Bayern Munich 1 - 1 Chelsea

Match info: Champions League - Final at Allianz Arena

Date: 19/05/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: P Proenca Att: 69,901

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Bay Munich

Thomas Muller 83



Didier Drogba 88

FT (ht: 0-0)

Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties

  • Last Updated: May 20 2012, 9:58 BST

Didier Drogba hailed his side's never-say-die spirit after helping Chelsea win the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Didier Drogba scores Chelsea's winning penalty.
Didier Drogba scores Chelsea's winning penalty.

The Blues beat Bayern Munich 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out after the final at the Allianz Arena had finished 1-1 after extra-time.

Drogba struck the winning penalty having also headed home an 88th-minute equaliser to cancel out Thomas Muller's opener for Bayern five minutes previously.

Drogba said of his team-mates: "The never give up until the end. This team is amazing."

The Ivory Coast international added of the victory on ITV: "It was written, I think, a long time ago.

"I want to dedicate this cup to all the managers we've had before, all the players I've played with before."

Drogba also hailed the performance of goalkeeper Petr Cech, who saved a penalty from Arjen Robben in extra-time and then also played a key part as Bayern missed twice in the shoot-out.

"When we have this guy in goal you have to believe," Drogba said.

Drogba's future remains unclear as rumours have persisted that he will leave for a new chapter in his career in China.

"It was the last kick of the season," said the Ivorian, when asked whether it was his last kick for the club.

"You do not make decisions in emotional moments like this."

Frank Lampard scored one of Chelsea's four successful penalties and the 33-year-old, who joined from West Ham in 2001 and captained them on Saturday night in John Terry's absence, savoured the club's glory night.

He said: "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.

"He's a hero. Without him we're not here.

"He scores the goals in the big games."

Lampard said of Drogba, who is out of contract this summer: "I'd love him to stay. What he did tonight he's been doing all his career."

Of the club's triumph, Lampard said: "It means everything.

"We've been so many years trying to do this.

"This is the one we really wanted and we've got it."

Asked whether the win should lead to interim manager Roberto Di Matteo being given the job permanently, Lampard said: "It's not a question for this moment.

"He took us from a struggling team maybe going out of the Champions League and we won it, so look at that."