DE­PORTIVO 4 MI­LAN 0

Quar­ter-fi­nal, sec­ond leg, 2003-04

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No team had ever man­aged to over­turn a three-goal first-leg deficit in the his­tory of the Cham­pi­ons League, as De­portivo tried to over­come a 4-1 maul­ing by hold­ers Mi­lan at the Ri­a­zor. Man­ager Javier Irureta, how­ever, had a dream. Lit­er­ally, be­com­ing con­vinced of his play­ers’ suc­cess on the morn­ing of the match. ‘El Ri­fle’ Wal­ter Pan­di­ani, Juan Car­los Valeron (far right) and Al­bert Luque gave De­por a 3-0 half-time lead. Fran’s win­ner on 76 min­utes left Carlo Ancelotti look­ing like he’d seen a ghost. “The game turned out ex­actly the way I dreamt it,” Irureta said at full-time. “It was al­most mis­sion im­pos­si­ble, but we gave a sen­sa­tional first-half dis­play to get the three goals that we needed.”

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