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Impossible! Liverpool sunk at half time in Istanbul, three goals down!
But entering the dressing room AC Milan players were celebrating,
and the quiet tactician took out his pen, started plotting his changes.
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Hamman to enter the fray – he was sacrificing Finnan at right back,
and suddenly the plot started to play differently for El Amor Brujo –
Rafa the Magician, as in the ballet by his countryman De Falla.
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The Magician wove his spell and Gerrard scored on a header
from Riise’s center, Liverpool shocked back into the match, Milan
rocking and rocked further by Smicer’s snap goal and Alonso’s pen.
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Then Dudek capped the season with a magical display of duplicity
to trick the Milan penalty takers, a lesson from Grobbelaar in ’84;
in his African twang, Bruce hailed Jerzy “a starfish with jelly legs.”
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More magic as the actress in the red dress carried out the cup
with its big ears that had seemed beyond Liverpool’s reach. No
wonder a spellbound Stevie Gerrard sneaked a kiss of the silver!