In front of some 66,000, mostly FC Bayern München fans and in their own Allianz Arena home stadium – Chelsea of London, defeated Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League last night after a penalty shootout and thus are recipients of the most lucrative prize in European football.
The capture of this Cup with the ‘Big Ears’ for Chelsea means the first European Cup / Champions League which it has ever won. The Londoners take their revenge for the lost finals in Moscow in 2008, when Manchester United – also ending in a penalty shootout – was too strong.
In regular time Chelsea showed resilience by coming from behind after a very attractive late strike from Thomas Müller in the 83rd minute to make – which Bayern plans had every reason to believe was going to be the winner and deciding goal.
However Didier Drogba – the big striker from Ivory Coast -headed home after 88 minutes with a brilliant header from Chelsea’s only corner in the game and tied the game in the last minutes. Not much happened in the two 15 minute halves of overtime.
At age 34, Drogba still has amazing physical strength, great heading ability in the air, and unlike many of his English team members, an ability to retain possession of the ball.
Arjen Robben had earlier missed a penalty late in the game in the 2nd half when it was still tied at 1-1 after ninety minutes, but he was not the only one who did not hit home from eleven meters.
In the shoot-out series for Chelsea Juan Mata Chelsea missed the first penalty and failures by Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger made a hero of the Chelsea goal-keeper Petr Cech .
It then remained only for Drogba to put in the winning penalty shot –which he duly did and it was all over.
Congratulations to Chelsea!
OTA-Berlin building at Rosa Luxemborg Platz will provide its apartments for the supporters of both teams – the U2 U-bahn stops at the Olypmic Stadium.
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