Thomas Muller had put Bayern ahead in the 84th minute, with the German side apparently easing towards their fifth European cup, but Drogba’s thunderous header from a Juan Mata corner levelled with two minutes remaining.
The 34-year-old conceded a spot-kick in extra-time but Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s effort to ensure a dramatic final at the Allianz Arena went into a penalty shootout.
Mata missed Chelsea’s opening attempt but Cech denied Ivica Olić and Bastian Schweinsteiger to hand Drogba the chance to secure the Blues’ first Champions League title – and he duly obliged with what many expect will be his last kick for the club.
“I’m really happy and I don’t know if there are enough words to describe how I feel now,” said Drogba.
“Today I’m smiling; in Moscow it was very difficult, very painful for the players, club and fans; today we managed to change it.”
“Again, it was an amazing, crazy game – conceding a goal minutes from the end, equalising. We gave everything. I don’t know if we have enough energy to party tonight but we’re going to find it.
“I was confident but I still had in my head the African Nations Cup, when I could have won the game for my team so it was very difficult.
“Petr Cech is the best goalkeeper in the world and made some great saves – I wanted to do it for him and everyone else. I wanted to make everyone smile and I did.”
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