EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 5 (Reuters) - With pride bruised and relief etched on his face, AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to dwell on his side's stuttering passage into the Champions League final at the expense of PSV Eindhoven.
Massimo Ambrosini's superb glancing header and decisive away goal as the clock ticked into time added on ended PSV's brave effort to overturn a two-goal first leg semi-final deficit.
A 3-1 victory at the Philips Stadium on Wednesday was not enough to send the Dutch champions through.
Ironically PSV had not scored more than one goal at home in each of their five previous home games in the Champions League this season.
Instead, Milan will bid for a seventh European crown when they face underdogs Liverpool in the final in Istanbul on May 25.
Ancelotti said the Premier League side, in their first European Cup final since the start of the Champions League in 1992-93, would offer a different kind of test from that posed by Guus Hiddink's energetic PSV.
Milan's defence, hitherto outstanding in the competition with seven successive clean sheets, was run ragged by an energetic PSV.
Having snuffed out the threat of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Inter Milan's Adriano earlier in the competition , Milan failed to cope with the constant probes led by the tireless Korean Park Ji-Sung and the composed Mark van Bommel.
Even veteran Paolo Maldini, who sustained a knock to the head in the opening minutes, was given a torrid evening by Peruvian striker Jefferson Farfan before the Italian captain was substituted at halftime.
'We have a big squad of experienced players and they really helped us survive the battle. PSV played excellently and will have a squad that can challenge for European honours in the next few years,' said Ancelotti.
'Liverpool will be a completely different game. Their semi-final against Chelsea showed they are capable of keeping a clean sheet.
'They are a defensive side -- a very different team than PSV who like to dominate a match. But they will also be very hard to beat.'
Milan's victory kept them on course for the Serie A and European Cup double -- only been won twice before -- by Fabio Capello's Milan in 1994 and city rivals Inter in 1965.
This Sunday the defending champions face a crunch meeting with Juventus at the San Siro. The Rossoneri, looking to secure their 18th 'scudetto', are level on points with Juve with four games remaining.