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Champions League: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich in shootout



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Robben, the former Chelsea winger, threatened again in the 21st when he wriggled through a tiny gap to create a left-footed shooting chance. So often Chelsea’s Champions League savior, Cech blocked with his right leg and deflected the ball high up against his right post.

Drogba was being kept quiet before he linked with Frank Lampard to create Chelsea’s first good chance in the 37th. Salomon Kalou was teed up to shoot low but Neuer’s save was solid.

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Gomez, with 13 goals in the competition this season, then wasted two good chances to draw level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

First, his control failed when Ribery’s misdirected shot flew to his feet, then the big forward wrong-footed Gary Cahill but shot high and wide.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes stomped back to the bench throwing his hands in the air.

The second half resumed with the same pattern, and Cole’s outstanding defending denied Robben.

The England left-back hunted down Robben’s break, then blocked the Dutchman’s clear sight of goal from 10 yards (meters) in the 54th. The loose ball found Ribery in an offside position before he thought he’d opened the scoring.

Cole repeated his heroics five minutes later, dashing across to block Robben’s shot from 15 yards.

In the 76th, Cech stretched to tip the ball over the bar as Ribery’s cross at the goal line squirted up from Cole’s lunging challenge.

Cole was then booked for fouling Mueller, who responded by directing a header which Cech gathered.


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One minute later, Mueller eluded Cole with a late run and headed home to spark delirious celebrations among the Bayern players and fans.

They underestimated Chelsea’s admirable resolve, and Drogba soared to score with a header that Neuer couldn’t keep out.

Drogba’s taste for the dramatic flared up in the third minute of extra time, as he clipped Ribery’s heels in the penalty area.

Referee Pedro Proenca’s decision to point to the spot seemed to stun the Bayern fans, and their anxiety was well founded.

Robben fired low to Cech’s left, and the Czech ‘keeper blocked with his arm and body, then reached across to collect the loose ball.

Bayern came agonizingly close in the 108th, when substitute Olic slipped the ball across the goalmouth but teammate Daniel van Buyten failed to anticipate the simple tap-in.



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