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Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea Highlights: Breaking Down How Drogba Won UCL Title

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Didier Drogba and Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea celebrate after their victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIMay 20, 2012

Chelsea was a team of destiny in the UEFA Champions League. There isn't another way to put it.

Just when it appears that they are down and out, something magical ends up happening in a big moment.

There is one person in particular who comes through in the big moment—Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

 

Flair for the Dramatic

After Thomas Muller's goal in the 83rd minute Saturday, it looked like Chelsea's magic was running on fumes. But, once again in a clutch moment, Drogba connected on a cross from a corner five minutes later to equalize.

Drogba's ability to beat his man to the spot, take the best route and deliver a priceless header in that situation is something few people in the world can do.

Suddenly Chelsea had life—it was there for the taking.

 

Help from Friends

Drogba, however, went from hero to zero in about 15 minutes real-time after he gave a penalty kick to Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. 

Luckily for Drogba and Chelsea, Petr Cech came through with a stop on Arjen Robben.

Another dodged blow from Chelsea.

 

Clutch

Penalty kicks came, and it seemed that Chelsea's destiny was too strong to overcome.

Drogba stepped to the spot with the game on his foot and delivered a perfect strike to the corner of the net to win the 2012 UEFA Champions League.

When he stepped to the spot, did you really think he was going to miss? After all we've seen from Chelsea this Champions League season, did you really think destiny wouldn't follow the Blues in this situation?

Unbelievable is the word I said several times yesterday. You just can't write this stuff.

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