Bayern Munich 1-1* Chelsea (2011-12 UEFA Champions League Final)

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2012 UEFA Champions League Final
2012 UEFA Champions League Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Bayern Munich 1-1* Chelsea
*Chelsea won 4-3 on penalties
0Date 19 May 2012
0Competition UEFA Champions League
0Referee Pedro Proença (Portugal)
0Stadium Allianz Arena, Munich
0Attendance 69,901

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.


Match review


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.

The venue for the Final

Regulation time

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 time

Didier Drogba scores the winning penalty
Shortly after the re-start Bayern Munich were gifted an opportunity to regain the lead; Drogba unnecessarily tackled Franck Ribéry from behind in the Chelsea area, resulting in a penalty being awarded. The tackle resulted in an injury to the Frenchman, and he would eventually be substituted, but the need for on-pitch treatment also delayed the taking of the spot kick. The penalty was taken by former Chelsea winger Arjen 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.

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.

Match details

19 May 2012
19.45 BST
Bayern Munich 1–1* Chelsea Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 69,901
Referee: Pedro Proença
Müller Goal 83' aet Drogba Goal 88'
Lahm Goal
Gómez Goal
Neuer Goal
Olić Penmiss.png
Schweinsteiger Penmiss.png
3–4 Penmiss.png Mata
Goal David Luiz
Goal Lampard
Goal Cole
Goal Drogba
GK 1 Manuel Neuer
RB 21Philipp Lahm (c)
CB 17Jérôme Boateng
CB 44Anatoliy Tymoshchuk
LB 26Diego Contento
DM 31Bastian Schweinsteiger Booked 2'
DM 39Toni Kroos
RW 10Arjen Robben
LW 7 Franck Ribéry Sub off.png 97'
AM 25Thomas Müller Sub off.png 87'
CF 33Mario Gómez
GK 22Hans-Jörg Butt
DF 5 Daniel Van Buyten Sub on.png 87'
DF 13Rafinha
MF 14Takashi Usami
MF 23Danijel Pranjić
FW 9 Nils Petersen
FW 11Ivica Olić Sub on.png 97'
Jupp Heynckes
GK 1 Petr Čech
RB 17José Bosingwa
CB 4 David Luiz Booked 86'
CB 24Gary Cahill
LB 3 Ashley Cole Booked 81'
DM 12John Mikel Obi
CM 8 Frank Lampard (c)
RW 21Salomon Kalou Sub off.png 84'
AM 10Juan Mata
LW 34Ryan Bertrand Sub off.png 73'
CF 11Didier Drogba Booked 93'
GK 22Ross Turnbull
DF 19Paulo Ferreira
MF 5 Michael Essien
MF 6 Oriol Romeu
MF 15Florent Malouda Sub on.png 73'
FW 23Daniel Sturridge
FW 9 Fernando Torres Booked 120' Sub on.png 84'
Roberto Di Matteo

Road to the Final

See also: 2011-12 UEFA Champions League
Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Notes
2011-12Tue13Sep2011Group EBayer LeverkusenHomeWon2-0
2011-12Wed28Sep2011Group EValenciaAwayDrew1-1
2011-12Wed19Oct2011Group EGenkHomeWon5-0
2011-12Tue1Nov2011Group EGenkAwayDrew1-1
2011-12Wed23Nov2011Group EBayer LeverkusenAwayLost1-2
2011-12Tue6Dec2011Group EValenciaHomeWon3-0
2011-12Tue21Feb20121st Knock Out Round 1st LegNapoliAwayLost1-3
2011-12Wed14Mar20121st Knock Out Round 2nd LegNapoliHomeWon4-1**aet (5-4 aggregate)
2011-12Tue27Mar2012Quarter Final 1st LegBenficaAwayWon1-0
2011-12Wed4Apr2012Quarter Final 2nd LegBenficaHomeWon2-1(3-1 aggregate)
2011-12Wed18Apr2012Semi Final 1st LegBarcelonaHomeWon1-0
2011-12Tue24Apr2012Semi Final 2nd LegBarcelonaAwayDrew2-2(3-2 aggregate)

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