‘It was terrible… the memory of 2005 came back’: Kaka reveals AC Milan players were scared after Dirk Kuyt pulled a goal back in the 2007 Champions League final… in case Liverpool pulled off another miracle
- AC Milan got revenge in the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool
- The Reds mounted an iconic comeback in the 2005 final to beat AC on penalties
- The Serie A side went 2-0 up in 2007 before Dirk Kuyt got one back for Liverpool
- Kaka admits he and his team-mates were terrified of a repeat comeback charge
Kaka has revealed Dirk Kuyt’s late strike in the 2007 Champions League final sent shivers down the AC Milan stars’ spines, dreading another Liverpool comeback.
The San Siro side were in the late stages of a golden period in 2007, reaching three European finals in six years and winning in 2003 and 2007.
The 2005 title was the one that got away after an unforgettable final, as underdogs Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down to win on penalties.
Kaka has revealed the dread AC Milan players felt when Liverpool scored in the 2007 final
Two years earlier, the Reds had stunned Milan with a comeback from 3-0 down to win the final
Every member of the Milan team were scarred by 2005, but they made amends in 2007
Two years later the Italians were granted a shot at revenge, edging 2-0 ahead before Kuyt made the final minutes excruciating for the Rossoneri in the 89th minute.
‘It was terrible, it was terrible when they scored the goal because the memory of 2005 came back: “Oh no, not again,”‘ the Brazilian icon told the club website.
‘It was a battle of wills and we felt the fear. Fortunately, we held out and were able to celebrate at the end.’
Kuyt scored in the 89th minute, making the final minutes painful for the fans of AC Milan
Liverpool couldn’t pull off another shocking comeback against the legend-packed Milan squad
Filippo Inzaghi scored both of Milan’s goals on the night, spearheading an iconic XI featuring Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Paolo Maldini.
Kaka won a World Cup and the Ballon d’Or in a glorious career, making 307 appearances for AC Milan, scoring 104 goals and providing 85 assists from midfield.
Now 38-years-old and retired, Kaka’s most recent on-pitch action saw him play in a seven-a-side game in Hackney for an Adidas campaign, being stunned by a nutmeg before making amends with his more familiar flair.