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Andriy Shevchenko admits the 'wound is still bleeding' from the 2005 Champions League final collapse

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Riy Shevchenko has revealed that he has still not got over AC Milan's collapse against Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final.

Carlo Ancelotti's men led 3-0 at half time in Istanbul thanks to Alessandro Nesta's first-minute strike and a double from Hernan Crespo.



Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek made an astonishing save from Shevchenko late on before making the decisive stop from the Ukrainian's penalty in the shootout that followed to secure an improbable victory for the Reds in a game that became known as the Miracle of Istanbul.



Reflecting on the torment of that night, Shevchenko told Corriere della Sera in quotes carried by MARCA: 'The wound is still bleeding.



'The first months after the final I would wake up screaming in the middle of the night thinking about it.

'Now that I am a coach I think about those minutes in which we scored three goals.

Shevchenko left Milan the following year, but only after a seven-year spell at the San Siro that saw him score 173 goals in 296 games across all competitions, winning the Champions League in 2003 and Serie A the following year, as well as finishing as the league's top scorer in 2000 and 2004.The quotes are part of an interview promoting Shevchenko's new book, My Life, My Football, in which he also discusses the impact that the legendary coach Valery Lobanovskyi had on him at Dynamo Kiev and the upheaval he experienced as a children when he had to leave the capital city in the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.


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