05/19/2012 02:30 pm ET

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich In Champions League Final: LIVE SCORE, UPDATES, COMMENTARY

Chelsea faces Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at Allianz Arena, the home grounds for the Bundesliga powerhouse. Of course, the Blues will likely not be overwhelmed by the moment and the unfriendly environs after the shock result at Barcelona in the semifinal round.

2012 UEFA Champions League Final
Bayern Munich
Allianz Arena
Munich Germany
2:45 p.m. EST

While most soccer fans -- as well as the sport's bookmakers -- were expecting this final to feature a pair of teams from Spain, we're instead treated to a matchup between the two relentless, steel-willed clubs who ousted them. However, the victories over Barcelona and Real Madrid were costly for Chelsea and Bayern, respectively. Chelsea will be without Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles through suspension while the home side will take the field without Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo.

Munich is gunning for its fifth European crown while Chelsea is looking for its first, having lost in its first appearance on this stage to Manchester United at penalties in 2008.

Does Chelsea have another miracle left? Can they hold off the Bayern attack without key defenders? Or will Bayern give its hometown something to celebrate tonight?


05/19/2012 5:35 PM EDT

@ runofplay :

DROGBA DROGBA DROGBA DROGBA Abramovich pulls the rip cord on his jet pack and goes moon-high.

05/19/2012 5:34 PM EDT

@ ESPNStatsInfo :

Chelsea wins a shootout in UEFA competition for 1st time in 3 tries to win their 1st Champions League title on Bayern Munich's home field.

05/19/2012 5:32 PM EDT

Neuer Guessed Left

And Drogba shot to his right. That's an amazing performance by the Ivorian striker. He's saved them in regulation and capped the win at PKs. Epic and unforgettable evening for him in what may be his last performance with the club.

05/19/2012 5:30 PM EDT

Drogba DOES IT

Chelsea WINS!

05/19/2012 5:29 PM EDT

Drogba To Win It..

Here he comes..

05/19/2012 5:29 PM EDT

Off The Post

Schweinsteiger stutter steps up and then puts it off the post.

05/19/2012 5:28 PM EDT

Cole vs. Neuer

And he scores. We're tied at 3.

05/19/2012 5:27 PM EDT


Chelsea is alive.

05/19/2012 5:27 PM EDT

Still Alive

Lampard makes no mistake with this one. Hard and straight at Neuer's head. It's 3-2 with Olic stepping up.

05/19/2012 5:26 PM EDT


Wow, that is epic. His stride is off but his strike is true!