Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko admitted that the goal he scored to take Milan through to the Champions League final, was the most important strike of his career.

Shevchenko put Milan ahead on the stroke of half-time and, although Inter levelled the scores through Nigerian substitute Obafemi Martins seven minutes from the end, the 1-1 draw was enough for Milan to go through on the away goals rule.

“Certainly it was the most important goal of my career and now we can hope for the best in the final,” Shevchenko told Italian television immediately after the match.

“It was a battle more than a match,” added Shevchenko.

, “No-one likes to be second. Inter did very well but we did more than them. It was a tough game but it was within the rules and the referee handled it very well.”

Milan go through to the final in Manchester on May 28 to meet the winners of the Juventus-Real Madrid semi-final, played tomorrow in Turin.r.