21st May, 2012
Bayern Munich did not know what had hit them after going down in the final of the Champions League at home to Chelsea.
The Bavarians succumbed on penalties at the end of a dramatic evening, just when it seemed they were going to become the first club to lift the trophy in their own stadium.
And Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said words just could not describe their disappointment.
“Defeats always hurt, but this is a moment in which we feel empty,” he said.
“We really don’t know how this could have happened in such a way.
“We just lacked that tiny bit of luck. I am a bit lost for words.”
Bayern arguably had the better of the match, but like Barcelona before them, they just could not break down a stern Chelsea rearguard.
They thought they had clinched the title when Bavaria-born Thomas Muller put them ahead with seven minutes to go, but Didier Drogba equalised to make it 1-1 and send the game into extra time.
And they felt victory was theirs when they were awarded a penalty in the extra period, only to see Petr Cech save Arjen Robben’s spot-kick.
With Chelsea missing their first kick of the shoot-out and Neuer himself stepping up to put them 3-1 ahead, the trophy looked to be remaining in Munich until Chelsea held their nerve while Bayern lost theirs.