On 19th May 2012, Chelsea was playing Champions League finals at Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich’s home ground.
This was Chelsea’s second UCL final after losing 6-5 on penalties against their English rivals Manchester United in 2007-2008 finals.
On face value, Chelsea was the underdog team following a poor performance in the English Premier League competition that year. Chelsea had finished sixth with only 64 points.
On the other hand, Bayern’s form was admirable despite finishing second after Dortmund. Playing at home, all soccer fans were anticipating a Bayern win.
From the onset, Bayern dominated the game with Robben missing several open chances. Similarly, Chelsea had a few chances of notable one being when Kalou almost scored in the near post. The first half ended in a barren draw though.
The second half was also goalless until 83rd minute when Muller headed Kroo’s pass to score a spectacular goal. Similarly, Didier Drogba’s header diverted Juan Mata’s corner kick to score an equalizer at 93rd minute that pushed the game to extra time.
Extra time did not yield any goal thus the winner was to be decided through penalty shootouts.
Bayern started the shootout with 3 goals by Lahm, Gomez, and Neuer. Olic and Schweinsteiger missed fourth and fifth penalties. Chelsea’s Mata missed the first penalty. However, David Luiz, Lampard, Cole, and Drogba scored to make it 4 goals.
Chelsea won 4–3 goals at Bayern’s Allianz Arena. This was the first Chelsea European win. It was also the first UCL win for a London based team.