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2003 UEFA Champions League Final

2003 UEFA Champions League Final
Match programme cover
Event 2002–03 UEFA Champions League
Milan won 3–2 on penalties
Date 28 May 2003
Venue Old Trafford, Manchester
Man of the Match Paolo Maldini (Milan)
Referee Markus Merk (Germany)
Attendance 63,300
Weather Clear
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The 2003 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, England on 28 May 2003 to decide the winner of the 2002–03 UEFA Champions League. The match was contested by two Italian teams: Juventus and Milan. The match made history as it was the first time two clubs from Italy had faced each other in the final. It was also the second intra-national final of the competition, following the all-Spanish 2000 UEFA Champions League Final three years earlier. Milan won the match via a penalty shoot-out after the game had finished 0–0 after extra time. It gave Milan their sixth success in the European Cup.


Juventus went into the Champions League final as champions of Italy for the 27th time. Milan came fourth in the league, finishing with sixteen fewer points than Juventus, and had to qualify for the third qualifying round. ln the Serie A games between the two sides in the 2001–02 season, Milan drew 1–1 at San Siro under Carlo Ancelotti on 9 December 2001,[2] while Juventus won 1–0 at Stadio delle Alpi on 14 April 2002 under Marcello Lippi.[3] They also met in the Coppa Italia games, where Juventus won 3–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals.[4][5]

Route to the final

For more details on this topic, see 2002–03 UEFA Champions League.


Milan won Group G of the first group round, a group that also included Bayern Munich, Lens and Deportivo La Coruña, advancing to the second group round where they won Group C. They defeated Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow. They lost only two matches (Dortmund 0–1, and Real Madrid 1–3), and advanced to the quarter-finals where they met Ajax. The first leg was a draw (0–0) so the decisive match was the one at the San Siro which Milan won (3–2). In the semi-finals, they met local rivals Internazionale. Both matches finished equal (0–0; 1–1), but Milan advanced on away goals.


Juventus won Group E of the first group round, in which the other teams were Newcastle United, Dynamo Kyiv and Feyenoord. They finished second in Group D of the second group round, after Manchester United, due to their losses against the English side (1–2; 0–3) and against Basel (1–2), but they qualified to the quarter-finals where they eliminated Barcelona in extra-time (1–1; 2–1). In the semi-final, Juventus met Real Madrid; they lost the first match (1–2), but they won the second (3–1), key midfielder Pavel Nedved picked up a second yellow card which meant he couldn't play in the final.

Juventus Round Milan
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Juventus 6 4 1 1 12 3 +9 13
23x15px Newcastle United 6 3 0 3 6 8 −2 9
23x15px Dynamo Kyiv 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
23x15px Feyenoord 6 1 2 3 4 8 −4 5
Group stage
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
23x15px Milan 6 4 0 2 12 7 +5 12
23x15px Deportivo La Coruña 6 4 0 2 11 12 −1 12
23x15px Lens 6 2 2 2 11 11 0 8
23x15px Bayern Munich 6 0 2 4 9 13 −4 2
Opponent Result Legs Knockout stage Opponent Result Legs
23x15px Barcelona 3–2 1–1 home; 1–2 away (a.e.t.) Quarter-finals 23x15px Ajax 3–2 0–0 away; 3–2 home
23x15px Real Madrid 4–3 1–2 away; 3–1 home Semi-finals 23x15px Internazionale 1–1 (a) 0–0 home; 1–1 away



After a brisk start, Milan had an Andriy Shevchenko goal ruled out after Rui Costa was deemed to have blocked Gianluigi Buffon's line of view from an offside position, although television replays showed that the Portuguese had moved out of Buffon's line of sight before the shot. Antonio Conte nearly scored for Juventus after coming on as a substitute in the second half, his header clattering against the post with Dida beaten. Andrea Pirlo also hit the bar for Milan. In the second half, both teams began to sit back and created few chances.

Both Juventus and Milan had injuries to defenders, Juventus' Igor Tudor leaving early in the first half after pulling a muscle in his right thigh. In extra time, Roque Júnior limped out due to fatigue and injury; as they had made all three of their allowed substitutions, they had to play the rest of the game with 10 men.

The penalty shoot-out has caused controversy among some fans as replays showed that Dida was in front of the goal line when saving penalties from David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Paolo Montero. Buffon was also off his line when saving penalties from Clarence Seedorf and Kakha Kaladze. Shevchenko put away the final penalty to win the European Cup for Milan for the sixth time. Shevchenko himself became the first Ukrainian footballer to win the European Cup.


GK 1 23x15px Gianluigi Buffon
RB 21 23x15px Lilian Thuram
CB 2 23x15px Ciro Ferrara
CB 5 23x15px Igor Tudor Substituted off 42'
LB 4 23x15px Paolo Montero
RM 16 23x15px Mauro Camoranesi Substituted off 46'
CM 3 23x15px Alessio Tacchinardi Booked 69'
CM 26 23x15px Edgar Davids Substituted off 65'
LM 19 23x15px Gianluca Zambrotta
CF 17 23x15px David Trezeguet
CF 10 23x15px Alessandro Del Piero (c) Booked 111'
GK 12 23x15px Antonio Chimenti
DF 7 23x15px Gianluca Pessotto
DF 13 23x15px Mark Iuliano
MF 8 23x15px Antonio Conte Substituted in 46'
MF 15 23x15px Alessandro Birindelli Substituted in 42'
FW 24 23x15px Marco Di Vaio
FW 25 23x15px Marcelo Zalayeta Substituted in 65'
23x15px Marcello Lippi
GK 12 23x15px Dida
RB 19 23x15px Alessandro Costacurta Booked 18' Substituted off 66'
CB 13 23x15px Alessandro Nesta
CB 3 23x15px Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 23x15px Kakha Kaladze
RM 8 23x15px Gennaro Gattuso
CM 21 23x15px Andrea Pirlo Substituted off 71'
LM 20 23x15px Clarence Seedorf
AM 10 23x15px Rui Costa Substituted off 87'
CF 7 23x15px Andriy Shevchenko
CF 9 23x15px Filippo Inzaghi
GK 18 23x15px Christian Abbiati
DF 24 23x15px Martin Laursen
DF 25 23x15px Roque Júnior Substituted in 66'
MF 17 23x15px Cristian Brocchi
MF 23 23x15px Massimo Ambrosini Substituted in 87'
MF 27 23x15px Serginho Substituted in 71'
FW 11 23x15px Rivaldo
23x15px Carlo Ancelotti

Man of the Match:
23x15px Paolo Maldini (Milan)

Assistant referees:
23x15px Christian Schräer (Germany)
23x15px Heiner Müller (Germany)
Fourth official:
23x15px Wolfgang Stark (Germany)


First half[6]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 4 5
Shots on target 1 3
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 2 7
Fouls committed 12 13
Offsides 0 4
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0
Second half and extra time[7]
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 7 9
Shots on target 1 3
Ball possession 51% 49%
Corner kicks 3 6
Fouls committed 22 10
Offsides 1 2
Yellow cards 2 0
Red cards 0 0
Statistic Juventus Milan
Goals scored 0 0
Total shots 11 14
Shots on target 2 6
Ball possession 49% 51%
Corner kicks 5 13
Fouls committed 34 23
Offsides 1 6
Yellow cards 2 1
Red cards 0 0

See also


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  2. ^ "Serie A 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–1 12/09/2001". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Serie A 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–0 04/14/2002". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Italian Cup 2001/02: Milan – Juventus 1–2 01/23/2002". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Italian Cup 2001/02: Juventus – Milan 1–1 02/06/2002". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Half Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Full Time Summary" (PDF). UEFA. UEFA. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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