Bayern Munich 1 – FC Chelsea 1 (after extra time)


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Germany international TONI KROOS (39), the promising 22-year-old midfielder who totaled two goals and six assists in Europe and, altogether, seven goals and 17 assists in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season, and Nigeria international midfielder JOHN MIKEL OBI (12) of FC Chelsea both eye the match ball during the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final staged at the sold-out Allianz Arena in the region of Sued Deutschland known as Bavaria.
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May 19, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Final

1 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ————— Mueller 83′
1 – FC CHELSEA (Eng) ———————— Drogba 88′

A dramatic equalizer shortly before time canceled out what appeared to be a certain match-winner scored with under ten minutes to play as wasteful German Bundesliga club BAYERN MUNICH and completely besieged English Premier League club FC CHELSEA finished all square at 1-1 in a historic and tense UEFA Champions League Final contest which would not only require extra time but, indeed, penalty kicks to ultimately decide.

Football is not a game which easily lends itself to statistics, but in this instance, the numbers themselves will do just fine in painting a very reflective picture of what transpired. Bayern Munich, playing on its own very pitch at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria, badly outshot visting FC Chelsea 11-2 in the first half and finished with an overwhelming 26-7 advantage for the whole contest in that category, according to the official website of the UEFA Champions League. Unfortunately for the Bavarian supporters anticipating Europe’s ultimate prize for a fifth time in club history, however, inaccurate Bayern Munich only ever did manage to get seven shots actually on target.

As for corner kicks, the count there ended at 20-1 in favor of Bayern Munich but, again, the real story there was all about another complete failure to capitalize on multiple opportunities at hand.

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About twenty or so minutes in the UEFA Champions League Final match with visiting English side FC Chelsea, Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) of German club Bayern Munich found little luck when his shot ricocheted off the shin of not-pictured Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech and bounced harmlessly off the post — a little foreshadowing, perhaps, of events to follow at the Allianz Arena.
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After a long and frustrating evening spent almost completely in possession and firmly on the attack, Bayern Munich looked to have finally broken through for the goal it needed. Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER, deployed in the central attacking midfielder’s role as a result of all the suspensions, popped up at the back post to meet a wonderful, left-wing cross from national team constituent TONI KROOS and bounced his header right past FC Chelsea’s world-class Czech Republic goalkeeper PETR CECH in the 83rd minute of the match. Mueller’s second strike of the season in Europe (11th for the Bavarians in all competitions) meant that Bayern Munich were just seven minutes away from yet another continental championship.

But, although experienced Belgium international defender DANIEL VAN BUYTEN was immediately brought on for Mueller by Bayern Munich trainer JUPP HEYNCKES to strengthen the defense, it was clearly just not to be. Ivory Coast World Cup striker DIDIER DROGBA, the aging 34-year-old who scored just five goals for the Blues during the whole of the 38-match English Premier League schedule this season, capitalized on the one and only corner kick FC Chelsea would earn all match. Drogba rose to meet the ball from talented Spain international attacker JUAN MATA at the near post and, in the process, literally stole the song right out of the mouth of the Bavarian supporters.

A sixth goal in the UEFA Champions League from Drogba this term sent the match into extra time, where the FC Chelsea frontman could very well have ended as the villain of the whole the story, as a matter of fact.

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France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY (7), who scored a career-high 12 goals in the Bundesliga and totaled an impressive 17 goals and 22 assists in all competitions for Bayern Munich this season, is fouled from behind by FC Chelsea’s aging Ivory Coast World Cup striker DIDIER DROGBA (11) in the 94th minute and will have to leave pitch as a result of injury immediately — leaving the Fabulous Frenchman unavailable for the decisive penalty shootout which would follow extra time in the Final of the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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Not so long into extra time, Drogba conviently clipped Bayern Munich’s lethal France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY from behind in the penalty box. But Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN — the other half of the ‘notorious’ “Robbery” gang — could not beat his former teammate at FC Chelsea from the spot in a scene that was frightening familiar to the same episode which saw the Dangerous Dutchman denied by Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller in a vital Bundesliga match earlier this spring. Cech should be sincerely and properly commended as well as credited, perhaps he studied film and took some notes.

The Bavarians’ very best chance of extra time had come and gone although brave Bayern Munich did soldier on after Robben’s devastating miss to continue its all-out offensive against FC Chelsea’s cage until an entire penalty-kick shootout would have to decide the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final …

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Germany international MARIO GOMEZ (left), the 26-year-old striker who had scored 41 goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich heading into the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final match with FC Chelsea contested on home turf at the Allianz Arena, failed to find the back of Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETR CECH’s net until the concluding penalty shootout phase and, thus, finished with 13 goals, including the Qualification Playoff round, all told in Europe this season.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Contento – Schweinsteiger, Kroos – Robben, Mueller (van Buyten 87′), Ribery (Olic 97′) – Gomez

FC CHELSEA : Cech – Bosingwa, David Luiz, Cahill, Cole – Mikel Obi – Lampard – Kalou (Torres 84′), Mata, Bertrand (Malouda 73′) – Drogba

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