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For good measure, he conceded the extra-time penalty which his former Chelsea teammate Arjen Robben then struck too close to Petr Cech, helping the outstanding Czech goalkeeper earn best supporting honors.

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

Cech, who was exceptional in Barcelona, saved Robben’s powerful 21st-minute shot, deflecting the ball on to his right post and handled perfectly when any Bayern effort breached the wall of defensive bodies in front of him that has been a trademark of Chelsea’s campaign.

“They played the way they can at the moment. They fought, they played well defensively. They deserved it,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.

When Bayern led 3-2 in the shootout, after Juan Mata’s opening kick was saved by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Cech dived to his left to palm away substitute Ivica Olic’s attempt.

After Ashley Cole, who also had an excellent match, leveled the shootout, Bayern’s star player, Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped up.

Schweinsteiger had scored the winning goal in the semifinals shootout against Real Madrid — extending the club’s run of never losing on penalties in European competition — but pushed his shot on to the left post, then covered his face with his shirt.

Drogba stepped up, placed his kick in the bottom right corner as Neuer dived left, and wheeled away to hug Cech and await the adulation of their onrushing teammates.

He succeeded where his captain John Terry, who was suspended for Saturday’s finale, failed in missing the fifth penalty in a shootout four years ago that allowed Manchester United to win an all-English final.

That defeat in Moscow fuelled the legend of Abramovich’s craving to win, and his players’ desire for redemption in probably their last shot at the trophy.

Chelsea’s quest looked hopeless for much of the game, and certainly after Thomas Mueller broke dogged resistance with a header past Cech in the 83rd minute.

Mueller’s goal sparked delirious celebrations among the Bayern players and fans who believed they were destined to win their home final.

They underestimated Chelsea’s admirable resolve, and five minutes later Drogba soared to score with a header from Mata’s corner.

Yet Drogba’s taste for the dramatic flared up in the third minute of extra time, as he clipped Franck Ribery’s heels in the penalty area, ending the Frenchman’s night through injury.

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

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