DIDIER DROGBA praised Pernille Harder’s lethal goal against Bayern Munich – a bullet header similar to his clinical finish against the club’s Bundesliga side in 2012.
Both players netted decisive efforts with less than ten minutes to go in high stakes Champions League clashes for the Blues.
Drogba praised Harder for scoring a goal similar to his when Chelsea’s Prem giants beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final[/caption]
Harder and Drogba helped Chelsea win high stakes games against Bayern in Europe with late headers[/caption]
Harder’s finish against the leaders of Germany’s top women’s football division catapulted Chelsea to their first Champions League final.
Harder’s glancing header brought triumphant memories flooding back for Drogba who was part of the team that achieved a remarkable men’s Champions League final win under Roberto Di Matteo
The ex-Wolfsburg star’s goal was a game-changer like Drogba’s effort against Bayern when Chelsea’s Prem side lifted the European trophy.
Bayern looked like sure winners at the Allianz Arena after Thomas Muller gave them the lead on 83 minutes only for Drogba to level with a powerful header two minutes from time.
The Ivory Coast forward nearly went from hero to villain when he gifted Bayern a penalty after bringing down Franck Ribery in extra time.
But his blushes were spared as Petr Cech saved Arjen Robben’s attempt before the Blues went on to win the game 4-3 in an epic penalty shoot-out.
Drogba went on to praise Cech for his masterful save and said he blacked out after their amazing feat.
He said: “I wanted to run directly to the boys but Petr was the guy that saved my night.
“I had to go to him, I said thank you and we said ‘we did it’. Then black out.”
And now the WSL leaders have the opportunity to win their first Champions League crown just as the men’s team did nine years ago.
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After losing the semi-final first leg 2-1 to Bayern, they came back with a vengeance in the return tie to win 4-1.
Fran Kirby put the Blues ahead on the day, before Bayern equalised but Ji So-yun gave them the lead again.
Harder’s Drogba-esque header put Chelsea in pole position for a place in the final against Barcelona before Fran Kirby strike put a win out of Bayern’s reach.
Chelsea, who are looking to win back-to-back WSL titles, will play Tottenham the penultimate league game this term.
Emma Hayes’ players are looking to win their first Champions League trophy just as Chelsea’s Prem side did in 2012[/caption]