Almost four years had passed since John Terry’s penalty kick slip stopped Chelsea from grasping its first Champions League crown when the Blues flipped the script on its ear.
Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in Munich on this day in 2012 to lay claim to its first European Cup after a dramatic 1-1 match required penalty kicks to settle the tournament.
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The match was scoreless for 82 minutes when Bayern sent the Allianz Arena into ecstasy via a Thomas Muller goal. They’d only have to hold on another 10 minutes or so to win a fifth UCL title.
They made it just five, as Didier Drogba stroked Chelsea level in the 88th minute.
Extra time didn’t separate the Blues and Bayern, and Chelsea fans would’ve been feeling deja vu when Juan Mata missed their first penalty kick.
The Blues wouldn’t miss again, and Bayern’s Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the Germans’ fourth and fifth attempts.
In the era of the looming, formidable manager, it’s worth remembering the interim manager Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to this title as well as the FA Cup. He’d only last until the following November, posting a 24-9-9 record with those two trophies.