Saturday 19 May 2012

Mikel Obi joins Kanu, Finidi as only Nigerians to win UEFA Champions League

Mikel (pointed with arrow) celebrates with teammates
There is new name on the UEFA Champions League trophy after Chelsea FC's victory against FC Bayern M√ľnchen made them the first maiden winners since Borussia Dortmund in 1997.
Chelsea are the tenth club to have won the trophy once and the 22nd overall in the pantheon of European Cup winners. In beating Bayern the Londoners became the first new winners of the trophy since the 1990s when, coincidentally, Munich provided the stage for the triumphs of Olympique de Marseille (1993) and Dortmund (1997) – albeit at the Olympiastadion, Bayern's former home.
They won the trophy after beating Bayern Munich 4-3 (penalties) after the extra time had ended 1-1.
Thomas Muller put the German team ahead in the 82minute but Didier Drogba’s towering header cancelled it out in the 88th minute.
Arjen Robben had a chance to win the game for his side but missed a penalty after Franck Ribery was fouled by Drogba inside the box.
The game headed into penalties, with Juan Mata missing for Chelsea but misses by Olic and Schweinsteiger ensured Chelsea won the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Drogba was the hero as he scored his team’s final spot kick.
Meanwhile, John Obi Mikel joined Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George as the only Nigerians to have lifted the coveted trophy.
Congrats to him, and other Africans in the team (Drogba, Essien, and Kalou). 

Chelsea players celebrate after Drogba scored the deciding spot kick

They lift the trophy

Lampard kisses it

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