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UEFA Champions League
19 May 2012
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: Pedro Proença
• Attendance: 62500
T. Müller 83'
Chelsea won 4 - 3 on penalties
D. Drogba 88'
So that is that. The greatest night in the history of Chelsea FC as they beat Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout to win the Champions League. Thank you very much for joining me this evening - stick with Goal.com for all the reaction. Goodnight!
Frank Lampard, captain on the night, has told reporters: "I can't believe it. The determination we've shown ... we didn't play fantastic but the main man Didier dug us out of trouble there. It means everything. We've been so many years trying to do this."
Bayern Munich icon Franz Beckenbauer is about as fair as he can be expected to be, telling Sat1: "Why are the English to blame when Bayern is not able to convert their dominance? Luck was on Chelsea's side this time and that is why they are deserved Champions League winner. Nonetheless, Bayern was the better team for most parts of the game."
On the pitch, Chelsea are now wandering around in a throng of reporters, parading the trophy to all corners of the ground before crouching to pose with it on the ground. No sign of these jubilant scenes stopping any time soon.
Roberto Di Matteo, in guiding Chelsea to winning the tournament, becomes the 10th Italian manager to win the European Cup or Champions League. He's also the first to do so with a foreign club. Job interview.
With Bayern missing out at the Allianz Arena tonight, Inter remain the last team to win the Champions League in their home stadium. That was in 1965. Cracking history via Infostrada Sports.
The man whose goal seemed to have won it for Bayern Munich in the 83rd minute, Thomas Muller, tells Sky Sports: "That is football. We have seen it in the past: It is not always the better team that has the cup in the end. When you score in front of your own fans so close to the end and then you watch Chelsea holding the cup, you can see that a lot has happened and feelings have changed. It was hard to find words for that. But football is not everything in life."
"I think he's done enough to get the job," Cech adds when asked about Roberto Di Matteo. Can you argue with him? The Italian has turned around a dire season and ended it with the club's greatest ever success.
"I thought he would go for power over placement and that he would shoot that side," Petr Cech tells ITV Sport of how he out-thought Arjen Robben to save that penalty in the first period of extra time. Former Chelsea man Robben, that is. It must really hurt for the Dutchman.
Goal.com's full match report and player ratings are in and can be found just above this very sentence. An incredible, thrilling Champions League final - and these matches so often aren't.
Mario Gomez remains sat on the pitch, staring into the distance. He in particular is a man who could have done so much more. The striker poached 13 goals in the Champions League this season but fluffed his lines when it really counted.
The last man to do so? It's Roberto Di Matteo, held up by his victorious squad - and he finally breaks out in a massive grin and an ecstatic yell. Career highlight.
One by one, the Chelsea players stand up on the edge of the stand to individually hold up the massive cup and take applause and cheers from their supporters. It's hard not to smile.
Before the presentation, by the way, Roberto Di Matteo was spotted telling Roman Abramovich: "I told you, I told you - I won it!"
Here it comes - the Uefa dignitaries wave the Chelsea players away from the trophy so that the crowd can see it properly! John Terry and Frank Lampard emerge through the crush to lift it as the most triumphant photo of Chelsea's long history is taken by thousands of photographers!
Massive hug for John Terry from a grinning Roman Abramovich. The Chelsea owner has finally got what he wanted.
Di Matteo is the first to put the winner's medal around his neck. There's a huge roar from the Chelsea fans as the players bounce giddily.
David Luiz is wearing an incredible hat. It's worth its own update.
And here come Chelsea up the steps, led by a remarkable calm Roberto Di Matteo. He couldn't have done anything more to make his case for the full-time job.
Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger pick up their medals at the back end of the line. The latter in particular looks utterly inconsolable after his weak penalty was diverted by Cech onto the post.
Here's Dan Levene, our fan correspondent in the stadium who I'm amazed still retains control of his typing fingers: "Never thought it would happen. Least of all here. Tears in my eyes: 28 years supporting this club, and European Champions. The Chelsea end awash with blue flags. Singing, dancing, many more tears I'm sure. As Sir Alex put it in just such circumstances: ‘Football - bloody hell!’"
Chelsea line up as Bayern Munich's shellshocked runners-up ascend up the steps that they know so well to meet Uefa president Michel Platini for their medals.
Ashley Cole appears to be losing control of his arms in wild celebration. The Bayern Munich players are to a man repeating the same pose, hunched over with hands on knees, staring at the ground. There will be no comfort for some time.
The bad news for Tottenham fans, of course, is that this result means that they are bumped out of their Champions League place for next season. Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League but now qualify as holders.
"He's a hero - I'd love him to stay," Frank Lampard tells ITV Sport of Didier Drogba, the man who may have won the greatest prize in his last Chelsea game.
Bayern Munich are inconsolate. They spurned chance after chance in their home stadium, missed a penalty, and their romantic occasion has fallen apart.
John Terry, now fully kitted out, joins on-the-night captain and penalty hero Didier Drogba for a three-way group hug as Chelsea go crazy.
Didier Drogba rescued Chelsea at the death in normal time! He nearly cost them the game in giving away an extra-time penalty! And now he has converted the coolest penalty you could want to seal the greatest night in his club's history!
DROGBA SCORES! ROLLS IT IN! CHELSEA HAVE WON THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR HISTORY!
Didier Drogba steps up...
BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER HITS THE POST! CHELSEA ARE ONE AWAY FROM VICTORY!
ASHLEY COLE SCORES! The scores are level with four taken each!
PETR CECH SAVES FROM IVICA OLIC! Could be back level in a moment!
FRANK LAMPARD SCORES! Absolute blast, an excellent penalty!
MANUEL NEUER SCORES! Yes, the goalkeeper!
DAVID LUIZ SCORES!
MARIO GOMEZ SCORES!
MANUEL NEUER SAVES FROM JUAN MATA! Low but not wide enough, Neuer guesses right! Advantage Bayern!
PHILIPP LAHM SCORES THE FIRST PENALTY - JUST! Petr Cech gets a hand to it but it's too powerful.
120' + 3'
It looks like the penalties will be taken at the Bayern Munich end. Some fascinatingly dark looks on some of these players' faces.
120' + 2'
Chelsea have won seven of their last nine penalty shootouts. Make of that what you will.
120' + 1'
THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL GOES TO PENALTIES!
Yellow Card Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres gets forward in one last(?) effort but concedes a simple foul on Diego Contento. Is that it?
This game isn't quite doing the inevitable slide towards penalties that can typify these situations, but Bayern Munich aren't really offering enough to suggest that they will prevent a shootout.
Meanwhile, Cech almost sarcastically picks out a dire, floaty free kick from Robben.
Petr Cech has already applied his knowledge of Arjen Robben's recent penalties to great effect. Manuel Neuer will be desperately picturing his notes right now...
Just five minutes of open play left. Didier Drogba crashes into Daniel Van Buyten in the Bayern box and concedes a foul.
Arjen Robben tries to do it all himself to make up for that penalty miss. He does his trademark run inside from the right and shot from the centre-edge of the area, but doesn't catch it well and it flies high and wide.
Hearts in mouths for Chelsea again! Petr Cech comes out some way to try to snuff out Philipp Lahm's run but it's nicked away from him - Mario Gomez is blocked off by Gary Cahill, though, and though the ball bounces in the area with the goal open, there's no way for the hosts to capitalise.
Bayern Munich continue to attack without the penetration needed and Ivica Olic gets his shot away about two minutes later. It's awkwardly angled and easy for Petr Cech.
Chelsea fan correspondent Dan Levene in the Allianz Arena: "I have just recounted to my German neighbours in the stadium the famous Gary Lineker quote that 'football is a game played between two teams - and then the Germans win on penalties'. They are too nervous to know whether to laugh or cry."
MIX-UP FOR BAYERN! It should be 2-1! Ivica Olic is on the left to meet a cross but doesn't take control as you would expect a striker to. He could take aim and shoot and it would be a Bayern goal but he limply lays it off for Mario Gomez - or at least tries to, it's too light a touch. Massive moment.
Arjen Robben, who, penalty miss aside, is now Bayern's only real creative threat left, dances around but Chelsea are back in numbers and there's no way through. Another Bayern corner though, but don't get your hopes up...
Well, here we go again. Fifteen minutes to penalties unless someone intervenes.
105' + 1'
Diego Contento holds the ball up right up on the touchline in Chelsea's half and he gets his wish when Frank Lampard comes in to foul him. It's essentially a corner for Bayern, and we know how those usually turn out - the delivery is singularly awful and it's half-time in extra time.
Didier Drogba is called offside as he goes in chase of a long ball - we have one added minute.
They'll try! Fernando Torres steps back on the right and delivers a testing cross, but Philipp Lahm is on top of it.
They could win it in extra time, though. Bayern Munich are having as big a wobble as they have all game. Arjen Robben concedes a free kick in a slightly-too-deep-to-shoot position.
Chelsea enjoying a minute's uninterrupted possession. They look like they might be happy to settle for penalties - they'd surely go into them feeling more psyched up for it now.
Ivica Olic is the man on the left wing for Bayern now but, in trying to get past Jose Bosingwa, he shoves him away and concedes the free kick. Franck Ribery is such a big miss for the hosts now.
Bayern Munich are still coming forward but they are rocked, no question. This game is unbelievable.
That was a superb save, it really was. Worse for Bayern Munich - Franck Ribery is suffering something worse than cramp as a result of that Didier Drogba tackle. He's helped off the pitch and Ivica Olic replaces him.
Penalty save Petr Cech
Missed Penalty Arjen Robben
SAVED! PETR CECH SAVES FROM ARJEN ROBBEN! The Dutchman aims low to his right and the goalkeeper brilliantly dives to keep it out! Wow! WOW!
Last time Chelsea were in a Champions League final, Drogba got sent off. This time he's deservedly booked as he brings Ribery down from behind. There's a delay in is taking as Ribery is down with cramp.
Yellow Card Didier Drogba
PENALTY TO BAYERN MUNICH! DIDIER DROGBA BRINGS DOWN FRANCK RIBERY! I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP!
Since taking off Thomas Muller, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has moved into midfield. Bayern Munich's 4-2-3-1 is now more of a 4-3-3. They have two substitutions left if my calculations are correct if Jupp Heynckes fancies further tweaks.
Fernando Torres is forward! There's absolutely nobody in support and apparently nobody on their way, so the Spaniard continues ambling forward, gets shrugged off the ball eventually, and that's that.
So, then. Extra time. Two 15-minute periods and penalties if we're still locked. Bayern kick off the first of them. Yowza.
90' + 6'
Bayern Munich have had approximately a million corners and more or less fluffed them all. Chelsea have had one and scored. Clinical.
90' + 5'
Whew. I really thought that Bayern Munich had it in the bag there when they finally put the biscuit in the basket - it had such inevitability about it - but Chelsea, really out of nowhere, have got back into it. Is there any greater crunch-match specialist in world football than Didier Drogba?
90' + 4'
Unbelievable tense as Drogba steps up... and it's a complete anticlimax. He misses comprehensively and WE HAVE EXTRA TIME.
90' + 3'
Free kick to Chelsea! Bayern are slightly stretched and Franck Ribery shoves Juan Mata off the ball. It's a very tempting position - can Didier Drogba complete an incredible turnaround?
90' + 2'
Threat again as Didier Drogba is the target of a fleeting cross from the right but Manuel Neuer is alert and gets there just in time.
90' + 1'
You may be interested to know that Sky's Gary Neville did "the goal noise" again when Drogba scored. The Chelsea fans are making one heck of a noise themselves now as the Allianz Arena has erupted.
That decision to bring Van Buyten on for Muller and change shape seems a really naive one now from Jupp Heynckes. Approaching extra time now as David Luiz heads a Bayern cross away yet again.
You just can. Not. Stop. Didier Drogba in the big games!
Assist Juan Mata
Goal Didier Drogba
GOAL! THEY'VE DONE IT! One corner - one goal! Didier Drogba is the man who reaches the cross at the near corner of the six-yard box and his header is a fantastic one, full of power and precision! It's 1-1! WOW!
A corner! Chelsea finally have a corner!
Daniel Van Buyten
Petr Cech launches it forward as Chelsea desperately try to create a chance to respond, but it's instantly headed away.
Yellow Card David Luiz
It was a great, searching cross from Toni Kroos, it must be said, to set up Muller. The goalscorer is replaced by defender Daniel Van Buyten - no chances taken by Bayern now.
Chelsea go for broke - here's Fernando Torres. Six minutes plus injury time to turn it around.
Assist Toni Kroos
Goal Thomas Müller
GOAL! IT'S FINALLY COME FOR BAYERN! They've had so many chances and finally put one away, Thomas Muller the man at the far post who heads down at the ground. It bounces up and over the helpless Petr Cech - is that history being made?
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
Thomas Muller, rampaging down the right at the start of yet another Bayern counter, pulls the ball back and Ashley Cole is sold on it, kicking him after it's gone and getting booked for his troubles.
Chelsea fans bay for a penalty as Franck Ribery controls the ball with his chest. That's not how it works, guys.
ANOTHER BAYERN MISS! If Bayern Munich lose this game, they'll have only themselves to blame. Some fine work on the left to battle through several men sees it come to Thomas Muller in the centre-right of the box. It's not a perfect pass but he stumbles further and pokes a lifeless shot weakly wide.
Toni Kroos' stubborn determination to score a memorable long-range strike in this final is admirable in its ambition but probably driving Jupp Heynckes mad. The midfielder once again smacks a shot against a defender in a crowded position.
Hairy moment for Chelsea - Franck Ribery gets more space on the right and his cross needs Petr Cech to get a hand up just in time to poke it over the bar!
Bayern Munich won't be held off for long, though, and Franck Ribery tries to slip Thomas Muller in with a crafty slide pass in the area, but Chelsea are on top of it.
Moments before, Chelsea won a corner when Didier Drogba breezed past Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Diego Contento covering well to snuff the danger out.
The first change of the final and it's Ryan Bertrand who's coming off - you wouldn't have known that this was his first Champions League game, I don't think. A decent effort. Florent Malouda comes on and that seems to reflect Chelsea's slight increase in emphasis on attack.
Hang on - Chelsea are near the Bayern goal! Jose Bosingwa's cross from high up on the right comes to Salomon Kalou, but the winger doesn't assert his authority on it. How they must wish that Didier Drogba had been in his position.
Cut back into the middle from Bayern and Toni Kroos is teed up yet again - but it's blocked yet again. Chelsea give away a free kick on their right a moment later but continue to stand firm.
Bayern Munich have their 13th and 14th corner (and waste them). Chelsea still haven't had any.
Wayne's right, that corner I mentioned just now would have been a penalty instead if Philipp Lahm had had his way. I must confess, I blinked and missed it in real time, but I've heard both "yes" and "no" to whether or not Ashley Cole handled.
Wayne Veysey asks the question we're all pondering: "The Bayern fans are starting to get a little frustrated as the resourcefulness of Chelsea's defending is limiting their team's sights on goal. Franck Ribery had one shot that was disallowed for offside and a penalty appeal for an Ashley Cole handball was rejected. But Chelsea continue to hand firm. Is it Torres time soon?"
There's an opportunity for Chelsea to get out and break from a corner as Salomon Kalou walks it out. The Ivorian then pauses and allows a Bayern man to rob him again. Nothing comes of it, but it's a sign of the Blues not really being completely alert.
The hosts have resumed their total control after that brief period of Chelsea experimenting with the concept of attacking once in a while, but there seems to be a slight loss of their confident edge right at the end.
Bayern Munich keep coming, keep pressing - this time it's Franck Ribery cutting in and slashing awkwardly wide from a central position.
Schweinsteiger, buzzing, races from a deep position in his own half past Chelsea's left-sided men into loads of space on the right with men in support arriving in the middle. He avoids all of them, though, with a cross practically gift-wrapped for Petr Cech.
There are probably too many Bayern men standing in the same place at a corner and Bastian Schweinsteiger, struggling for space, nods ineffectually off target.
"First goal wins," one of our correspondents, Greg Stobart, declared before this match kicked off. I'm coming round to his way of thinking.
Ashley Cole blocks Arjen Robben's shot again! Mario Gomez keeps his head this time enough to turn the defender and lay it on for the Dutchman but Cole's savvy anticipation sees him already in place to slide in the way of his strike. Great defending.
Chelsea get forward - Ashley Cole's even in the home half now! He swings a cross in from the left looking for Salomon Kalou but the referee, Pedro Proenca, calls a foul by the Blues man.
Toni Kroos yet again tries a shot from range, but it's a bit silly from his position wide on the left and the midfielder's aim is well off.
Juan Mata continues Chelsea's definite increase in adventure by aiming a lofty pass from near the halfway line towards the left-hand byeline, but Manuel Neuer gets there before Ryan Bertrand. Has Roberto Di Matteo decided that Bayern's finishing isn't enough to be worried about?
IN THE NET BY RIBERY - OFFSIDE! Chelsea are threatening to commit themselves too much and Bayern are forward again on the break. Arjen Robben takes the initial shot but it's deflected and, though Franck Ribery is free to slot it home untroubled, he was also ever-so-slightly offside at the time of the shot.
Chelsea look towards Drogba but the pass out of defence is long and over-ambitious so it comes back to Bayern Munich yet again. They advance into the box and Mario Gomez tumbles but it's a natural fall as he collides with Ashley Cole, having already lost the ball. Nothing doing, rightly so.
The Allianz Arena (or at least the parts of it that are on my screen) is now bathed in flare smoke. It adds to the atmosphere. Tense and moody.
In the build-up to that Kroos effort, Arjen Robben had perhaps had an even better chance when the play was more stretched, but the Dutchman dallied too long.
Some decent battling work from Ryan Bertrand keeps Chelsea in possession in the Bayern half as they pass it around the midfield, waiting and hoping for a chance. But it's gone soon enough and the Germans come streaming back - Toni Kroos takes a swipe and David Luiz heads it over the top!
The hosts pick up where they left off, with Franck Ribery pelting down the left wing and angling inside, but he puts it out. No changes, by the way.
Bayern kick the second half off - getting nervy at home?
Goal.com UK Deputy Editor Jonathan Birchall is deconstructing the first half's goal-criminal-in-chief, Mario Gomez: "Countries Gomez has scored against in competitive Germany matches: San Marino, Kazakhstan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Belgium." - For my money, the most inexplicably successful average stiker in the world.
Bayern Munich have had 11 shots. Only two have been on target. I suspect that Jupp Heynckes will be giving his troops an earful.
And here's our man in Munich, Wayne Veysey: "The final whistle blows, the deafening tunes start. With barely a second between the two. Supporters, dignitaries and neutrals alike can now reflect on an opening period completely dominated by Bayern, who are effectively the home side and are playing like it. They have had 13 shots to Chelsea's two, which is an accurate reflection of their control. Only wonky finishing has let them down, with Mario Gomez the worst culprit. Chelsea will be happy with the scoreline but need to make far greater use of Didier Drogba, who has not even threatened intermittently."
More than slight overtones of the Barcelona semi-finals here for Chelsea. I suppose that is both a good sign - they're here, of course - and a bad, because there's only so many times you can pull that trick off...
So, 0-0 at the break, and both Petr Cech and Manuel Neuer have had one save each to make. The Chelsea keeper's was better but there have been more than a couple of times when Bayern Munich should have taken him out of the equation and taken the lead. Is all that "destiny" talk coming to pass for the Blues?
45' + 1'
No. There's some nondescript midfield scurrying and that's that for the first half.
One minute added on. Time to put that right?
Dearie me, that was bad. Bayern Munich really should be at least one up after the half that they've had.
Mario Gomez, what are you DOING? Gifted a chance as Gary Cahill is turned inside-out in the middle oft the box but the Bayern striker smashes at it amateurishly. Terrible.
Gomez's touch on that was brick-heavy and he follows it up with an attempted left-footed flick on a Tymoshchuk (!) shot from the edge of the area. It goes wide.
Hints now of Chelsea coming into the game but Bayern Munich remain the team who look most likely to score - and as I type as much they press forward again. Franck Ribery has space to the left of the area but mishits. Bayern are lucky when it comes to Mario Gomez as a result, but the poacher botches his effort, too. He gets a lot of goals, does Gomez, but he's very capable of making the easy look difficult.
Ooh! Chelsea get their best chance yet, with a flowing build-up sweeping from left to right that comes to Salomon Kalou. He's a little further wide than is ideal but shoots anyway and it might have crept into the bottom corner if Manuel Neuer hadn't got down to his left post and parried it.
Ooh! Thomas Muller should do better! Franck Ribery once again is allowed too much space on the Bayern left and he swings in a cross from the touchline this time. Muller meets it with a left-footed volley but it drops a little limply off-target.
Franck Ribery slips inside as Salomon Kalou doesn't hassle him enough but the Frenchman drags his shot well wide. If Bayern score tonight, it'll be from that position, it seems clear.
Drogba runs over it and Juan Mata curls the delivery over the wall but it keeps rising and goes over the bar. Could have done better, that's for certain. Chelsea haven't had a better opportunity yet.
Chelsea have their own useful-looking free kick as Gary Cahill gets forward and is clipped. Centre-right, with Drogba and Mata over it...
Bayern have time to lift a very unthreatening shot into the arms of Petr Cech before Franck Ribery recovers from milking the tackle to walk back onto the pitch.
Jose Bosingwa is a naughty boy. Franck Ribery has the ball completely shielded from the Portuguese so he has a nasty little nip at the back of his leg. Not even a chance of getting the ball. Surprising not to see him yellow-carded.
A very fine little headed pass by Didier Drogba sparks a hint of a counter from Chelsea but Ryan Bertrand ends up stopped in his tracks by a canny Philipp Lahm.
It's Robben, left-footed, smacked against the wall. Waste.
Robben and Kroos both fancy this...
Now we see Lahm getting forward at last but Chelsea are back with him - David Luiz is noticeably travelling everywhere to patrol his box, but this time he knocks Thomas Muller over with his shoulder and Bayern have a great position for a free kick.
Bayern, already far outstripping Chelsea in the corner stakes 7-0, see their latest claimed with great authority by Petr Cech. The keeper is giving his side that great base they need.
Toni Kroos, in the inside-right channel, swivels and crosses cleverly to ... er, nobody in the box.
Ryan Bertrand must be having an effect as Philipp Lahm isn't getting forward much on the Bayern right. Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery definitely both seem more interested in targeting Jose Bosingwa than Ashley Cole.
VITAL SAVE FROM PETR CECH! Arjen Robben, drifting left to link up with Ribery, dribbles through the Chelsea defence and squeezes a left-footed shot between Gary Cahill's legs, but the Blues keeper gets down to block it. Important reflexes, with Robben doing well to create the opportunity.
Chelsea, almost exclusively playing on the counter, thwack a ball out aimlessly to the right and out. Not much spark from Di Matteo's men yet.
Corner for Bayern Munich! Robben tries to convert in the area but it's deflected. Corner for Bayern Munich! Chelsea don't clear properly and it breaks for Mario Gomez in the box, must score - but he fails to react in time and the Blues are let off!
If you're wondering how Ryan Bertrand is handling the step up so far - well, fine, basically. When Chelsea attack, they've been doing it down the right, and when Bayern attack, they've mostly been doing it down the left.
A word from our at-the-ground man, Wayne Veysey: "Bayern are winning the battle of the fans hands down. The noise emanating from the red-and-white human wall from the goal to our right is thunderous and relentless. From the blue-and-white masses, less so. There are more 'home' fans here, of course. Despite an official allocation of 17,500 to each finally, judging by the replica shirts on display Bayern are outnumbering Chelsea nearly 2:1."
Bayern on the prowl as there's space in the middle, which they use to spray it out wide. Franck Ribery is crowded out, though, and Chelsea have time to get behind the ball.
Mario Gomez gets his first sniff of action! Franck Ribery aims a cross from deep on the Bayern left, angling in as the striker runs onto it and heads over. A half-chance.
Chelsea look to patiently build a move in midfield but Bayern are harrying them just enough that the ball is stumbled over and the hosts resume control.
Signs of Didier Drogba causing trouble for Jerome Boateng but Chelsea can't elbow an opening despite the centre-back falling over under the challenge of the Ivorian.
A promising start at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern Munich playing very much like the home team that they are. Franck Ribery has already swapped wings with Arjen Robben.
Philipp Lahm stands solidly to head clear a dink from Juan Mata in the penalty box and it starts a Bayern counter, but Arjen Robben, cutting in on his left foot, shanks a shot rather hilariously high.
Ryan Bertrand, on Champions League debut, is sought after by a long cross from Salomon Kalou on a mini-break forward, but it's not all that accurate and the youngster can't get near it.
Trivia from Goal.com bigwig Steven Saunders: "Important thing to note - in the interests of neutrality, the usual red and white nets at the Allianz Arena are all white tonight. Big."
Chelsea get into the Bayern half for the first time. It's a brief stay.
First shot and first corner! Thomas Muller's stretched tackle plays Schweinsteiger into a flicker of space but the midfielder's snapshot is deflected out. From the corner, the hosts eventually work it to Toni Kroos outside the box, who drills a low effort wide of the near post.
Franck Ribery makes his first sojourn down the Bayern left - and Salomon Kalou is back deep to cover Jose Bosingwa. The Portuguese does well enough on his own, though, shepherding Ribery out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Bastian Schweinsteiger
Arjen Robben drives the resulting 40-yard free kick agains the wall. A moment later when Bayern Munich come forward again, Bastian Schweinsteiger gets the game's first yellow with a deliberate handball. Well, I say. That's a silly way to start the final.
Ashley Cole gets things started with an overenthusiastic late challenge - if that had happened 15 minutes into a game he'd get a yellow card for it.
We're off! It's happening!
David Luiz's brilliant shaggy curls versus Jerome Boateng's weirdly compact mini-Mohican - I think I know who neutral hair enthusiasts will be supporting tonight.
Some strange goings-on on the pitch pre-kick-off. There's a violin wandering around and a fiercely-lunged singer warbling something or other as well as some sort of many-pieced mosaic of the trophy and a cartoon footballer... Get to the football already!
Former Bayern and Germany star Paul Breitner has been parading the extravagantly-be-handled trophy around the Allianz Arena pitch. But will a German be lifting it later this evening?
Wayne Veysey in Munich adds: "Flag-waving Chelsea fans have raised themselves for two renditions of their anthem, 'Blue is the Colour'. But thousands of seats in the Chelsea end remain empty, as the stragglers slowly filter in."
Allow me to spread mischief for a moment - re: RDM's future, guess which currently-unemployed manager has been on the pitch earlier tonight, hugging John Terry? Don Fabio Capello, that's who. HMMM.
Interesting bit of potential trivia symmetry here - Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has led a team to Champions League glory before, with Real Madrid in 1998, before being sacked just eight days later. Is the same going to happen to interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo despite the turnaround he's overseen?
We've got our chief correspondent, Wayne Veysey, in attendance at the Allianz Arena today and here's his impressions so far: "Bayern are winning the battle of the fans so far. Not only did they arrive first, but they are comfortably making more noise than the blue-and-white posse behind the other goal. There was a quite deafening noise as the Bayern fans charged through their distinctly 1980s Europop anthem Stern des Suden, or Star of the North as it is known in English. This song has become even more famous because it is sung by the hero of cult cartoon Spongebob Squarepants."
Bayern - playing in their home stadium, of course - have their own suspension problems, and centre-back is a bit of a worry. They've had to parachute Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, defensive midfielder by trade, into the centre of defence alongside Jerome Boateng thanks to Holger Badstuber's absence.
David Luiz and Gary Cahill make it back from injury just in time to play at centre-back in place of the suspended John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic. They'll need to show no rustiness against the man who perhaps best embodies the philosophy of being in the right place at the right time in world football, Mario Gomez.
The Germans will be just as dangerous on their left flank, of course, and it's Salomon Kalou who has to do his best Ramires impression and work tirelessly from the right of midfield to keep Franck Ribery in check. For my money, if the Frenchman is allowed too much space to attack Jose Bosingwa, that could be Bayern's most profitable tactic.
So it's a big gamble from Roberto Di Matteo as he summons 22-year-old Ryan Bertrand to make his first ever Champions League appearance in the final. No pressure, then, Ryan. The left-sided youngster looks like he's there to protect against Bayern right-back Philipp Lahm's attacking runs as well as provide some extra cover against Arjen Robben.
CHELSEA: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Kalou, Mata, Bertrand; Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Torres.
BAYERN MUNICH: Neuer; Contento, Boateng, Tymoschchuk, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Ribery, Muller, Robben, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Van Buyten, Rafinha, Usami, Pranjic, Petersen, Olic.
Team news coming right up, then, and there is one fairly big surprise in there...
Good evening, everyone, and welcome to Goal.com's play-by-play commentary of the biggest game in club football. Bayern Munich face Chelsea in the Champions League final. I'm George Ankers and it's my great pleasure to be talking you through this one.
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