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New discoveries by Greek archaeologists May 23, 2007

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Greek archaeologists discover thousands of miniature clay pots and statuettes

Archaeologists in central Greece have discovered thousands of miniature clay pots and statuettes in the ruins of an ancient sanctuary possibly dedicated to the Three Graces, officials said Wednesday.

In volume, it is one of the richest finds in recent years. Excavations near Orchomenos, 130 kilometers northwest of Athens, revealed sparse remains of retaining walls from a small rural shrine, a Culture Ministry statement said.

A rock-carved shaft was found to contain thousands of pottery offerings, dating from the early 5th century B.C. until at least the 3rd century B.C, the statement said. The finds included miniature pots, clay figurines of women and animals, as well as clay busts and lamps.

“The identity of the deities worshipped there is not yet clear, but it is certain that they were goddesses associated with plant growth and fertility,” the Ministry statement said.

It said a famous sanctuary of the Three Graces deities of growth and beauty was known to have stood in ancient Orchomenos, and one of the offerings was inscribed with the name of Eurynome, mother of the Graces.

Live from Athens > UEFA Champions League Final May 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Football.
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At 45th minute AC Milan scored >

AC Milan 1 – Liverpool 0

More news later

UPDATE >

At the 82nd minute

AC Milan 2 – Liverpool 0

UPDATE >

At the 89th minute

AC Milan 2 – Liverpool 1

UPDATE >

Game Over!

AC MILAN IS THE NEW CHAMPION!

Congratulations to AC MILAN! Congratulations to LIVERPOOL!

They both deserve a BRAVO, A BRAVO also goes to their fans and supporters.

And a BRAVO finally to Athens City and Greece 🙂

AC Milan wins return bout with Liverpool > AC Milan opens the scoring late in the first half with striker Filippo Inzaghi, who later doubled his tally for the Italian club last night. Liverpool narrowed near the end but were unable to get back into the contest.

AC Milan survived pressure from Liverpool in the second half of the Champions League final in Athens yesterday before building on a first-half lead to win the game 2-1 and claim their seventh European Cup.

In a tense match at the Olympic Stadium that did not provide the same excitement as when these two teams met in Istanbul two years ago, Liverpool threatened a last-minute comeback when Dirk Kuyt scored a close-range header in the 90th minute but it proved not to be enough.

Filippo Inzaghi, Milan’s top scorer in European competition, had rounded Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to slot home the decisive goal six minutes earlier. It was enough for Milan to claim victory at the same ground in which they won the trophy in 1994.

The goal came against the run of play, as Liverpool dominated the second half in the search for an equalizer as the English side sought their sixth European Cup. Their best chance came in the 63rd minute when their charismatic captain Steven Gerrard failed to make the most of a one-on-one with Milan’s Brazilian goalkeeper Dida.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez threw on Australian winger Harry Kewell and tall striker Peter Crouch but Liverpool were not able to repeat the heroics of two years ago.

The Italians had the first shot of the game in the 17th minute through Brazilian midfielder Kaka though it was easily saved by Reina.

Liverpool struck back with several long range shots of their own but their best chance came in the 36th minute when Dirk Kuyt’s effort from inside the area was blocked just in time by the Milan defense.

It took a goal that did not really befit the occasion to break the deadlock on the stroke of halftime. Andrea Pirlo’s free kick on the edge of the Liverpool penalty area was deflected off his striker Inzaghi and past the wrongfooted Reina.

Milan’s victory was sweet revenge for their defeat at the hands of Liverpool in a penalty shootout in the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul.