On the 19th of May Chelsea Football club defied logic and against all the odds won the Champions League. With Raul Miereles, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and John Terry suspended the task was even harder. For the whole game Chelsea were on the backfoot and in the first half Cech was the buisiest man on the pitch. He smartly saved  Robben’s shot onto the post which followed another series of wonderful saves, proving he is still one of the best keepers in the world. When the referee blew the halftime whistle Bayern Munich couldn’t believe that they hadn’t taken the lead whilst Chelsea were very pleased with the goaless scoreline.

Petr Cech dives to keep out Robben’s shot

In the second half the game continued in the same way with Chelsea struggling to get a foot hold in the game. Bayern would surely have scored if it was not for the surprisingly wasteful Mario Gomez. Gomez’s sharp shooting in this year’s Champions League had earned him the golden boot and therefore everyone was astonished when the German striker missed several fairly easy chances. However the team from Munich finally got the goal they were looking for with only seven minutes to play. Toni Croos floated a delightful cross in towards the back post were Muller was waiting to pounce. The ball bounced out of the reach of Cech and into the roof of the net.

The Bayern players celebrate what they thought was to be the winning goal

With minutes remaining Chelsea knew they had to go for it and many fans had stopped believing. However out of somewhere Chelsea scored a goal that shocked the whole of Germany. Juan Mata who was taking the corner knew the delivery had to be perfect or the hope of winning would be over. The corner was swung in towards the near post were Drogba was standing. He then showed great body strength to get clear of the defender before he powered a header past the Bayern keeper. As Munich fell silent the whole of London rose to their feet. Chelsea had brought the game into extra time. The added half an hour was a lot more even and Chelsea were growing back into the game. However the standout moment was when Drogba fouled Ribery inside the area and gave away a penalty. Thankfully Robben’s effort was saved well by Petr Cech and Chelsea were let off the hook once again. Extra time ended and the dreaded penalties commenced.

Didier Drogba shocks everyone by scoring an equaliser.

In the shoot-out Chelsea started badly when Mata’s penalty was saved by the German keeper Manuel Neuer whilst Bayern had scored theirs. David Luiz reassured Chelsea with an enthatic penalty to make the score 2 – 2. However it looked like the Germans were going to win again as their third penalty went in keeping them in the lead. Then Petr Cech became the hero. Olic’s penalty was placed well in the top corner and looked out of the reach of the keeper. But somehow Cech managed to fling his arm and flick the ball past the post. suddenly the momentum was in Chelsea’s favour and convincing penalties from Cole and Lampard put The Blues level. After another missed penalty by Munich, Chelsea had a chance to win the game and the man stepping up was Didier Drogba. Some say it was written in the stars and on possibly Drogba’s last game he had the chance to win for Chelsea the UEFA Champions League cup. He made no mistake as he sent the ball low and hard into the bottom corner. The team from West London had caused a major upset and won the trophy that the club craved so much.

Drogba scores the winning penalty.

Frank Lampard celebrates ” the best day” of his life with the trophy

Full match highlights

 

Lorenzo Webster

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