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Drogba wins title for Chelsea

2012-05-19 23:37

Munich - Chelsea's Didier Drogba may be now out of contract, but he proved to be the match-winner yet again as the Blues lifted their first Champions League title to make amends for his misery in Moscow.

Four years after being red-carded in the 2008 Champions League final defeat, the 34-year-old produced a man-of-the-match performance against Bayern Munich and his final spot-kick on Saturday sealed Chelsea's 4-3 penalty shoot-out win.

After Bayern took the lead in the second-half, it was Drogba who kept the Blues in the game as he rose highest to convert Juan Mata's corner and equalise against Bayern two minutes from time as the game finished 1-1 after extra time.

Having also netted the winner in the 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup final a fortnight ago, Drogba flirted with the villain's role four minutes into extra time as his foul on Franck Ribery saw Bayern awarded a penalty.

With the entire stadium holding their collective breath, Bayern's ex-Chelsea wing Arjen Robben could only weakly hit to Petr Cech's right and his shot was quickly gathered by the grateful goalkeeper.

Drogba worked tirelessly throughout, often back-tracking to help out in defence and grew in stature as the game wore on before keeping his cool to nail the final penalty past Munich's Manuel Neuer to give Chelsea the title.

Having joined the Blues from Marseille in 2004, the Ivory Coast forward has said he will sit down with Chelsea's bosses to discuss a new deal once the season is over.

It was the towering striker who helped put the Blues in Saturday's final with the first-leg winner at Stamford Bridge against Barcelona in the last four.

Against the odds, Drogba and the rest of Chelsea's collection of aging stars reached the final with victories over Napoli, Benfica and Barcelona in the knockout rounds.

If the former African Player of the Year has played his last game for the Blues, the possibility of Drogba available as a free agent is likely to arouse interest across Europe, but he has denied reports linking him to Barcelona.

Having been sent off four years ago, Drogba made good on his pre-match promise to make amends for his Moscow misery by ending Chelsea's long wait to be crowned kings of Europe.

Drogba's dismissal in the rain-soaked Russian capital four years ago came late in extra-time when he slapped United defender Nemanja Vidic after a mass confrontation between players from both teams.

With Drogba unable to take a penalty in the shoot-out, the Ivory Coast striker had to watch from the sidelines as John Terry and Nicolas Anelka's spot-kick misses gifted the trophy to United.

AFP

Comments
  • hussein.diedericks - 2012-05-19 23:44

    Blue blood rules....great job chelsea!!!!!!!

  • thakasani.thobela - 2012-05-19 23:59

    Wel done Chelsea

  • Lungelo - 2012-05-20 00:00

    When the world said the boys couldn't, they always knew that they could... Great victory by the men in Blue:):) super proud of them. And spectacular midfield display by Frank Lampard!!* Finally, the most elusive trophy in Chelsea Football Club history is headed to London:):) Roman Abramovich you beauty*

  • Konanani - 2012-05-20 00:01

    Good job

  • GrandMasterFlasch - 2012-05-20 00:02

    Chelsea's victory was written in the stars.Baryen was the better team,the football gods were on the blues' side and they had bucket loads of luck during the tournament.It was an inspiring win by the blues

  • africanwolf - 2012-05-20 00:04

    Well done Chelsea!!!

  • bhekinkosi.silenje - 2012-05-20 00:06

    Good Job Chelsea Fc

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-20 00:10

    Cech Drogba What more can be said?

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-20 04:20

    Joses dream was chelsea wining the champs. He is very happy wt what Droba did. The blues broke many pples heart bt go da BLUES

  • albert.d.obeng - 2012-05-20 04:50

    Soccer defies logic,chelsea big up

  • Muhizi Felix - 2012-05-20 05:01

    what else can I give or say to our home boy?? just well done Drogba!

  • abee.ryan - 2012-05-20 05:29

    Crappest game I have seen in forever, chelsea cudnt even win a bar of soap

      gwvickers - 2012-05-20 06:31

      Crappest comment u have ever see, they have won the FA cup and now the champions league, maybe you watched the wrong game

      vernsm - 2012-05-20 06:42

      Go to hell. The game is about winning, and win Chelsea did, doesn't matter how. Remember the game did not start last night, it was a culmination on skill, tactics and strategies for almost a year. You should've followed their season and then try to judge.

      trevor.mwase - 2012-05-20 08:58

      Take that bar of soap and shove it up yours ...

      trevor.mwase - 2012-05-20 08:58

      Take that bar of soap and shove it up yours ...

  • Luyanda - 2012-05-20 05:39

    CONGRATULATIONS to Chelsea!!! RESPECT is Wisdom NOT Cowardice. Bravo Guys!!!

  • vernsm - 2012-05-20 06:51

    Chelsea just gave more meaning to the words \It was meant to be\. Against all odds they succeeded. The game against Bayern was just the icing on the cake. It was a long and very hard journey that finally paid off. Big Ups for Chelsea and especially my African Brothers in the team, more especially DIDIER DROGBA...!!!!

  • takurian - 2012-05-20 07:59

    This is an early year end party for me. Well done Chelsea Team. I dream a treble in 2013 with De Matteo.

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-05-20 08:06

    I feel sorry for those City fans who were Chelsea fans last season. They could've been European Champions this season. Jumped ship prematurely.

  • kirstin.hagglund - 2012-05-20 08:16

    Well done Chelsea, at last champions of Europe. Lucky- yes luck favours the brave. Boring play? was the goal scoring spree comeback against Roma boring, or maybe the 10 man victory against Barcelona, at their home, the best team in the history of football, was boring? Last night winning the shoot out from behind - boring ? No these were priceless moments. And Drogba shined for Africa. And mister bang tidy Chelsea has spent no more than other top clubs like Man u,Man city,liverpool,and a lot less than Barca and Real,or do you think Messi,Ronaldo, etc are free to play amateurs?

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-05-20 08:33

    Welldone Chelsea, we waited for so long

  • Claude - 2012-05-20 09:33

    After 2 hrs of showing nothing Chelsea won. What a shame for soccer.

      Tyrone - 2012-05-20 23:48

      Ur comment is a shame!!

      clarence.damons - 2012-05-21 14:15

      Wow I'm sure you are a Barca fan @claude. That was a good game and even outclassed the blues came up trumps. With the amount of chances Bayern had they surely should have won it, just goes to show that if you don't take your chances you'll get punished and that's exactly what Chelsea did.... Stop being a sore loser man. KTBFFH!!!

  • AJ - 2012-05-20 10:06

    Very very tight match. Could've been anyone's win but Chelsea rose to the occasion and proved Bayern Munich that they won't back down. Muller scored in the 83rd minute, but we didn't quit. Drogba's goal in the 88th shocked the world. No one expected that to happen. But well done Blues! My blood is still blue!

  • AJ - 2012-05-20 10:06

    Very very tight match. Could've been anyone's win, but Chelsea rose to the occasion and proved Bayern Munich that they won't back down. Muller scored in the 83rd minute, but we didn't quit. Drogba's goal in the 88th minute shocked the world. No one expected that to happen. But well done Blues! My blood is still blue!

  • wekunetsavamwe - 2012-05-20 10:09

    This clearly shows us that romance doesn't make a baby that is hanging onto the ball having the most passes and a good ball possession is nothing without scoring,so its all about banging the net like what Drogba did and we are the Euro Chanps,Chelsea for life haters keep on hating but we are the reigning Champs

      kirstin.hagglund - 2012-05-20 11:31

      Very well said, the haters are just jealous. Thankfully most have been silenced by Chelsea winning.

  • Jay - 2012-05-20 10:18

    worst premier league season ever but 2trophies to show for it! well don boys

  • saumya.shrivastava.1709 - 2012-05-20 18:43

    http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3381964 For the FIRST TIME they take away the Champions League Trophy home..!! Check out all the Goals and penalties, best moments and the fan reaction here. Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena to win the Champions League for the first time. Bayern largely held the upper hand throughout yet were unable to capitalise until Thomas Müller headed in with seven minutes remaining, and it looked like the trophy was heading to Munich for a fifth time. Chelsea and Didier Drogba had other ideas, the Ivorian levelling in the 88th minute with a powerful header, and when Petr Cech kept out Arjen Robben's penalty after Drogba had fouled Franck Ribéry early in extra time, their hopes rose even higher. With neither side able to find a winner it took spot kicks to decide the contest, a prospect both sides were all too familiar with; Bayern's last triumph came in a 2001 shoot-out while Chelsea lost by the same method four years ago.

  • saumya.shrivastava.1709 - 2012-05-20 18:44

    http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3381964 For the FIRST TIME they take away the Champions League Trophy home..!! Check out all the Goals and penalties, best moments and the fan reaction here. Chelsea stunned Bayern Munich in a dramatic penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena to win the Champions League for the first time. Bayern largely held the upper hand throughout yet were unable to capitalise until Thomas Müller headed in with seven minutes remaining, and it looked like the trophy was heading to Munich for a fifth time. Chelsea and Didier Drogba had other ideas, the Ivorian levelling in the 88th minute with a powerful header, and when Petr Cech kept out Arjen Robben's penalty after Drogba had fouled Franck Ribéry early in extra time, their hopes rose even higher. With neither side able to find a winner it took spot kicks to decide the contest, a prospect both sides were all too familiar with; Bayern's last triumph came in a 2001 shoot-out while Chelsea lost by the same method four years ago.

  • hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-05-21 05:23

    Where o' where can my Dhirshan be? It has been two days and still recalling the memories from Saturday night gives me goosebumps. Thanks for a great season, defying all the odds and shutting up all the nay-sayers. Grandpa Drogba and Pie boy Lampard rose to the occasion (hey Dhirshan) and just showed that they might be old, but they are defnitely not cold. You cannot replace experience... let the football do the talking! CFC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LaurenJade - 2012-05-21 08:53

    Chelsea owes it all to Czech

      Tugwana - 2012-05-21 09:13

      Every player on the field that night played a role, so as Czech.

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-21 09:48

    These are the stories that belong in Hollywood. Im happy for Chelsea. Not only were they underdogs from the beginning of the knockout stages but this team came so close in the past but due to bad luck they missed out on many greater opportunities to take the title. The "old Guard" as they are called deserved at least one CL trophy and it was destiny..... well done. Now for my unpopular comment. Just wondering if the CL would have a different winner if it was a proper league format as apposed to a knockout formation. Top 2 would still be Madrid, Barcelona with Bayern 3rd and Chelsea somewhere mid table. I still believe that if Bayern played Chelsea 10 time they would win 9 of them and lose the other one......Saturday night was the 1/10 match....

  • Tyrone - 2012-05-21 12:37

    Where is dhirshan??? Dont hear any comment from him now!! Didnt you Bayern would beat us?? HAHAHAHAHA Once again.....EAT YOUR WORDS!!!!

      hanre.vanderwesthuizen - 2012-05-21 14:35

      I do not think we are going to hear from our friend Dhirshan for a while... but I can almost reassure you that the misled and uninformed lad will be back when the 2012/2013 Champions League starts, matchday 1, boring and irritating us with his trolish remarks and comments about Chelsea's hopes of defending the title...

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