2012 Champions League Winner: Chelsea
England’s Chelsea Football Club has won the 2012 UEFA Champions League after beating Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout; marking the first time Chelsea has reigned as Europe’s champion soccer team in the 107-years they’ve been around.
The penalty shootout victory against Germany’s Bayern Munich “was a Cinderella story,” Bleacherreport.com reported.
During normal play time, the Germans dominated the soccer field, however, Chelsea’s defense held strong for the most part. When Bayern finally did break through, they were staring down the field at the often theatrical Didier Drogba.
The old war horse that is Drogba – in what is quite likely his last game with the club, as his contract expires next month in June – sent goalkeeper Manuel Neuer the wrong direction to win the shootout 4-3 against Bayern in their hometown Allianz Arena. Bastian Schweinstelger of Bayern missed the prior penalty shot in the shootout which came after Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Petr Cech, saved a spot-kick, in extra time, by Arjen Robben.
Early on, the game seemed swayed in favor in Bayern who won the toss to send the shootout to the home. The Germans essentially dominated for the first 83 minutes of the game.
Bayern had an opportunity to win the match during extra time, however, they lost their chance during the lottery that is the penalty shootout as Juan Mata’s attempt was prevented by Manuel Neuer and Bastrian Schweinsteiger’s shot hit a post, leaving the match in the more than capable hands of Drogba.
Drogba scored with an impressive header that Neuer was unable to block, FoxSports.com reported. Chelsea FC wins.
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