Almost exactly a year after their heart-stopping win over AC Milan, Liverpool found themselves embattled in an FA Cup Final with West Ham United.
In similar fashion, the Reds found themselves down 2-0 early on. Then, in the 32nd minute, Steven Gerrard delivered a trademark long ball right at the feet Djibril Cisse, who slipped it past the keeper.
Gerrard's vision makes him one of the best in the world, and that pass was delivered on time and on a dime.
It was Stevie who equalized in the 54th minute on a venomous volley, and that would have been the goal of the game, perhaps of the tournament—would have been.
In the 64th minute, an impossible goal by left-back Paul Konchesky sailed over Pepe Reina. By the 90th minute, a 3-2 finish seemed the likely final.
And then came the goal. According to Gerrard, it was his best ever. Just seconds after regulation and seconds before the fourth official raised his board for four extra minutes, Gerrard picked his spot from 35 yards out.
The ball stayed low and true and sailed past Shaka Hislop for the third time. Liverpool won the penalty shootout 3-1, and of course Gerrard's found the back of the net.