21 May 2012

Chelsea wins Champions League

6:35 am on 21 May 2012

Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea shattered Bayern Munich's Champions League dream with victory in a penalty shoot-out in Munich.

Drogba stepped up to rifle home the winning penalty for Chelsea after earlier saving his side with an equalising goal two minutes from time to cancel out what looked like a regular time winner from Thomas Mueller as the final finished at 1-1.

It was an agonising defeat for Bayern, with midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger missing their final kick to give Drogba the opportunity to score the penalty to clinch the shoot-out 4-3.

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech also saved brilliantly from Ivica Olic to get Chelsea back into the shoot-out after Juan Mata had missed the English Premier League side's opening effort.

Drogba's winning spot-kick was a fairytale ending for the 34-year-old Ivorian striker, who had been sent off in the final minutes of Chelsea's Champions League final defeat in Moscow four years ago.

But the loss left Bayern shattered as their dream of lifting their fifth European title before their own fans at their home ground ended in agony.