MILAN - An infinitely more interesting Champions League semi-final second leg at the Meazza finished
one goal apiece, with Milan through to the final in Manchester on the away goals rule.
Against the run of play, Shevchenko fired Milan into the lead on the stroke of half time. The Ukraine forward dribbled Cordoba just outside the six-yard box then placed his shot past an advancing Toldo.
With Recoba ineffective and Di Biagio clearly feeling the effects of fatigue Hector Cuper made two half-time switches, opting for the pace of Martins up front and the flair of Dalmat on the right wing. The move paid off, though a shade too late, when Obagol brought the sides level with little over five minutes remaining. The Nigerian sensation took the ball past Maldini then rifled a shot past Abbiati to give the Nerazzurri a glimmer of hope.
A frenetic finale saw second-half substitute Kallon's angled shot on target deflected wide for a corner, and Cordoba went close with a near-post header that Abbiati somehow managed to keep out.