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Chelsea snatch victory over Bayern on penalties

The Local · 20 May 2012, 00:26

Published: 20 May 2012 00:26 GMT+02:00

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Drogba stepped up to rifle home the winning penalty for Chelsea after earlier saving his side with an equalising goal two minutes from time to cancel out what looked like the winner from Thomas Müller as the final finished 1-1.

It was an agonising defeat for Bayern, who saw midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger miss with their final kick to give Drogba the opportunity to score the penalty to clinch the shoot-out 4-3.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech also saved brilliantly from Ivica Olic to get his team back into the shoot-out after Juan Mata had missed the Premier League side's opening effort.

Cech had earlier saved a Bayern penalty from Arjen Robben in the first period of extra-time as the English side defied the odds once more.

Drogba's winning spot-kick was a fairytale ending for the 34-year-old Ivorian striker, who had been sent off in the final minutes of Chelsea's Champions League final defeat in Moscow four years ago.

"We have been doing this for years and years. There is a great spirit at the club, we never give up until the end," said Drogba.

"Today was just amazing. Even if they had scored their penalty in extra-time, Juan Mata said we can get another goal. We all believed."

Full-back Ashley Cole added: "We should have lost the game with the amount of chances they had."

“After we lost in Napoli [last 16 first leg], we thought if we can beat them at home then we have the luck and we can win the tournament.

“Even when Robben missed the penalty, we still thought we had time to get another goal and with Petr Cech in goal, we knew we could do it."

The win capped a rollercoaster season for Chelsea, whose campaign has been transformed since Roberto Di Matteo was appointed as interim manager in March, following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas.

Di Matteo has guided the club to a Champions League and FA Cup double in the space of a fortnight and is now favourite to land the job on a full-time basis.

Chelsea's victory - the club's first European crown and the first by a London team - also means they will qualify for next season's Champions League as tournament winners despite a poor league campaign.

But the loss left Bayern shattered as their dream of lifting their fifth European title before their own fans at their home ground ended in agony.

A match Bayern had dominated went to penalties after a frenetic finish to normal time, with Müller heading Bayern into the lead seven minutes from time only for Drogba to equalise in the 88th minute.

A dramatic start to extra-time then saw Bayern's former Chelsea winger Robben miss a penalty - saved by Cech - that was given after Drogba had needlessly brought down Franck Ribery in the area.

For much of the match a Bayern victory had looked the most likely outcome, with the Bundesliga giants revelling in the raucous support of their home fans.

Schweinsteiger was the first to set alarms off in the Chelsea back four, having his shot deflected behind by Gary Cahill after only three minutes.

Chelsea coach Di Matteo had sprung a surprise by handing a first Champions League start to youngster Ryan Bertrand in an effort to cut off the supply lines to Robben down the right flank.

However the wily Dutchman found space with ease in the eighth minute, cutting in from the flank and curling a shot over the bar.

The former Chelsea winger produced the best chance of the half on 21 minutes, teasing the ball past Jose Bosingwa to dart into the area. Robben's shot was low and hard, but Cech stuck out a leg and the ball cannoned to safety.

The closing stages of the half saw Bayern up the tempo and they carved out a string of openings that they could well have scored from.

On 36 minutes Ribery and Diego Contento combined down the left to send Contento racing away. The left-back whipped in an inviting cross but Müller could only slash his first-time volley wide of the post.

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The second half followed largely the same pattern as the first, with Bayern having a goal disallowed for offside by Ribery on 54 minutes.

The Germans were thwarted by some dogged Chelsea defending, with Cole saving the Londoners with a series of telling interventions.

It looked as if it was all over for Chelsea when Müller headed in to put Bayern 1-0 up seven minutes from time. But Drogba had other ideas to set up the extra-time finale.

Chelsea looked to have squandered parity in the fourth minute of extra-time, when Drogba needlessly clipped Ribery to concede the softest of penalties from referee Pedro Proenca.

Once again though Chelsea's refusal to yield came to their rescue, Cech diving low to his left to thwart Robben's spot-kick with his legs as the tension rose to excruciating levels.


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07:49 May 20, 2012 by Chigozie Ohanweh
An advice for Joachim Low, drop Gomez now and u wil be sparing ur self and Germany as a whole a heart attack in Euro 2012, because i won't want him to break German hearts just as he broke the hearts of the B munich fans, i feel sorry for them, his so profligate in front of goal, he also missed tons of sitters against Real madrid B munich was just lucky to sail through. Please J Low do not include him in your Euro 2012 team, Please save our hearts.
07:52 May 20, 2012 by Englishted
Good game, hard luck Bayern but well done Chelski.

I hope U.E.F.A. change the rule soon so no team can have such home town advantage again.
08:53 May 20, 2012 by Bigfoot76
If the Defense played that way all season, there would be more trophies at Säbener Strasse today. They really stepped up and even the one goal that Chelsea did get was not an easy one. So often the middle defense has just given away goals but they were very solid.

Robben failed on the penalty but it was actually a shot on goal that was stopped as opposed to last time where he sent it into the stands so I can not fault him.

If I did not see the lineup before the match, I would not have even known Gomez was in the match. He did not do much.

It is disappointing that Bayern really dominated but did not get the win. It is always said that "we deserved to win" but Chelsea can not say that in this case. They won but by no means did they deserve it.
09:43 May 20, 2012 by Englishted

Of cause they deserved it ,they should never have had to play the game at München's own ground it was totally unfair ,and so as the away team they did what most teams do and try to score on the break .

A win is a win and penalizes have many times worked in the Germans favour (even in the semi-final) so it has come back to haunt them.
10:45 May 20, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Bayern had 20 corner kicks to Chelseas 1. Bayern out shot Chelsea 43-9. Bayern held the ball 56% of the time (although it was expected they would have much more possession). Statistically Chelsea should have been steamrolled. As far as being a home field advantage for Bayern, "one-third of the seats go to Bayern, one-third to Chelsea". The rest go to the wealthy corporations and businesses who reserved their tickets months ago before anyone knew who would be in the final. So the only thing left is that they played in a building that Bayern plays in more often than Chelsea. What advantage is that?
11:56 May 20, 2012 by smart2012
With a crapy player like Gomez u do not deserve to win... Bayern sold Toni, poldy and klose to get instead Gomez and olic. No way. Money makes a difference, and abramovic could afford better player (drogba, cech, mikel, Torres!)
12:23 May 20, 2012 by Englishted

You are joking? Bayern fans made up only one third of the crowd ,and there was no home advantage what?

How long have you been a football fan?


Ah but why are B.V.B. so good when their spending is so small compered to many others? answer is they play as a team and have a great trainer.
13:06 May 20, 2012 by smart2012
U r right, bvb is a great team for bundesliga, but what did they do in Europe?
14:17 May 20, 2012 by Englishted

What did any team apart from Chelski do in Europe ?.

By your logic Clelski are only 6th in England so all above them are not better?
15:59 May 20, 2012 by Al uk
@bigfoot stats don't win matches, goals do!
17:18 May 20, 2012 by smart2012
Real and Barcelona lost at penalty or against Chelsea. And Chelsea started with a manager with no clue ie villas boas. Machester city too young as a team to be competitive in EU, man united and arsenal are missing American money. In soccer money counts unfortunately..
20:52 May 21, 2012 by Englishted

Some good points but it is not always money (thank goodness) sometimes a good young side will sweep all before them rare but possible still.

Man city are not to young but they still have not gelled as a team (to many cooks spoiling the broth ) they won the league but there still is room for better things .

By the way I support Birmingham City so I am fairly natural.
22:09 May 21, 2012 by Steve Potts
(i) Bayern's stadium is magnificent

(ii) Chelsea, the underdogs did what a lot of underdogs do and that is defend and wait for an oportunity to attack.

(iii) Bayern had a lot of play but failed to take their chances and a lot of their shots were from outside of the box.

Chelsea played an unattractive but good technical game as per the rules and came out trumps because they converted their penalties. End...
11:15 May 26, 2012 by dirving71

Bayern dominated every statistic but the one that counted and that is the scoreboard. More often than not, if you have a chance to put a team away and you do not, they will take the match at the end. That is what Chelsea did. Bayern had their chances but did not convert. That does not mean they deserved to win--only that they had more chances. If they "deserved" to win, they would have converted more of their chances or they would have converted all of their chances in the penalty shoot-out after Chelsea gave them an early advantage with the first miss. Bayern did not get robbed by an atrocious call by the referee which I see more in soccer than any other sport. They simply did not get it done. Anyway, however you decide to frame it, Chelsea won and Bayern lost. End of story.
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