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The 2007-08 UEFA Champions League is the 53rd edition of the European championship football tournament and the 16th edition under the current UEFA Champions League format.
The final is scheduled to be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 21 May 2008. However, due to an upcoming review of venues eligible to host the Champions League Final (announced by UEFA President Michel Platini on 6 June 2007) this decision could be reversed, and a stadium with enhanced turnstile and ticketing technology chosen instead.
Rinat Dasayev is appointed as the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final Ambassador.
The top two teams from each UEFA Champions League group go into the first knockout round in the spring, with the third-placed clubs to enter the UEFA Cup Round of 32.
If two or more teams are level on points they are split by (a) higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question, (b) superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question (c) higher number of goals scored away from home the group matches played among the teams in question (d) superior goal difference from all matches played, (e) higher number of goals scored, (f) higher number of coefficient points accumulated by the club in question, as well as their association, over the previous five seasons.
The Luzhniki stadium, formerly known as the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin stadium, was inaugurated in 1956. Owned by FC Torpedo Moskva, it is the biggest sports arena in Russia with 84,745 covered seats. The capacity reached 103,000 when the Luzhniki sports complex staged the Olympic Games in 1980, but was reduced following renovation work between 1995 and 1997.
It is one of few major European stadiums to use an artificial pitch, having installed the UEFA-approved FieldTurf surface in 2002 to withstand the effects of the freezing winters, although a new natural grass pitch will be laid for the final. Luzhniki held the 1999 UEFA Cup final between Parma FC and Olympique de Marseille, and last week hosted the first UEFA Champions League match on artificial turf, between FC Spartak Moskva and Sporting Clube de Portugal.
|11 - 12 December 2007||Group stage, Matchday 6|
|21 December 2007||Draw for First knockout round|
|19 - 20 February 2008||First knockout round, 1st leg|
|4 - 5 March 2008||First knockout round, 2nd leg|
|7 March 2008||Draw for remaining rounds|
|1 - 2 April 2008||Quarter-finals, 1st leg|
|8 - 9 April 2008||Quarter-finals, 2nd leg|
|22 - 23 April 2008||Semi-finals, 1st leg|
|29 - 30 April 2008||Semi-finals, 2nd leg|
|21 May 2008||Final in Moscow, Russia|
Unlike the other knockout rounds, the final was played in only one match with extra time in case of a draw at 90 minutes. If the teams were still level following extra time, a penalty shoot-out would have determined the winner.
AC Milan scored first through Filippo Inzaghi just before half time. Inzaghi scored again in the 82nd minute, before Dirk Kuyt scored a late consolation goal a minute before full time.
The winner (A.C. Milan) will go on to represent Europe at the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup.
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