UEFA Champions League: History of Shootouts in the Final

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UEFA Champions League: History of Shootouts in the Final
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Since the introduction of the shootout, the idea of having 120 minutes of play decided by penalty kicks has been met with avid criticism.

To some they are pure luck, to others they are an art, but to the majority of fans they are the single most exciting (or dreadful) way to finish off a cup final. But as Laurent Blanc once said, “Penalties are awful, unfair, but what else is there?”

Looking back on Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea did not play their best game and Bayern Munich was not clinical in their finishing. The game had all the marks of a forgettable final until Müller and Drogba traded jabs and set up what was sure to be a memorable ending.

The highs and lows of penalty shootouts are fervently remembered by those who come out on top and seldom forgotten by those who fall just short. Chelsea and Bayern Munich are not alone; let’s take a look at the other clubs that have tasted shootout glory or defeat in UEFA Champions League finals.

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