MUNICH — From hero to villain, to man of the match.
Didier Drogba went through the full range of emotions on a night when he delivered the first Champions League title to Chelsea, in perhaps his last match for the London club.
Drogba’s dramatic header in the 88th minute against Bayern Munich tied the final at 1-1 and sent it into extra time.
He then gave away a needless extra-time penalty that was saved by Petr Cech on a shot from Arjen Robben, before driving home the final spot-kick in the shootout that clinched the title on Saturday.
Drogba ran to the side and threw himself onto the ground, to be buried for minutes under a frenzied pile of his blue-shirted teammates.
He then took off his shirt and ran to the opposite side of Bayern’s Allianz Arena, prancing in front of the jubilant supporters.
And then, he held Cech in a long embrace, thanking the Chelsea goalkeeper for saving his – and Chelsea’s – night with his save of Robben’s penalty.
Chelsea earned the title it had been trying to win ever since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
“When we have this guy in goal you have to believe,” said Drogba.
“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. They (Chelsea players) never give up until the end. This team is amazing.”