europe day 2012

10

BAM!

Drogba had equalized just before the end of normal time. It was a fine corner from Juan Mata and Drogba scored via a perfectly well-timed header that Neuer couldn’t save. The match went into extra time. Chelsea held on, for another half hour. They were not going to let this slip, not without they had put in their best effort. ET ended 1-1 as well and it was time for penalties. 

Phillip Lahm, Mario Gomez, Manuel Neuer, Ivica Olic, Bastian Schweinsteiger took penalties for Bayern. Juan Mata, David Luiz, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba took the penalties for Chelsea.

Juan Mata had missed the first penalty for Chelsea, Bayern took a 3-1 lead; but Chelsea scored 3 penalties after that first miss, while Olic and Schweinsteiger missed for Bayern. It all came down to the last kick: Drogba was to take it. He got ready, and went for it, his strike was well-placed and powerful and he had sent Neuer the wrong way. He scored. HE HAD DONE IT! HE HAD DONE IT FOR CHELSEA!!! 

Looking back, it has been 2 years. Drogba had won that trophy for Chelsea which had eluded them for years: They had made it to multiple semifinals and a final, and had come so close to winning but it was not to be then; but today was Chelsea’s day and his day, and he did not disappoint. In what was his last match for Chelsea, he had won the Champions League for Chelsea through what was his last ever kick in a blue shirt.

That night was blue. Chelsea had painted Munich blue on that night. The fans were rejoicing, the players were rejoicing, the staff was rejoicing. They had overcome all odds, at all possible levels, including beating their final opponents on their home turf. They had done it. We had done it. :’) 💙