The first 82 minutes of the match were attritional, with Bayern slowing breaking down a resolute Chelsea defense which, by the time there was a breakthrough, were often defending on the edge of their six-yard box.
Then Franck Ribéry – the man who’d been Bayern’s most dangerous player throughout the night – found Thomas Müller.
With only eight minutes of regulation time left, there was little doubt Müller’s goal had won Bayern the title, mostly because Chelsea had rarely threatened Bayern over the previous 82 minutes.
But as Eminem told us, you only need on shot, and Chelsea did not miss their change to blow. For Didier Drogba, the opportunity came once in a lifetime:
Four minutes into extra time, and Drogba nearly gave the cup back to Bayern:
Just under half-an-hour later, the tiebreaker – a penalty shootout where so much seemed to favor Bayern. German shoot out excellence, Bayern’s cool performance in the tiebreaker in Madrid, Chelsea’s history from the 2008 final – all these factors pointed to another Chelsea heartbreak.
It wasn’t meant to be:
Some highlights from post-match …
Chelsea’s captain on the night, Frank Lampard, speaking to Sky Sports:
John Obi Mikel taking over for Geoff Sheeves, interviewing Salomon Kalou:
Ashley Cole, talking to Sky: