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Sports Perspective - Chelsea wins Champions Cup

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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 4:00 am

Once a year, two of the best European soccer teams meet in what is called the Champions Cup. The Champions League is comprised of the most elite soccer teams in Europe, which concludes with the prestigious Champions Cup. This year, the matchup was between Chelsea, an English-based team and Bayern Munich, a German squad.

Statistically, this game looked like it should have been a blow out. The game was dominated by Bayern Munich in nearly every stat line. Five times as many shots, twice as many shots on target, less fouls and more time of possession, you would think this game was over early. However, you would be wrong. That is exactly why nearly 178 million people tune in from all over the world to watch such a fantastic game.

The game stayed scoreless nearly the entire time. Finally, with only seven minutes remaining, Bayern broke the tie. It was one of many attempted crosses but this one found the head of Thomas Muller who was able to sneak one by Chelsea’s goalie, Petr Cech.

Victory was coming ever so close for Bayern Munich until Dieder Drogba of Chelsea buried the ball in the net with only two minutes remaining. Imagine that, a stadium absolutely packed with soccer fanatics and the game is tied with only two minutes remaining. The game finally ended tied at one.

There really isn’t a more exciting way to finish a championship game then deciding it by penalty kicks. After two extra periods of overtime, the game went to penalty kicks. After Bayern sunk the first penalty kick and Chelsea’s kick was blocked, it looked promising for Bayern. They had a 3-1 lead and the game wrapped up. However, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard drilled one home and Cech saved consecutive shots. Chelsea was now only one kick away from making history. And they would do just that. Drogba did it again, this time the ball rolled right past the goalie as he dove the wrong way and Chelsea won the Champions Cup.

It was Chelsea’s first European title and was a remarkable one. Bayern was attempting to be the first team since Inter Milan in 1965 to win the title on their home turf. The story of an English team beating a German team on their own field in one of the biggest soccer games of all time is truly astonishing. In addition, the hero of the match, Didier Drogba, played what could have been his last game for Chelsea as his contract expires next month.

It was summarized best by Drogba himself saying: "Always so close and so far, and today the cup is going to Stamford Bridge, and this is the best ever."

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