Leading 4-2 from the first leg Chelsea edged out Bayern Munich 6-5 on aggregate to set up a Champions League semi-final clash with Liverpool en route to the Reds’ finest moment in recent history.
Bayern 3 Chelsea 2 (5-6 agg)
The Blues were 4-2 up from the first leg at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Frank Lampard (2), Didier Drogba and an own goal from Lucio and advanced into the Champions League semi-finals despite losing to Bayern Munich in the return.
Manager Jose Mourinho watched the game from a hotel after he was handed a two-match touchline ban for his antics against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in February that year. The Portuguese boss initially took up a position high in the stands in Munich’s Olympic Stadium, but he had a change of heart before kick-off and shuffled back to the team hotel by taxi.
And he would have been jumping off the bed in his Travelodge (other hotels are available) when Lampard’s deflected shot put the Blues ahead on the night.
Bayern targetman Claudio Pizarro levelled midway through the second half, but Didier Drogba effectively sealed the visitors’ progress with 10 minutes remaining when Chelsea caught Bayern on the break. The hosts were piling forward, but Drogba killed off Bayern’s hopes of a revival with a stunning second for Chelsea 10 minutes from time.
Joe Cole retrieved a loose ball in the corner, and with no danger apparent, whipped in a cross which Drogba glanced past Oliver Kahn.
Late strikes from Bayern substitutes Paolo Guerrero and Mehmet Scholl gave the German side victory on the night, but Chelsea had done enough to seal a semi-final with Liverpool.
Bayern Munich: Kahn, Sagnol, Lucio, Kovac, Lizarazu (Salihamidzic 78), Schweinsteiger, Demichelis (Scholl 52), Ballack, Ze Roberto, Pizarro, Makaay (Guerrero 73).
Goals: Pizarro 65, Guerrero 90, Scholl 90+5
Chelsea: Cech, Ricardo Carvalho, Huth, Terry, Gallas, Cole (Nuno Morais 90), Makelele, Lampard, Duff (Tiago 71), Drogba, Gudjohnsen (Geremi 85).
Goals: Lampard 30, Drogba 80
What they said
Felix Magath bemoaned “another deflected goal from Chelsea”:
“Another deflected goal from Chelsea. Chelsea were not better than us, they were just more fortunate and clinical in front of goal. The match was very disappointing again, because although we had the opportunity to score in the first half, we lacked a bit of fortune from promising situations.
“The [first] equaliser gave us new hope, but Chelsea made it very hard for us in the last 30 minutes. This situation displayed Chelsea’s high quality, but I must also compliment my team as the players never gave up and fought until the end.
“Unfortunately, we broke through too late and in the end we were not the worse, rather the unluckier side. I don’t know who will win the Champions League; it could be Juventus, [AC] Milan or Chelsea. But we will definitely not win it!”
Michael Ballack of Bayern was annoyed because he thought his team were worthy of going through:
“It’s annoying. We were the best team and we deserved to go through. We had numerous chances and should have got something out of this game, but Chelsea are a very capable team.”
Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea were sloppy at the end:
“You can see the hunger and the desire. We got very close last year but lost in the semis to [AS] Monaco [FC] and we want to go one better.
“We don’t mind who we play in the semi-final, Liverpool or Juventus; we will just enjoy getting through, it’s all that matters. We did the hard work at 2-1 up, maybe we were sloppy at the end but we’re through.”