Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (PEN: 3-4)

Chelsea have done it yet again! They've won their 2nd trophy this season which is the Champions League trophy! That was a really emotional and nerve-wracking! When Muller scored the first goal for Bayern Munich in the 83rd minute, I thought it was all over for Chelsea - but I kept on believing that Chelsea could bounce back into the game and blow Bayern away. Fortunately, they did! All thanks to a Didier Drogba header into the top right corner having the #1 German keeper Neuer no chance to keep it out.

It went into extra time and Drogba made a silly challenge on Ribery in the box. Penalty was given to Bayern and this is the second time I thought it was over - BUT I KEPT ON BELIEVING! I clasped my hands together, hoping for a lucky save by Petr Cech. Robben was the taker and I had a feeling that he would score. Luckily for us, Cech pulled off a magnificent save! The ball slipped through Cech's arms, but bounced off his body leaving it unattended behind him. He quickly got to it and held it like a newborn baby! Chelsea was still safe, and Drogba is not the man to blame after such challenge. Everyone was looking tired except for the fresh legs like Fernando Torres and Ivica Olic, maybe.

Thus, both halves of extra time were over and it was then brought to penalties. First for Bayern, Lahm. He sent to the right side of the goal with Cech having a touch to it, but failed to keep it out. First for Chelsea, Juan Mata. Unfortunately, he didn't score with Neuer going the right and pushing his shot out. The second penalty taker for Bayern was Mario Gomez. His one went in too! The second taker for Chelsea was David Luiz. Remember his penalty that didn't go in against Racing Genk? The commentator mentioned something about that when Luiz was about to take it. Thank God, it went in. Way to go! The third penalty taker for Bayern was Neuer himself! I bet he was trying to pressure and shake Cech to lose his confidence and concentration. He got it right into the net, and Cech also went the right way, but couldn't save it. The third Chelsea taker was Frank Lampard. I've always believed in Lampard to take penalties. Great for the captain, he smashed it right in the middle which flew right above Neuer and into the net.

The next taker for Bayern was Ivica Olic. Unlucky for him, his shot was punched out by Cech! Super reflexes by the Czech goalkeeper! As for Chelsea, Ashley Cole was up. I had a feeling that he would score, and he did! He took it brilliantly! Curling the ball into the far left of Neuer. No chance at all. The fifth taker for Bayern was... Bastian Schweinsteiger. I thought he was going to score, but he sent to the ball to the right side of the goal, Cech got his fingertips to it, and it struck the woodwork! Unbelievable! Next it was Drogba's turn! The last and final kick of the game which could seal the win for Chelsea, and for the trophy, of course! He sent Neuer the wrong way and he couldn't believe it himself! My goodness! Amazing, breathtaking game! I bet Roman Abramovich would want to keep Roberto Di Matteo, interim manager for Chelsea after AVB, as the permanent manager for Chelsea next season! 2 trophies in 6 months. Amazing.

Here's the penalty shootout video:


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