Bayern Munich 1-1* Chelsea (2011-12 UEFA Champions League Final)
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|2012 UEFA Champions League Final|
|Scoreline|| Bayern Munich 1-1* Chelsea|
*Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties
|Date||19 May 2012|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League|
|Referee||Pedro Proença (Portugal)|
|Stadium||Allianz Arena, Munich|
The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final took place on 19 May 2012 between German side Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The match took place at the Allianz Arena – Bayern Munich's home stadium. The stadium was the pre-selected neutral venue, and was officially named the "Fußball Arena München" for the purposes of the final, due to UEFA sponsorship rules.
It was the fourth time Chelsea had reached a European final, and the second time they had played in the final of the UEFA Champions League, having also reached the final in 2008. Chelsea's opponents were appearing in their ninth final, having won Europe's premier club competition on four previous occasions. The match resulted in Chelsea's maiden win in the competition; the Blues won a penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1 following extra time.
Both sides were missing key players for the final due to suspension. Bayern were missing David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo. Chelsea were without Branislav Ivanović, Raul Meireles and Ramires, who received bookings in the semi-final, while John Terry had been sent-off in Camp Nou and would also miss the game. With two centre back options missing, Chelsea were hoping that David Luiz and Gary Cahill would recover from hamstring injuries, though neither would have played for over a month. Both players made the starting line-up.
Playing in their home stadium, and with the majority of fans within the Arena wearing red, Bayern Munich started the match strongly, an early booking for handball for Bastian Schweinsteiger the only minor setback as the Bavarians started their "home final" in the manner of a home side. The pattern of Bayern pressure and stout Chelsea defending characterised regulation time, with the German side dominating in terms of chances created, although a combination of poor finishing and sheer resilience from the Chelsea defence, including goalkeeper Petr Čech, keeping the game scoreless.
Following another spell of concerted pressure Bayern finally broke through in the 83rd minute; Thomas Müller heading into the ground and into the roof of Chelsea's net from close range, with Čech appearing to be caught out by the steepness of the bounce. The Bavarian fans and players will have felt as if the crucial breakthrough had been made, but after substitute Fernando Torres won Chelsea's first corner of the game in the 88th minute Didier Drogba powered a header into Bayern's net from Juan Mata's delivery. Both sides then pressed for a winner, but after Drogba struck a free kick in a threatening position high over the crossbar the match went into extra time.
Extra timeArjen Robben, who had converted from the spot in the semi final 2nd leg against Real Madrid, but had missed the previous weekend in the German Cup Final, as Bayern lost 5-2 to Borussia Dortmund. The Dutchman's kick was unconvincing and was saved by Čech, the Czech international preventing the ball from squeezing under his body and grasping it at the second attempt. Perhaps galvanised by Robben's miss Chelsea's play improved in extra time, although Bayern continued to create chances, including a glaring miss by Ivica Olić in the 108th minute. Both sides seemed to be resigned to penalties as the second half of extra time drew to a close, and as with Chelsea's first appearance in the final the match would be decided with a penalty shoot-out.
Bayern Munich won both tosses of the coin for the shoot-out, choosing to shoot first in front of their fans. Bayern captain Philipp Lahm scored the first penalty, although Čech managed to get a hand to the ball. Juan Mata then stepped up for Chelsea, and saw his penalty saved by Manuel Neuer. Mario Gómez then converted, followed by a superb David Luiz penalty into the top corner. Bayern keeper Neuer then put the Bavarians 3-1 up, as the German side appeared to be heading towards victory, but Frank Lampard sent his penalty high into the roof of the net to keep the pressure on. Still holding the advantage, Bayern would win if they converted their remaining two penalties, but Croatian international Ivica Olić's attempt was clawed away superbly by Čech, and Ashley Cole evened up the shoot-out with an excellent low strike into the corner. The pressure then fell on Bastian Schweinsteiger, who checked his run-up hesitantly before seeing his effort strike the inside of the post and bounce out, with Čech appearing to have got a touch on the ball. His miss handed Didier Drogba the chance to win the trophy for Chelsea, and the Ivorian confidently stroked the ball into the bottom corner as Neuer dived the wrong way, sealing a maiden Champions League victory for the Blues.
| 19 May 2012|
|Bayern Munich||1–1*||Chelsea|| Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich|
Referee: Pedro Proença
|Müller 83'||aet||Drogba 88'|
Road to the Final
- See also: 2011-12 UEFA Champions League
|2011-12||Tue||13||Sep||2011||Group E||Bayer Leverkusen||Home||Won||2-0|
|2011-12||Wed||23||Nov||2011||Group E||Bayer Leverkusen||Away||Lost||1-2|
|2011-12||Tue||21||Feb||2012||1st Knock Out Round 1st Leg||Napoli||Away||Lost||1-3|
|2011-12||Wed||14||Mar||2012||1st Knock Out Round 2nd Leg||Napoli||Home||Won||4-1*||*aet (5-4 aggregate)|
|2011-12||Tue||27||Mar||2012||Quarter Final 1st Leg||Benfica||Away||Won||1-0|
|2011-12||Wed||4||Apr||2012||Quarter Final 2nd Leg||Benfica||Home||Won||2-1||(3-1 aggregate)|
|2011-12||Wed||18||Apr||2012||Semi Final 1st Leg||Barcelona||Home||Won||1-0|
|2011-12||Tue||24||Apr||2012||Semi Final 2nd Leg||Barcelona||Away||Drew||2-2||(3-2 aggregate)|
Drogba & Ruud Gullit
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