Chelsea fans recently celebrated the ninth year anniversary of the glorious night in Munich as the club lifted the Champions League trophy for the first time in history and one can help but remember the vital role played by club legend Petr Cech to ensure that the Blues laid their hands on the much-coveted trophy at the expense of Bayern Munich.
The Blues already knew they were in for trouble when fate sealed a Champions League final meeting with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich, their home stadium. In addition, the West London giants were also missing influential players like club skipper John Terry, dependable defender Branislav Ivanovic and Brazilian midfield powerhouse Ramires ahead of that final. In the end, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba emerged heroes for Chelsea during the final played on May 19, 2012.
Host team Bayern Munich dominated the game as the Blues managed by former player Roberto Di Matteo were forced to soak up the pressure from the Germans for the majority of the game. The pressure paid off for Bayern with seven minutes to go after German international Thomas Mueller gave his team the lead. Chelsea then showed character to bounce back five minutes later via the header from Drogba.
In extra time, Petr Cech made a crucial penalty save from extra time before getting the direction of all the five Bayern Munich penalties during the shootout.Cech was unable to save the first three penalties from Philip Lahm, Mario Gomez and Manuel Neuer. The Czech Republic football icon then went on to save the final two Bayern penalties taken by Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The double penalty saves prompted Drogba to score the winning penalty and send Chelsea into the history books as the first London club to win the Champions League. For Cech, hours and hours of research on penalties paid off for him as he sealed his legendary status at Stamford Bridge.