Sunday, 20 May 2012

Champions League Final - Chelsea vs Bayern Munich: LIVE Commentary:

Hello and welcome to my LIVE coverage of the CL final between London club Chelsea and German giants Bayern Munich in this epic showdown. 
This match will be played at Bayern's home stadium, The Allianz Arena.

Who will win the coveted CL trophy tonight? Can Chelsea win their first CL today and stop Bayern from their 5th trophy?



Beautiful sight: The CL final will be played here tonight in Bayern's stadium, The Allianz Arena.
Welcome in: Either Chelsea or Bayern will lift the trophy tonight, and it has the potential to be a historic night.




Let's see how the two teams got to the final starting with Bayern:

Group Stages: 1st in their group with 13 points out of 18.


Round of 16:
Basel 1 Bayern Munich 7 (Aggregate score)


Quarter-Final:
Marseille 0 Bayern Munich 4 (Aggregate score)


Semi-Final:
Real Madrid 3 Bayern Munich 3(pen)




Chelsea:

Group Stages: 1st in their group with 11 points out of 18.


Round of 16:
Napoli 4 Chelsea 5

Quarter-Final:
Benfica 1 Chelsea 3


Semi-Final:
Barcelona 2 Chelsea 3



Analysis:


This is a much awaited CL final between these two teams and for Chelsea interim manager Roberto Di Matteo, he can get into owner Roman Abromovich's good books with a trophy win tonight. 
Chelsea are shortlisting a few managers including Fabio Capello for their next permanent manger so it will be a big test for Di Matteo to see whther he can handle all of the pressure on his shoulders.
Striker Didier Drogba will be the danger man for The Blues and he is deadly in-front of goal.

Bayern on the other hand will be desperate to win the CL after getting to the final in 2010 before losing 2-0 to Inter Milan. They will have the home advantage today, and will look to bounce back from their German Cup Final 5-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund last week. 
They will be the major favourites going into the match, and they will know that the longer that Chelsea fail to score, the more chance they will prevail.
Winger Arjen Robben has said that he has 'no regrets' leaving Chelsea 5 years ago, and that they should not expect he to be nice tonight.


Let's see how the teams will line-up tonight:


Bayern:
Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Tymoschuk, Contento, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Gomez. 

Subs: Butt, Van Buyten, Petersen, Olic, Rafinha, Usami, Pranjic.

Strong German side on show tonight but defender Holger Basdstuber is suspended so Tymoschuk replaces him in the centre of defence.


Chelsea:
Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Kalou, Mikel, Lampard, Bertrand, Mata, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Torres, Malouda, Ferreira, Sturridge.

Chelsea are without captain John Terry, winger Ramires, centre-back Branislav Ivanovic and midfielder Raul Meireles, who are all supended.

Winger Ryan Bertrand starts his first CL match in his career, in the final in Munich tonight! 

Strikers Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge both start from the bench tonight.


That's what it is all about: The Champions League trophy is unveiled inside the stadium beside the pitch.




0: The match has started here in Munich!

2: Midfielder Basten Schweinstieger has been given a yellow card for a deliberate handball.

5: Schweinstieger with a shot from 20 yards out, but defender Gary Cahill blocks the ball for a corner.

17: Bayern dominating all the possession, so far but Chelsea are looking rock solid at the back though. Still goal-less at the moment.

19: Striker Mario Gomez has a chance to score for Bayern, but cuts the ball back towards full-back Bosingwa who clears the ball away for a corner.  

32: There is a stoppage in play, as Bayern winger Frank Ribery recieves treatment from the physio after a late challenge on him by Bosingwa. 

33: Gary Cahill goes on a good run for Chelsea moving towards the 16 yard box before being tripped by defender Jerome Boateng from 20 yards out.

He brought the foul, smart move. 

34: Winger Juan Mata takes the free-kick and it curls a few yards over the bar! Still 0-0 and the quality of set pieces so far in this match have been poor.

37: Chelsea look dangerous with striker Didier Drogba on the ball running down the wing. A clever flick onto midfielder Salomon Kalou who takes a stinging shot towards goal, but goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saves the ball at his near post. 

45: There will be one minute of stoppage time to be added on here at The Allianz Arena. 

45+1: The referee blows the whistle to signal the end of the first half. Goal-less. 
Gomez and Ribery have had a lot of shooting chances in the last five minutes of the half, but they were not good enough to score and break the deadlock.

20:45:

45: The referee blows the whistle to start the second half. 

51: What a shot from Chelsea striker Didier Drogba! 30+ yards out, but it was narrowly wide even though 'keeper Neuer had it covered.

54: Ribery takes a shot from close range which deflects off a Chelsea defender at the far post which beats Cech to score for Bayern.... but the referee blows the whislte for offside! Still 0-0 though.

60: Chelsea's defence is being tested by the pace and danger of Arjen Robben. They are desperate to not let him get close to goal though to trouble Petr Cech.

63: Bayern Munich are dominating possession and not giving Chelsea a chance here, this is worse than Barca last month.
The only problem is that they cannot finish their chances and always miss or get blocked.

68: The Chelsea bus is firmly parked now again. 
Bayern trying to find a gap in the defence, but the blue shirts are not giving them any space.

71: Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole proves once again why he is one of the best if not the best defenders in the world by blocking Bayern striker Tim Kroos from scoring with a massive deflection.

72: FACT: Chelsea have blocked 11 shots in this match so far, which is the most in one match in the CL this season. 

74: Young startlet Ryan Bertrand is being taken off the pitch and will be replaced by Florent Malouda for Chelsea to add some attacking options.

Warm applause for the youngster who has a bright future. 

77: FACT: Bayern Munich are one of the three clubs in the CL this season to have won all of their home matches. Chelsea and Real Madrid are the other two teams. 

81: Bayern go on the counter attacker with Thomas Muller on the run with the ball. Full-back Ashley Cole slices his legs onto the floor and gets a silly yellow card for it. 
It was a smart move though as Chelsea were close to conceding, to take one for the team. 

83: GOAL!!!!!
This was coming, as Bayern were pressing throughout the match.
Striker Thomas Muller scores a downward header from a rebound after his shot was saved by goalkeeper Petr Cech just outside the 6 yard box.


About time and all: Thomas Muller breaks the deadlock with a header for Bayern in the 83rd minute after pressure.
Pure relief: Muller celebrates his 11th goal this season to put Bayern ahead against Chelsea tonight.
84: Chelsea SUB:
Fernando Torres ON
Salomon Kalou OFF

Roberto Di Matteo has five minutes plus stoppage time to salvage extra time here. Can he do it?

87: Bayern SUB:
Daniel Van Buyten ON
Thomas Muller OFF 

88: Chelsea about to take their first corner of the night.
Winger Juan Mata takes it and whips it into the box for striker Didier Drogba who powerfully heads the ball twoards goal.... GOAL!!!!!!!
He rose above defender before heading past Neuer.
1-1, what a time to score an equaliser! Chelsea have hope!

Rise to the occasion: Drgoba heads the ball from a corner to beat Manuel Neuer and score in the 88th minute to make it 1-1.
Never give up: Chelsea team-mates celebrate Drogba's goal in the 88th minute to give them hope of winning the CL.
90: The fourth official signals three minutes of stoppage time to be added on here. 
90+1: End-to-end action here, with both teams thinking that they can win the tie in stoppage time.
90+4: Winger Juan Mata is tripped from 25 yards out. Chelsea free-kick, and the last action until extra time unless Drogba can weave some more action here. 
90+5: He steps up to take the shot, after 1 minute of problems inside the box but his shot is well wide and goes into the stands. 

Full-time whistle here, and we are going into extra time.

Bayern Munich 1 Chelsea 1 


Extra-time:
30 minutes left for both teams to end the tie with a goal or two, or it will go down to penalties.

93:
PENALTY 
Bayern Munich have been awarded a penalty after striker Drogba clips Bayern winger Ribery's leg inside the box, and he goes down to ground.

95:
Ribery is off the field recieving treatment for a bad cramp after the tackle, while former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben steps up to take the penalty. 


He steps up to shoot, and takes a low drive towards the right hand side of goal, but Petr Cech saves the weak shot with his hands before it goes between his foot.

Game changer: Petr Cech saves Robben's penalty to keep his team in the match in extra time.



Still 1-1 and Chelsea still have hope.


Shades of Barca vs Chelsea in April when Messi hit the bar after Drogba fouled Fabregas inside the box and Chelsea ended up winning the tie to get into the final.

It looks like it will be Chelsea's night now, they have had so much luck throughout the match and the CL season. Destiny. 

97: Winger Frank Ribery cannot continue playing, and will be replaced by striker Ivica Olic.


102: There are a lot of tired legs out there now, including the Chelsea defence with Cahill and Luiz both just coming back from injury.

105: There will be only 1 minute of added time here.
No real threat from either team since the penalty save, with both teams in shock.

105+1: The referee blows the whistle for the end of the first half of extra time.

22:00:
 

105: The last 15 minutes of CL football this season left here. Who will win this epic showdown? Chelsea or Bayern?

108: AGAIN?!?!
Olic misses a shot from the far post of the goal from a cross. 
He failed to control the shot, and just lashed at the ball which was a wasted chance. Should have been 2-1.

115: Chelsea's bus is not giving up. 
Gomez and co are camped inside the Chelsea half, but The Blues look to 'play for penalties'. 


120: Full-time in extra time, and the scores are tied 1-1 still.
This means it will be a penalty shootout.

22:20:
Penalty time:


Defender Phillip Lahm scores the first pen to make it 1-0 to Bayern.

Winger Juan Mata has his penalty saved by Manuel Neuer. Stil 1-0 to Bayern.

Striker Mario Gomez scores his penalty to give Bayern a 2-0 lead.

Defender David Luiz scored his penalty to give Chelsea hope. 2-1 on pens now. 

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer cooly slots the ball past Cech. 3-1 to Bayern. 

Midfielder Frank Lampard almost always scores his penalties, and scores a trademark goal here. 3-2.

Ivica Olic has his penalty saved by goalkeeper Petr Cech. 3-2 to Bayern and Chelsea have to capatalize now or they will lose. 

Full-back Ashley Cole scores for Chelsea. They have equalised.

Schweinsteiger hits the post for Bayern. 3-3.


Drogba scores for Chelsea. 4-3 to Chelsea, and they have won!!!



CHELSEA WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE



We are the champions: The Chelsea squad go wild after beating Bayern on penalties in Munich.