Chelsea win UEFA Champions League title

Chelsea win UEFA Champions League title

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Chelsea win UEFA Champions League title

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When Bayern Munich's Tomas Mueller headed home the first goal of a tightly-contested UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea chances of lifting the trophy looked doomed.

Didier Drogba had other plans though, delivering a vital late equalizer to set up extra time and a dramatic penalty shootout for the ages.

Playing at home at Allianz Arena in Munich, Bayern looked to be ready to clinch the title after taking a 3-1 lead in the shootout, but a Petr Cech save of Ilica Olic's attempt followed by a Bastian Schweinsteiger miss off the post set up Drogba with a chance to win it all. The Ivorian superstar slotted home the championship-winning penalty to give Chelsea their first UEFA Champions League title.

Bayern had controlled much of the action regulation, as Chelsea settled into a defensive, counterattacking approach. Much like Barcelona in the semifinals, Bayern failed to convert the chances that did come, allowing Chelsea to stay in the match.

Mueller looked to seal the victory when he headed home the opening goal, but Drogba responded by heading home a corner kick before the end of regulation to tie things up.

Bayern had a chance to take the lead in extra time when Drogba fouled Franck Ribery in the penalty area, but Cech saved Arjen Robben's penalty kick to keep the match tied and force a penalty shootout.

The win gives Chelsea their first European title and also secures their place in next season's Champions League, which means Tottenham will now play in Europa League instead of the Champions League despite finishing in fourth place in the Premier League. Chelsea finished sixth in the league, but will qualify in place of Tottenham by virtue of being the reigning champion.

What did you think of the match? Surprised with Bayern's awful finish and shaky penalties? Is Drogba the most clutch soccer player in the world? Did you think Chelsea could win in Munich?

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