Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Missed Chances Allowed Blues to Pull Upset
Chelsea was able to pull off a miraculous win to come away with the 2012 Champions League title. They are undoubtedly deserving champions, but let's not pretend that Bayern Munich didn't have their fair share of chances.
Chelsea may have won the match, but it was Bayern Munich's sloppiness and inability to capitalize on their opportunities that allowed the Blues a shot at the win.
Your Take on the Match?
Credit Chelsea for taking advantage, as that was something Bayern Munich was not able to do.
Shot after shot in the box was rocketed sky high far above both keeper and crossbar, and it almost appeared that the Reds were feeling the effects of playing on such a grand stage. Wild shots equal either a lack of focus, or they come from being a bit too amped up when shooting the ball.
In the case of the Reds, it seems like they were plagued with both.
Finally though, with under 10 minutes in regulation, Thomas Muller was able to knock a header into the net, and it seemed like Bayern Munich was well on their way to being crowned the kings of Europe. All they had to do was hold on and play good defense.
Another missed opportunity...
Didier Drogba countered with a beautiful header of his own with just a few minutes to go in regulation. This forced extra time, but still, the game was in Bayern Munich's control. There was not much doubt that they were the aggressor in this match and they may very well have been the better team.
That would have been the storyline, had Arjen Robben fooled Blues' keeper Petr Cech on his penalty kick in extra time, which was awarded because of a Drogba yellow card in the box.
With one kick, Robben could have turned Drogba from a hero in this match to the scapegoat, but he wasn't able to fool Cech, and the penalty kick was blocked.
Yet again, another missed opportunity...
Are you starting to see a trend?
In the end, the game was forced to go into penalty kicks. It was Bayern Munich who eventually got a one-kick lead when Juan Mata's attempt was blocked. All they had to do was keep scoring, but they couldn't capitalize yet again.
Cech made a great block and Chelsea subsequently made their next kick, which evened everything back up and put the pressure on the Reds' Bastian Schweinsteiger.
He hit the post...
Drogba scores, Chelsea wins, Bayern Munich loses.
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