Cafu (left) says AC Milan celebrated too early against Liverpool in 2005
Liverpool were three down at the break but secured one of football’s greatest comebacks to win the Champions League on penalties after drawing 3-3 after extra time.
Milan players were left stunned by the Reds’ comeback, with goals from Steven Gerard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso forcing a draw.
And World Cup winner Cafu has confirmed the rumours that Milan’s squad prematurely celebrated their victory in the dressing room at the break, only for Liverpool to respond in style in Istanbul.
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“It's true, yes,” Cafe told Four Four Two.
“We scored three great goals against a Liverpool team that was one of the most tactically aware sides I have ever faced – we thought it was our day, and we relaxed.
“When they scored the first two, we felt the impact. When they netted the third we just couldn’t believe it.
Cafu and goalkeeper Dida celebrate Milan's first goal in Istanbul
Cafu's Milan side let slip a three-goal lead over Liverpool
“It wasn’t Milan’s fault; Liverpool deserved that comeback. I have big admiration for Liverpool: maybe another team wouldn’t show so much character to get level after trailing 3-0 at half-time.
“Actually I realised it was all lost even before the penalty shootout started, when [Andriy] Shevchenko missed that clear opportunity right in front of [Jerzy] Dudek during extra time.”