Chelsea Win Soccer’s Champions League as Germans Finally Lose a Penalty Shoot Out
It was a night that lived up to the occasion. The final of the European Champions League with mighty Bayern Munich playing a much weakened Chelsea side. And guess who was the Chelsea hero. ..
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It was a night that lived up to the occasion. The final of the European Champions League with mighty Bayern Munich playing a much weakened Chelsea side. And guess who was the Chelsea hero . . .
It was Didier Drogba. Many feel this might be his last match for Chelsea, surely not after this say even more. Drogba’s performances in the semi final defeat over two legs against the all conquering Barcelona were magical, inspired and in the end – triumphant. He scored, he drove the team, Chelsea went through to the final.
The second Chelsea hero of course is John Terry. Suspended for the final, he was the barricade that held firm against Barcelona and Messi. Could Chelsea hold out without him, especially with two centre backs injured?
They did hold firm in a game in which Bayern had at least 80% of the play with the Dutch winger Arjen Robben performing at his most commanding. Every time he got the ball he automatically - it seemed – beat the first Chelsea defender.
But this was where Chelsea showed their style – and game plan. Robben beat the first defender – but there was another one – and if he was beaten – there was another one.
Bayern had every reason to be frustrated but they stuck to their attacking game plan. Chelsea cleared their lines but the ball came back immediately. It was 0 – 0 at half time then in the last 10 minutes Bayern finally scored and it looked like the end for Chelsea. But then came the man, a rare Chelsea corner and Drogba scored with a power header.
It had had to be him but after 30 minutes of extra time it was still 1 – 1 and penalty shoot out time.
Every football game fan in the world knows the golden rule. In a penalty shoot out, Germany or a German side always wins.
Sure enough, they went ahead. Then they finally missed - and missed again. It all came down to the last penalty. Guess who was up for it? Didier Drogba. Drog the God. He scored.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has spend millions of dollars over nine years in his quest for the Champions League title. Now, when the odds were against them, they finally lifted the trophy.
Michelle Platini, no lover of the English game or the Premier League, was called on to present the medals and the trophy. Through gritted teeth he did so.
Chelsea, deservedly, had triumphed.