Deportivo Coruna produced the biggest comeback in Champions League history to overturn a 4-1 first-leg defeat and knock out holders Milan in the Champions League quarter-finals.
“The game turned out exactly the way I dreamed it would,” Depor coach Javier Irureta told reporters after his side’s 4-0 victory.
“We knew we were facing a difficult task in this game but we gave a sensational first-half display to get the three goals we needed.
“In the second half we played the right game given that we were 3-0 up and getting the fourth goal allowed us to relax a little.”
Trailing 4-1 from the first leg, few people gave Depor any chance of vercoming the deficit, but three first half goals drew the Spanish side level on agggregate and ahead on away goals and a fourth goal 14 minutes from time, sealed the tie.
“I was never sure we would win until we scored the fourth,” Irureta told Radio Marca.
“Milan are a very dangerous side and we could never really ease up.”
Deportivo now face last season’s UEFA Cup winners Porto in their first Champions League semi-final.
“It will be very tight,” he said.
“They’re a team with a very good record in the past two years and have played at an exceptional level in the UEFA Cup, the Champions League and in the Portuguese league.
“The good thing is that it isn’t far for the fans to travel and we can be assured of plenty of support there.”