Saturday 19 May 2012

Chelsea triumph in UEFA Champions League final

Blues beat Bayern Munich on penalties to win their first European Cup

Chelsea's players celebrate Didier Drogba's winning penalty aqainst Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea
Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties

Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history on a dramatic night in Germany against Bayern Munich.

The Barclays Premier League side triumphed in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw against Bayern, with Didier Drogba scoring the winning penalty to earn the Blues the European Cup.

Bayern took the lead towards the end of the 90 minutes through Thomas Muller, before Drogba levelled in the closing stages and Chelsea won on penalties.

German giants Bayern had the bulk of the possession in the first half and created the better chances as a result, though striker Mario Gomez missed three gilt-edged chances.

Chelsea defended deep and looked to hit their opponents on the break, with Drogba often isolated up front as the Blues kept their opponents at bay.

Petr Cech saved well from Arjen Robben before Bayern took the lead with only eight minutes remaining in normal time, Muller heading in a Toni Kroos cross at the far post.

But Chelsea refused to be beaten, and in the 88th minute Drogba powered in a header from a Juan Mata corner to hand the Blues a precious equaliser.

Bayern had the chance to take the lead in the first period of extra-time, but Robben saw his penalty saved by Cech after Drogba brought down Franck Ribery in the Chelsea penalty area.

And when it went to penalties, Juan Mata missed for Chelsea, but Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ivica Olic missed for Bayern before Drogba slotted in the Blues winner.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea win UEFA Champions League by beating Bayern Munich
  • Muller scored for Bayern; Drogba header levelled it
  • Cech saved Robben spot-kick in extra-time and Blues won penalty shootout
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