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Top 10 Champions League games ever: 6 - Chelsea v Bayern Munich
Published : 03 Oct 2012 14:52:01
The most recent final, and the two tales of how these two sides reached the final could not be more different.
Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich, in Munich, in a dramatic penalty shootout to win the Champions League for the first time.
Regarding the game, Bayern were entirely dominant, Bayern had numerous chances to wreck the dream of Roman Abramovich for Chelsea to win The Champions League – they even led 3-1 in the all decisive penalty shootout!
Thomas Mueller's late header put Bayern ahead, on the brink on victory on home territory, before Chelsea striker Didier Drogba levelled things up with a bullet header of his own. Before eventually converting the decisive spot-kick. However, Drogba was not a hero for much longer. The Ivorian conceded a penalty after clumsily bringing down Frank Ribery, only for Petr Cech to save Arjen Robben's penalty.
As the game ventured on to a penalty shootout, Juan Mata was firs to miss, for Chelsea. Although goals from Frank Lampard, David Luiz and Ashley Cole got Chelsea off to a good start. Phillip Lahm, Mario Gomez and even goal-keeper Manuel Neuer were on target for Bayern. However, Ivica Olic & Bastian Schweinsteiger both failed from the spot, to allow Drogba on potentially his final appearance for the club, to step up and finally fulfill Abramovich's dreams. Drogba truly cemented his place in the heart's of every Chelsea fan that night.
Key Player: Didier Drogba
Drogba carried his side to The Champions League Final. When it eventually came, the striker took his chance and headed his side into the lead. Upon the shootout - Drogba had the chance to win Chelsea's first European Crown in their 107 year history. He cooly slotted the penalty into the bottom corner, sending a despairing Manuel Neuer the wrong way.