Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Players with the Biggest Impact on the UCL Final

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIMay 19, 2012

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Ashley Cole of Chelsea celebrates after the winning penalty during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Didier Drogba's penalty kick gave Chelsea a victory over Bayern Munich in front of a horrified Bavarian crowd on hand to watch the Champions League final.

Bayern took a 1-0 lead, but the celebrations did not last long, as Drogba headed in the Blues' lone goal just minutes later.

The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, and after two scoreless overtime periods, it headed to a penalty shootout. 

Heroics from Peter Cech and Drogba gave the Londoners their first Champions League trophy. Here are the four players who had the biggest impact on their victory.

1. Didier Drogba, Striker, Chelsea

Drogba delivered again for the club that made him a star.

His goal in the 88th minute of regulation time kept Chelsea's hopes alive when the seemed all but dead just a few moments earlier.

He then delivered again with a calmly taken penalty in the most pressure-packed situation the sport can produce. He was a Blues legend before this, and he will now be forever remembered as one of the club's all-time greats.

2. Petr Cech, Goalkeeper, Chelsea

Cech has been in unbelievable form lately, and it was difficult to imagine that he had saved his best performance for the last—and most important—game of Chelsea's season. 

But this is exactly what the keeper did, as he stopped Arjen Robben's penalty in extra time, then went on to make a crucial finger-tip save against Bastian Schweinsteiger in the shootout.

Cech has been unbeatable late in the season for his side, and his unbelievable saves have earned the Blues two trophies this month.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19: Arjen Robben (L) of FC Bayern Muenchen shoots from the penalty spot but its saved by goalkeeper Petr Cech of Chelsea during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 1
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3. Thomas Muller, Midfielder, Bayern Munich

Muller was at the center of Bayern's relentless attack throughout regulation time.

His efforts payed off in the 83rd minute when he headed in the first goal of the game.

If not for an amazing comeback from Chelsea, Muller would have ended up as the Man of the Match.

4. Arjen Robben, Winger, Bayern Munich

Robben affected this game in the wrong sort of way.

His terribly taken penalty in overtime was Bayern's best chance at victory during the final match.

If he had placed the ball better, the Germans likely would have delighted their hometown crowd with the club's fifth European championship.


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