PHOTO OF THE WEEK: The San Siro ablaze after incredible Champions League tie
Inter’s Marco Materazzi and Milan’s Rui Costa nonchalantly observe incoming flares during the Champions League Quarter Final second leg on April 12, 2005
A wonderful image of unity between two competitive players during a disturbing time.
With Milan two nil up from the first leg and a three up on aggregate in the second leg of the 2004/05 Champions League Quarter Final, referee Marcus Merk controversially disallowed an Esteban Cambiasso header, a goal an aggravated Inter fanbase so desperately craved.
Incensed Inter fans subsequently threw flares at Milan goalkeeper Dida, who was struck on the shoulder. The game was eventually abandoned in the 73 minute with firefighters called, and UEFA would go onto hand the game to Milan as a 3-0 walkover. Inter were fined 200,000 Euros, the largest in UEFA’s history, for spoiling such a momentous and anticipated fixture on a continental stage, and were also ordered to play their first four Champions League matches the following season behind closed doors.
This game was one of the most notorious derbies in Milan football history.
Some irony? Andriy Shevchenko contentiously escaped being sent off for headbutting Materazzi- (the same Materazzi who would later provoke Zinidine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup Final) in the opening minutes of this game.