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Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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Uefa Cup group stage, November 27, 2008

For 30 glorious minutes every Pompey fan was in dreamland as their team led AC Milan in a never-to-be-forgotten clash.

It will go down in star and crescent folklore as one of the all-time nights under the lights as the Blues faced the European giants in the Uefa Cup.

An atmosphere, which was intense even by the standards of Fratton Park, reached fever pitch - and then exploded as Younes Kaboul headed Tony Adams’ team ahead in the 62nd minute.

Disbelieving supporters were then sent into a state of delirium 11 minutes later, as Kanu reacted quickest to Glen Johnson’s cross to bury a finish past Brazilian keeper Dida.

It looked as if Pompey were in line to defeat the famous Rossoneri, but there were more twists and turns remaining as Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho delivered a wonder 30-yard free-kick to beat a helpless David James in the 84th minute.

It still looked as if a win was in sight as the fourth official indicated three minutes of stoppage time.

But Italian poacher Pippo Inzaghi delivered a late blow as he turned in Gianluca Zambrotta’s cross with less than a minute left.

The sight of players like Ronaldinho, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso and Andriy Shevchenko lauding the Fratton faithful after the final whistle will live long in the memory.

POMPEY: James, Johnson, Kaboul, Distin, Belhadj, Little (Mvuemba 66), Diop, Hughes, Traore, Crouch, Kanu (Davis 81). 
AC MILAN: Dida, Zambrotta, Favalli, Senderos, Antonini, Gattuso (Seedorf 65), Emerson, Flamini, Kaka (Alexandre Pato 74), Inzaghi, Shevchenko (Ronaldinho 74).