Milan trio admit lucky escape

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Milan trio Massimo Ambrosini, Andrei Shevchenko and Jaap Stam all conceded fortune played its part in their progression to the UEFA Champions League final.

The Italian giants will now play Liverpool in Istanbul after Ambrosini's last minute away goal secured a final place despite a 3-1 defeat against PSV Eindhoven.

The Dutch champions were excellent throughout, a fact acknowledge by all three of Milan's players.

"We didn't play a good match, PSV played better,'' conceded Ambrosini.

''We have been good in limiting the damages because they played absolutely better.

''We could have lost - honour to PSV. Now we must learn from this evening's mistakes, knowing we have to face a final."

Shevchenko, who was shackled effectively all evening, was equally magnaminous in accepting that PSV's performance was impressive but insisted a crucial domestic game with Juventus was now priority.

He said: "It has been an hard match. We suffered a lot, but I think we deserved the result, because we struggled until the end.

''Luckily what happened against Deportivo La Coruna didn't happen again.

''But for now, it's hard struggling always at these levels. Istanbul? Before that match we have to think about Juve, then we will see.

''Sure, the final is the most beautiful thing that could happen. But now we must think to Sunday, we will play a head-to-head with a really big side like Juventus."

Former Manchester United stopper Jaap Stam, who is fully aware of Liverpool's capabilities, was left frustrated after being so comprehensively beaten on the night.

"I think we have suffered for the whole match, PSV played in a really good way,'' said Stam.

''We are happy for the fact we go to Istanbul and the final, but the fact we lost this match is annoying me.

''The final with Liverpool will be really hard.

''We are tired but on Sunday we have a really important match to face and we must recover quickly.''