Chelsea wins UEFA Champions League final over Bayern Munich | Soccer
Striker Didier Drogba was at the heart of Chelsea's comeback victory in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich, scoring the tying goal in the 88th minute and the winner on the final penalty kick of a 4-3 shootout.
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MUNICH, Germany — Charismatic striker Didier Drogba was at the heart of Chelsea's comeback victory in the UEFA Champions League final against Bayern Munich on Saturday, scoring the tying goal in the 88th minute and the winner on the final penalty kick of a 4-3 shootout.
With two minutes to go and Chelsea down 1-0 to the German team in its home stadium, Drogba soared to head home the equalizer and force 30 minutes of extra time, which ended 1-1.
When it was still level after four penalty kicks each, the 34-year-old from Ivory Coast who makes a habit of scoring crucial goals did so again, sliding home the winner and giving the London team its first Champions League title.
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Chelsea's remarkable Champions League season played out with the intensity of an opera since it lost 3-1 to Napoli of Italy in a round-of-16, first-leg match in February.
The team's Russian owner, Roman Abramovich, responded by firing coach Andre Villas-Boas and promoting assistant Roberto di Matteo, albeit with an interim tag.
Di Matteo responded by masterminding a stirring comeback against Napoli, victory over Benfica of Portugal and the epic elimination of Barcelona of Spain in the semifinal round.
"The way we turned things around against Napoli, Barcelona, I think we deserve this trophy," Drogba said. "The last kick of the season — and what a way to do it now."
Abramovich has the decision of whether to reward di Matteo by entrusting his billion-dollar investment to the 41-year-old Italian on a permanent basis.
"Football, like life, is unpredictable and crazy," di Matteo said. "Nobody could have predicted the last three months. To finish like this is incredible."
Abramovich might consider how the interim coach helped protect the team's business plan. Victory on Saturday sealed Chelsea's last remaining route, as titleholder, into next season's Champions League competition and retaining the elite status and finances that follow.
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