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Shoot-out win ends Chelsea's long wait for glory

Published: Saturday 19 May 2012, 23.47CET
FC Bayern München 1-1 Chelsea FC (aet, Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties)
Chelsea finally claimed their first UEFA Champions League title, Didier Drogba converting the decisive spot kick to deny Bayern a home victory.
by Andrew Haslam
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernChelsea

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
4
Attempts off target18
 
3
Corners20
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
26
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Saturday 19 May 2012, 23.47CET

Shoot-out win ends Chelsea's long wait for glory

FC Bayern München 1-1 Chelsea FC (aet, Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties)
Chelsea finally claimed their first UEFA Champions League title, Didier Drogba converting the decisive spot kick to deny Bayern a home victory.

Chelsea FC's long quest to win the UEFA Champions League finally reached a successful conclusion as a penalty shoot-out triumph ended FC Bayern München's hopes of becoming the first team to win the competition in their own stadium.

Bayern largely held the upper hand throughout yet were unable to capitalise until Thomas Müller headed in with seven minutes remaining, and it looked like the trophy was heading to Munich for a fifth time. Chelsea and Didier Drogba had other ideas, the Ivorian levelling in the 88th minute with a powerful header, and when Petr Čech kept out Arjen Robben's penalty after Drogba had fouled Franck Ribéry early in extra time, their hopes rose even higher.

With neither side able to find a winner it took spot kicks to decide the contest, a prospect both sides were all too familiar with; Bayern's last triumph came in a 2001 shoot-out while Chelsea lost by the same method four years ago.

The German club had also beaten Real Madrid CF on penalties in the semi-finals, and when Manuel Neuer saved Juan Mata's first kick, they had the initiative again. Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez, David Luiz, Neuer himself and Frank Lampard all converted before Čech saved from Ivica Olić. Ashley Cole restored parity and Čech then touched Bastian Schweinsteiger's effort on to a post, leaving Drogba to slot in the final kick to spark unconfined Chelsea joy.

Much had been made of Bayern's familiarity with the surroundings and their fans attempted to make the atmosphere like a home game, unveiling a banner reading 'Unsere Stadt, Unser Stadion, Unser Pokal' – our city, our stadium, our cup – as the teams emerged. Their favourites started brightly as Chelsea's reshuffled rearguard came under intense scrutiny.

Roberto Di Matteo had opted to give 22-year-old Ryan Bertrand a UEFA Champions League debut in an unfamiliar role on the left of midfield in a bid to hold Robben in check, but Bayern's threat was relentless. In the 18th minute Müller's clever flick found Gomez in space but, with the goal at his mercy, the competition's second top scorer this season missed his kick.

Minutes later Robben switched flanks but the danger he posed remained unchanged, the Dutch international wriggling away from two defenders inside the penalty area. A low shot struck Čech's right shin and only the right-hand post kept the scoresheet blank.

Bayern had won all seven of their home European matches this season, scoring 21 goals, yet chances continued to come and go. Müller volleyed Diego Contento's left-wing cross wide when unmarked, before Gomez wrong-footed Gary Cahill only to shoot into the crowd with just Čech to beat.

The German side had managed 11 shots to Chelsea's two in the first period, although with nine missing the target it was clear where improvement was needed. Robben had an effort blocked by Cole, Ribéry's joy at tapping in the rebound cut short by an offside flag.

Bayern's corner count was mounting steadily although Jupp Heynckes' side were struggling to penetrate Chelsea's deep-lying defence. It took a fortunate rebound off Ribéry to give Müller another opportunity; again the shot was wayward.

Seven minutes from time, Bayern's No25 made no mistake, creeping in at the back post to meet Toni Kroos' left-wing cross with a firm header that bounced up and in off the underside of the crossbar. The home fans were preparing to party – five minutes later the songs died on their lips as Drogba's emphatic near-post header from Mata's right-wing corner proved too powerful for Neuer to keep out.

Once more celebrations proved short-lived as Drogba clipped Ribéry's right foot three minutes into extra time but again Chelsea survived, Čech diving to his left to block Robben's driven penalty. The omens looked to be with Chelsea, and so it proved.

Last updated: 30/11/12 17.51CET

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Quotes

  • Jupp Heynckes

    Read more"We must blame ourselves for having so many opportunities without profiting. When you score in the 83rd minute you need to keep that lead"

  • Roberto Di Matteo

    Read more"Football, and life, is sometimes unpredictable and crazy. I don't think anyone could have predicted this. We've had a difficult season"

Lineups

bayern

Bayern

chelsea

Chelsea

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution96 ET
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
Yellow Card81
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Penalty95 ET
4
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card86
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
8
LampardFrank Lampard (C)
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
10
Juan MataJuan Mata
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Goal83
Substitution87
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal88
Yellow Card93 ET
26
ContentoDiego Contento
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Yellow Card2
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
33
GomezMario Gomez
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution84
39
KroosToni Kroos
24
CahillGary Cahill
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
34
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Substitution73

Substitutes

22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
Substitution87
5
EssienMichael Essien
9
PetersenNils Petersen
6
Oriol RomeuOriol Romeu
11
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution96 ET
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution84
Yellow Card120 ET
13
RafinhaRafinha
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
Substitution73
14
UsamiTakashi Usami
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge

Coach

Jupp Heynckes (GER) Roberto Di Matteo (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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