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Chelsea FC beat Bayern Munich to win the 2011-12 Champions League final

Crunch Sports Staff in Soccer 20 May 2012
Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany (credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chelsea won the 2011-12 Champions League final on Saturday night, beating Bayern Munich on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Bayern dominated the opening 45 minutes and had several chances, but Chelsea will have been more than happy to reach half-time without conceding.

Roberto Di Matteo's side were perhaps lucky to go in level, with Mario Gomez's wayward finishing ensuring the game was goalless at half-time.

The Blues had approached the final like a European away game and although they were holding on towards the interval, they had grown into the game.

Bayern were still the better side as the second half got underway and believed they had gone ahead when Thomas Mueller ran down the left and played in Arjen Robben on the edge of the box. His low shot hit Ashley Cole and spun out to Franck Ribery, who slotted home, only to be ruled - correctly - offside.

Robben went close just minutes later only for his shot to be blocked by Cole, as the Bundesliga giants continued to dominate as the game reached the hour mark.

Chelsea sent on Florent Malouda for Ryan Bertrand for the final 15 minutes as Di Matteo urged his players to get further forward, and Bayern continued to waste chances.

But on 83 minutes, Bayern finally broke the deadlock when Toni Kroos' cross sailed over the heads of Gomez and Cole to find Thomas Mueller, who headed down into the ground and up into the roof of the net.

Chelsea brought on Fernando Torres in place of Salomon Kalou for the remaining six minutes, and the switch paid off just moments later, as from their first corner of the game, Didier Drogba powered home a header to take the game into extra-time.

Just two minutes into extra-time, Drogba nearly turned from hero to zero, however, as he brought down Ribery inside the penalty area. Robben stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Petr Cech saved well to defy the former Chelsea winger and keep the Premier League side in the game.

The miss stunned the home fans, and gave Chelsea a huge lift, with Torres in particular looking lively whenever he was on the ball.

The scores remained level at half-time in extra-time, with Chelsea looking the more likely side to score next. But it was Bayern who should have gone ahead when Ivica Olic was picked out unmarked at the back post but put the ball back across the face of of the goal and wide of Cech's far post.

As the game entered the final eight minutes, Bayern started to look more threatening again. But Chelsea were more than holding their own as the final whistle sounded and the 2011-12 Champions League final went to a penalty shootout.

Bayern arguably had the advantage for the shootout as kicks were to be taken in front of their own fans.

Philipp Lahm fired home the first spot-kick, but Juan Mata missed Chelsea's first penalty to give the Germans the upper hand.

Mario Gomez then converted Bayern's second penalty, before David Luiz blasted Chelsea's second spot-kick high into the back of the net.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took Bayern's third penalty and found the back of the net before Chelsea captain Frank Lampard converted his spot-kick to keep the Blues in the shootout.

Olic stepped up to take Bayern's next spot-kick but his effort was weak and Cech saved well. Ashley Cole then stepped up to take Chelsea's fourth kick and he fired home to level the shootout.

Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped up to take Bayern's fifth and final spot-kick, but hit the post. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba then stepped up and smashed his spot-kick home to give Chelsea the win with the last kick of the game.

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