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Robben fired low to Cech’s left, and the Czech ‘keeper blocked with his arm and body, then reached across to collect the loose ball.

Bayern came agonizingly close in the 108th, when substitute Olic slipped the ball across the goalmouth but teammate Daniel van Buyten failed to anticipate the simple tap-in.

But Chelsea would not be denied, as Drogba recalled the Moscow heartbreak, and four other semifinal defeats.

“Always so close and so far, and today the cup is going to Stamford Bridge, and this is the best ever,” Drogba said.