Didier Drogba was the hero as Chelsea shattered Bayern Munich‘sChampions League dream here on Saturday with victory in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at the Allianz Arena.
Drogba stepped up to rifle home the winning penalty for Chelsea after earlier saving his side with an equalising goal two minutes from time to cancel out what looked like the winner from Thomas Mueller as the final finished 1-1.
It was an agonising defeat for Bayern, who saw midfield maestro Bastian Schweinsteiger miss with their final kick to give Drogba the opportunity to score the penalty to clinch the shoot-out 4-3.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech also saved brilliantly from Ivica Olic to get his team back into the shoot-out after Juan Mata had missed the Premier League side’s opening effort.
Cech had earlier saved a Bayern penalty from Arjen Robben in the first period of extra-time as the English side defied the odds once more.
Drogba’s winning spot-kick was a fairytale ending for the 34-year-old Ivorian striker, who had been sent off in the final minutes of Chelsea’s Champions League final defeat in Moscow four years ago.
“We have been doing this for years and years. There is a great spirit at the club, we never give up until the end,” said Drogba.
“Today was just amazing. Even if they had scored their penalty in extra-time, Juan Mata said we can get another goal. We all believed.”
Full-back Ashley Cole added: “We should have lost the game with the amount of chances they had.”
“After we lost in Napoli (last 16 first leg), we thought if we can beat them at home then we have the luck and we can win the tournament