Didier Drogba helped Chelsea to win the 2012 Champions League final on German soil as they beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties after the game finished 1-1 in normal time.
Drogba tucked away the decisive penalty as Chelsea fulfilled a long-standing ambition to win the UEFA Champions League in the Allianz Arena.
Bayern were far more the better side through out the 90 minutes, and missed numerous chances and had to wait until the 83rd minute when Thomas Muller broke the deadlock, heading past Petr Cech. They even led 3-1 in the shoot-out after goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had scored after Juan Mata missed his spot kick.
The trophy appeared to be staying in Germany with Chelsea not showing any creativity in getting back into the game, but Drogba headed home from the Blues’ 1st corner of the game with two minutes left to go which meant the final would be taken into extra time in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Drogba almost turned from hero to villain as he tripped Franck Ribery in the box in the first period of extra-time only for Petr Cech to deny an Arjen Robben penalty. The rest of the game still could not determine the winner, meaning penalties were needed to decide who would win.
But Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s missed spot-kicks allowed Drogba, on possibly his final appearance for the club, to step up to wipe out the heartache of the 2008 Moscow final.
Interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has now lifted the FA Cup and the Champions League during his brief spell; he has also secured Champions League soccer for the Blues at the expense of Tottenham next season.