Chelsea has won the 2012 UEFA Champions League after beating Germany’s Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout in Munich. The unlikely storyline of an English team beating a German team on penalties in a high-profile match provided a fitting end to a dramatic night, as Chelsea became Europe’s champion club for the first time.
The often theatrical figure of 34â€yearâ€old Didier Drogba, playing possibly his last game for the club as his Chelsea contract expires next month, was at the heart of the show. Drogba sent goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the wrong way to win the shootout 4â€3 in front of massed Bayern fans in their home arena. Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the previous penalty.
The shootout was needed after Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s spotâ€kick early in extra time. It was awarded for a foul by Drogba, whose 88th minute header earned an unlikely reprieve.
After 83 minutes of Bayern domination, Thomas Mueller broke the Chelsea resistance with a header past the outstanding Cech. Chelsea’s first Champions League title came four years after losing in a shootout to Manchester United.
Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Jerome Boateng, Diego Contento, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller (Daniel van Buyten, 87), Franck Ribery (Ivica Olic, 97), Mario Gomez.
Chelsea FC: Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou (Fernando Torres, 84), Juan Mata, Ryan Bertrand (Florent Malouda, 73), Didier Drogba.
Match report courtesy of Fox Soccer.