Liverpool's 2005 Champions League victory in Istanbul played out on Twitter 1 month ago

Liverpool's 2005 Champions League victory in Istanbul played out on Twitter

May 25th is the anniversary of the Miracle of Istanbul, Liverpool's glorious comeback against AC Milan in the Champions League final.

15 years later, the Anfield faithful still recall that night like it was only yesterday but we've been wondering how the once-in-a-lifetime game might have gone down had Twitter been around in 2005.

1. Twenty years from their last European Cup final Liverpool are back in the big time

FIRST2. The journey from Taksim Square to the Ataturk is not without its complications

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3. The atmosphere is building outside the ground

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4. And the media have hit warp speed on the big day

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5. Others envisage a tricky night ahead for Liverpool’s gangly full back

6. There are stats. Lots of stats. There's always stats

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7. And the ITKs are already looking further ahead

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8. Current players have their say, but nobody wants to hear from them

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9. The team news drops. A certain Aussie starts for Liverpool

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10. At least one set of fans is happy with his inclusion

11. These are the nights that Clive Tyldesley lives for…

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The game finally gets underway

1 min: Paolo Maldini gets Milan off to a flyer

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To the delight of some people ...

22 min: Surprise, surprise - a certain Aussie is struggling

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Cue: Derision

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39 min: Liverpool are caught on the break and Crespo makes it 2-0

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41: Oh dear. Crespo makes it 3-0 and the party starts for everyone but Liverpool

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An ex-Liverpool striker offers compassion, but nobody wants to listen

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The one thing that unites Liverpool and United fans? Neither can believe what’s happening

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Half time: The Milan fans are celebrating

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On the message boards, Chelsea fans are celebrating too

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The official Liverpool FC account decides to keep things brief... and honest

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Back in the stadium, some fans have seen enough ...

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Though not all ...

Hope comes from certain quarters

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Someone has a ‘source’. There’s always a source

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The teams are back out at the Ataturk

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But an Irish legend is missing

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The second half is underway. Liverpool didn’t think it could get any worse but Jerzy Dudek is giving it a pretty good go

Andy Townsend is definitely making things worse

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While Djimi Traore is just being Djimi Traore

54 min: Gerrard intervenes. Hope. Not much hope, but hope all the same

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Thankfully there’s a journalist at hand to tell everyone the real importance of the thing they’ve just seen themselves with their own eyes

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56 min: After six seasons of making a passable imitation of a footballer, Vladimir Smicer finally decides to come good. Liverpool 2 Milan 3

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Andy Townsend isn't impressed

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59 min: Gerrard goes down. Penalty! It’s soft but no one cares. Well, someone cares

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60 min: Xabi Alonso misses the penalty

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60 min + a few seconds: Xabi Alonso scores the rebound

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Things are really getting out of hand now. The game has officially lost the plot

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It’s a long journey back into town for those who left at the break

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Things are really getting out of hand now

Jamie Carragher is everywhere, absolutely everywhere

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The Chelsea message boards have gone quiet

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90 min: And breathe…

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Extra time is the kind of cagey encounter everyone expected from the off

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With players dropping with cramp, Rafa tightens up

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Milan miss the only chance of the first half (of extra time)

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Half time. Again

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Piers Morgan has his say...

HT PiersThe 'my sport is better than your sport' brigade make an appearance...

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The game is going to penalties. Everyone knows it. Just blow it up, ref

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Andy Townsend is still managing to aggravate people

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Dudek flaps unconvincingly at a corner

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But then his moment arrives. Arise, Sir Jerzy

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We're going to penalties and there's only one reason that has happened. Dudek is now the hero

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It all comes down to penalties but someone has the inside track

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Cue: Bedlam

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12. Now it's Carlo Ancelotti's turn to feel the heat

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13. The celebrations are going on and on

14. Some are struggling to accept it

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15. An explanation for the madness we've all just witnessed

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16. A payrise for the social media guru at Carlsberg, please

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17. Someone shouldn't have left

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18. The captain signs off with the promise of many more to come...

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