BBC -- I walked away from the television as Liverpool Football Club entered the locker room down 0-3 to Milan at halftime because I don't like watching humiliation. When the second half started, my only interest was how Liverpool would restore some pride. Then the most astonishing comeback I have ever witnessed unfolded on the pitch. Liverpool won the Champions League for the fifth time in club history. Amazing. Inspirational.
Liverpool won with a couple of outstanding players and a bunch of good players. They won with a weaker team and beat some of the best teams in Europe along the way to the final round. Coach Rafael Benitez has a Champions League trophy now, earned by a team that finished 37 points behind this season's Premiership champions, Chelsea. But that finish is much less astounding than what unfolded during the second half in Istanbul. Liverpool won the 2005 Champions League on a penalty shoot-out, 5-4, performing like champions.