The Chelsea Football Club from Fulham, London has won its first ever Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League title in its 107-year history in dramatic fashion over Bayern Munich on Bayern’s home turf.
The game was tied 0-0 at the halftime mark and remained that way for much of the second half, until Bayern’s Thomas Muller scored the first goal at the 83′ mark to put Bayern up 1-0. But late in regulation, Didier Drogba put in a goal for Chelsea and the score remained tied through all of regulation and 30 minutes of extra time.
At that point, it goes to a shoot out – five shots on goal for each club. Through the first four, each club made three and had one saved by its goalie. For shot five, Bayern’s Bastian Schweinsteiger stutter-stepped and boinked his shot off the goal post, leaving it to Drogba again. And his shot did not miss, so Chelsea won the UEFA Championship on penalty kicks (4-3).
It’s particularly crazy because within the English Premier League, Chelsea finished 6th, which puts them out of contention to play in the 2013 UEFA league – unless they won the title. So Chelsea is in, along with Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, leaving fourth-place Tottenham out in the cold for the UEFA Cup.