Day of Destiny

Day of Destiny

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  • 15:00
    Welcome to this most Irish of occasions - a drinks-sponsored sporting event in London.  Exciting isn’t it? By the end of the game today, we could well be lauding Leinster as one of the greatest club sides ever - only Leicester have previously managed back-to-back wins – as they chase down their third win in four years.

    Or we could be heralding the ascent of Ulster, whose gradually-rising graph of recent years has leapt off the page this season.
     
    So what can we expect? Well, a high-scoring shoot-out would definitely suit Leinster so we can expect Ulster to do everything in their power to keep things tight. They’ll hope to dominate the breakdown, aim to dominate the scrum and expect to dominate the lineout. John Afoa is back after missing the semi-final because he was off starring in The Avengers, his return and that of Chris Henry should help plug the gaps that Edinburgh found – without capitalising on - in the semi-final.

    By cutting off possession at its source Ulster will hope to restrict the opportunities for the likes of established gamebreakers like Rob Kearney, Isa Nacewa or Johnny Sexton. Still, the days of trying to bully Leinster off the field have gone, it’s a long time since they’ve been referred to as Ladyboys and they now have steel to go with their silk. The early exchanges will be tasty.

    The Heineken Cup final kicks off in Twickenham at 5pm and you can follow all the action here.

    And – because that chain around my ankle is holding fast – after the rugby we’ll be switching our attention to Munich for the Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

    Patrick Nugent here by the way, I'll be your host and spiritual guide. Strap yourself in, this should be a fun day.
  • 15:26
    Disclaimer: The Irish Times is in no way liable or responsible for you having fun.
  • 15:27
    Here’s how the teams will line out today.

    Leinster: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Brian O'Driscoll, 12. Gordon D'Arcy, 11. Isa Nacewa, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Eoin Reddan, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Richardt Strauss, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Leo Cullen (capt), 5. Brad Thorn, 6. Kevin McLaughlin, 7. Sean O'Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Heinke Van der Merwe, 18. Nathan White, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Shane Jennings, 21. Isaac Boss, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Dave Kearney.

    Ulster: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Andrew Trimble, 13. Darren Cave, 12. Paddy Wallace, 11. Craig Gilroy, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 1. Tom Court, 2. Rory Best, 3. John Afoa, 4. Johann Muller (capt), 5. Dan Tuohy, 6. Stephen Ferris, 7. Chris Henry, 8. Pedrie Wannenburg. Replacements: 16. Nigel Brady, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Declan Fitzpatrick, 19. Lewis Stevenson, 20. Willie Faloon, 21. Paul Marshall, 22. Ian Humphreys, 23. Adam D'Arcy.
  • 15:32
    Things aren’t going well for Pat Fenlon’s Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final. There’s almost half an hour played and Hearts are leading 2-0 thanks to goals from Darren Barr and Rudi Skacel.
  • 15:45
    West Ham have taken the lead in the Championship play-off final against Blackpool, the self-proclaimed “most financially lucrative match in football”. Ugh. Blackpool had gone close twice but found themselves hit on the break when a brilliant pass from Matty Taylor found Carlton Cole, who took the ball down nicely and fired into the corner. West Ham 1 Blackpool 0.
  • 15:46
    Hibs pull one back in the Scottish Cup final though James McPake. Hearts 2 Hibernian 1.
  • 15:49
    While we’re waiting for the real action to start, let’s have a look back at last year’s epic final.
  • 15:49
  • 15:56
    Gerry Thornley sets the scene for today’s All-Ireland rugby final here.
  • 16:02
    Matt Williams explains why Ulster need to turn this match into a dockyard brawl here.
  • 16:07
    Two minutes into the second half at Wembley and Blackpool have equalised with a goal weirdly similar to Carlton Cole’s opener. Thomas Ince – son of Paul – scored it. That’ll teach the West Ham fans not to boo his Dad. West Ham 1 Blackpool 1.
  • 16:09
    Some more scene setting. Gerry Thornley talks to Leinster’s Isa Nacewa here, and Ulster’s John Afoa here.
  • 16:15
    Hearts have scored twice in three minutes a Daniel Grainger penalty and Ryan McGowan. Hearts 4 Hibs 1.
  • 16:24
  • 16:24
    Here's Rocky Elsom, back in the day.
  • 16:25
  • 16:25
    Here's John Afoa, forgetting what position he plays.
  • 16:25
  • 16:26
    And here’s a child being woken by his parents playing Nirvana’s Breed. Nothing to do with rugby, just funny.
  • 16:42
    The guys on Sky News keep referring to the All-Ireland rugby final. You’d swear the teams were going to be introduced to Michael D on a red carpet before parading behind the Artane Boys Band.
  • 16:43
    The Polecat 27-15 Ulster win!
  • 16:45
    Hmmm, take that one to the Bookies Polecat, you'll get mighty odds.
  • 16:54
    Hearts hammer Hibs 5-1 in the Scottish Cup final, while West Ham secure promotion to the English Premier League, Ricardo Vaz Te scoring a late winner in a 2-1 win over Blackpool.
  • 16:57
    The tannoy at Twickenham is playing Rihanna’s `We found love in a hopeless place’. What are they implying?
  • 17:01
    John Cooney replaces Isaac Boss on the bench for Leinster.


    Leinster: 15. Rob Kearney, 14. Fergus McFadden, 13. Brian O'Driscoll, 12. Gordon D'Arcy, 11. Isa Nacewa, 10. Jonathan Sexton, 9. Eoin Reddan, 1. Cian Healy, 2. Richardt Strauss, 3. Mike Ross, 4. Leo Cullen (capt), 5. Brad Thorn, 6. Kevin McLaughlin, 7. Sean O'Brien, 8. Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: 16. Sean Cronin, 17. Heinke Van der Merwe, 18. Nathan White, 19. Devin Toner, 20. Shane Jennings, 21. John Cooney, 22. Ian Madigan, 23. Dave Kearney.

    Ulster: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Andrew Trimble, 13. Darren Cave, 12. Paddy Wallace, 11. Craig Gilroy, 10. Paddy Jackson, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 1. Tom Court, 2. Rory Best, 3. John Afoa, 4. Johann Muller (capt), 5. Dan Tuohy, 6. Stephen Ferris, 7. Chris Henry, 8. Pedrie Wannenburg. Replacements: 16. Nigel Brady, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Declan Fitzpatrick, 19. Lewis Stevenson, 20. Willie Faloon, 21. Paul Marshall, 22. Ian Humphreys, 23. Adam D'Arcy.
  • 17:01
    And we're off!
  • 17:04
    3 mins: Rob Kearney claims the first high ball impressively, but it’s turned over and Ulster have the put in on the first scrum. They subsequently win a penalty and Pienaar kicks for yardage.
  • 17:05
    4 mins: Darren Cave makes a terrific line break but Cullen stops him, possibly illegally.
  • 17:06
    Alan B Here in a town called Shigaze in Tibet trying to find a stream of the match but with this dodgy internet connection the Live Blog is the next best thing...C'mon Leinster!
  • 17:08
    6 mins: Ulster get through 10 phases but Leinster are keeping them outside the 22 before eventually giving up a penalty. Kickable for Pienaar.
  • 17:09

    7 mins: Ruan Pienaar puts the first points on the board. Ulster 3 Leinster 0.

  • 17:12
    10 mins: Leinster make their first incursion in foreign territory. Slick passing gains some yardage before Ulster put up the roadblock and turn it over. Terblanche kicks it out on the full and Leinster seem to have gotten away with it, but they in turn make a mistake, losing out on the lineout.
  • 17:13
    Sarah C Following from Palestine. Thanks, guys!
  • 17:13
    Palestine and Tibet - welcome.
  • 17:15

    12 mins: Rob Kearney drives towards the line and shows impressive strength before being held up. Sean O’Brien takes up the charge and drives for the line. He may well have gotten the ball down. The video ref is mulling things over.

  • 17:17
    13 mins: Very hard to tell if Tom Court succeeded in stopping O’Brien getting the ball down. Referee Nigel Owens is told there is no reason to not award it. Try for Leinster. Sexton adds the points. Leinster 7 Ulster 3.
  • 17:17
    Guest Reading this from Perth-come on Leinster!
  • 17:17
    David G'wan Sexton boy!
  • 17:18
    Kalatechnology Not quite live
  • 17:18
    Adrian h Listening in Manali,come on the blues
  • 17:19
    Rob Kearney's feet and strength created that try. He really aims for gaps that no one else can see.
  • 17:20
    16 mins: Penalty for Leinster, but Sexton uncharacteristically makes a mess of it. Leinster are started to find their flow here though.
  • 17:21
    Claire j. Listening in kuala lupur...come on Leinster!
  • 17:22
    18 mins: Some kicking tennis between Kearney and Craig Gilroy eventually ends with Sexton trying to get O’Brien away on a rumble in midfield. The ball is knocked on though and nothing comes of it.
  • 17:23
    Claire j. Come on Leinster!
  • 17:23
    Sean Where are you getting the audio? Worcester listener
  • 17:25
    walter OK i know there is no munster here, so come on ulster! keep down the jackeens!
  • 17:26

    20 mins: Ulster move the ball across the width of the entire pitch with what looking like every player on the team getting a touch. The moves ends with Terblanche going for the corner. His foot goes out even if the ball doesn’t, Leinster lineout on their own line.

  • 17:28

    23 mins: Leinster go long and launch a counterattack. Reddan ends up heading for the corner, he’s about to be pushed out over the touchline but somehow keeps the ball alive for Kearney. O’Driscoll then switches it to Nacewa on the far touchline, but he’s pushed out by some desperate defending. This is alive now. Amazing pace to the game.

  • 17:29
    bomber envious munster fan listening from north carolina...great day for irish rugby..
  • 17:29
    Deirdre Listening online to RTE.ie radio broadcast... Or also available on Heineken Cup app
  • 17:33
    26 mins: Ulster are standing firm here. They’re not overawed by the occasion, that’s for sure.
  • 17:33
    Adrian h We need Jasper O'Connor in the center for the blues.!
  • 17:34
    Rob mc In Caracas. Come on Leinster.
  • 17:36

    30 mins: O’Driscoll and O’Brien launch an attack down the right, but ends up with Kearney – playing scrum-half – passing to Reddan who plays hot potato and knocks it on. Scrum Ulster in midfield.

  • 17:38
    32 mins: A brilliant break by O’Driscoll down the centre, he beautifully offloads to O’Brien who dances like a ballerina/tank towards the posts. He’s eventually stopped about 10 yards from the line and the ball is popped out to Cian Healy, who dives between two tackles and rolls over the line to score. The five lads outside him would have been very annoyed if he didn’t convert there! Sexton adds the points. Leinster 14 Ulster 3.
  • 17:41

    34 mins: Not the scoreline that Ulster would have wanted at this stage. The Sky analysts are pointing out that Ulster aren’t really built for chasing a lead.

  • 17:44
    36 mins: Ulster get some territory and batter at Leinster going through 17 phases before Paddy Jackson decides to have a drop at goal from about 15 metres out. He makes an awful mess of it, the ball is wide and the momentum is lost.
  • 17:44
    Deirdre Another envious Munster fan, listening in Saudi Arabia. Great day for Irish rugby - but we should be there!!!
  • 17:44
    Jake Listening live in Baghdad on RTE Come ON ULSTER !!
  • 17:46
    timmy listenin live in ranelagh. leinster's on fire!!!!!!1!
  • 17:46
    Sean O'Brien rumbles over for the opening try of the game. Photograph: Inpho
    Sean O'Brien rumbles over for the opening try of the game. Photograph: Inpho
  • 17:47
    38 mins: Leinster have a lineout in midfield, and move the ball from there at bewildering speed to the 22 on the far side of the pitch. It ends with a knock-on but it was still the kind of move that would make you squirm if you’re an Ulster fan.
  • 17:49
    Tallk about all corners of the globe. Baghdad, Caracas, Tibet, Perth, Palestine and ... Ranelagh.
  • 17:49
    Garret On a plane out of Denver. Come on Leinster
  • 17:50
    40 mins: Ulster force a penalty in their own half, and while most sane people wouldn’t have thought of having a go at the posts. Pienaar lines it up and drives it just inside the post. Brilliant kick right on the stroke of half-time. Leinster 14 Ulster 6.
  • 17:52
    Eamo Phoenix Arizona supporting the blues!
  • 17:55
    Ulster are playing with all the bravery we’ve come to expect from them during this campaign, but Leinster seem to have that bit more class and scoring threat. There doesn’t seem to be a point on the field they’re not dangerous from. Must be mentally exhausting to play against. And that’s before you even factor in the fact that Sean O’Brien might run over your face at some point.
  • 17:57
    David frustrated and thrilled at the same time - with my slow stream. but listening to rte.ie , in phuket, thailand
  • 17:59
    Duncan allez les bleus allez les bleu allez.......
  • 18:04
    Seems surprising that Ulster have adopted quite an expansive game plan today, the general expectation was that they would try to keep things tight and tough. Well, they’ll start the second half eight points down so I guess they have no option but to keep playing like that. Hard not to imagine Leinster picking them off and exposing whatever gaps they leave. Tough half-time talk for Brian McLaughlin.
  • 18:04
    Susan A Munster fan, holidaying in Custer,South Dakota,USA
  • 18:04
    Rob Watchin this live in São Paulo- come on Leinster! O'Driscoll looks in great shape, did he really have surgery? Wow. Ulster too have shown some very good stuff, here's to a great second half!
  • 18:05
    Yeah Rob, kinda mindblowing that O'Driscoll has surgery just last week. He must be made of titanium or adamantium or something.
  • 18:06
    Second half begins.
  • 18:06
  • 18:10
    44 mins: Another elementary error from Paddy Jackson, kicking out on the full and conceding the lineout on their own 22.
  • 18:12
    45 mins: Leinster’s pack gets a maul going, it’s pulled down by a combination of Court and Trimble and the penalty try is awarded. Sexton adds the points. Leinster 21 Ulster 6
  • 18:12
    46 mins: Ian Humphreys replaces Paddy Jackson after his error led to the try. Tough on the young outhalf, but the right change to make.
  • 18:14
    47 mins: Wannenburg manages to haul down Kearney after he makes a terrific break, Sexton takes it up and Ulster scramble to stop them. Leinster looking in the mood here. That gap could grow.
  • 18:16
    49 mins: Sean O’Brien is done for a high tackle on Trimble, but the call seems harsh. Penalty to Ulster. Pienaar steps up and reduces the gap. Leinster 21 Ulster 9.
  • 18:19
    51 mins: Chris Henry gets caught offside out on his own 22 out on the touchline. Reddan wants to go for the corner, Cullen pulls ranks and hands the ball to Sexton aiming to cancel out Pienaar’s penalty. He succeeds. Leinster 24 Ulster 9.
  • 18:20
    Jonny Sexton is first on the scene as Cian Healy makes it over for Leinster's second try.
    Jonny Sexton is first on the scene as Cian Healy makes it over for Leinster's second try.
  • 18:21
    52 mins: Terblanche makes a break down the centre, O’Driscoll makes the tackle and Leinster turn it over at the breakdown. Kearney is forced to kick clear off his weaker right foot and Ulster stay in Leinster territory.
  • 18:25
    56 mins: Ulster aren’t giving up. They go through 10 phases and almost get Afoa going towards the corner but he’s held up. Court knocks on but only after Leinster had conceded the penalty. They take the scrum.
  • 18:25
    Glenn Great day for Irish Rugby pity there has to be a loser go Leinster - sleepless in Margaret River, West Oz
  • 18:26
    Leinster's Sean O'Brien skips past Ruan Pienaar to make the line break that led to Leinster's second try at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.
    Leinster's Sean O'Brien skips past Ruan Pienaar to make the line break that led to Leinster's second try at Twickenham. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.
  • 18:27
    58 mins: A pre-planned move involving a flick from Wannenburg doesn’t work and the move comes to nothing. They needed something there.
  • 18:29
    58 mins: Ulster are camped just off the Leinster line but can’t get over. Darren Cave has a go, Ferris has a go, Tuohy has a go, Cave again but they’re actually being driven back. Amazing defence from Leinster.
  • 18:31
    60 mins: Finally! Wallace steps through a tackle and finds Dan Tuohy on the outside, and the second row crosses to score. They deserved that. Pienaar misses the tricky conversion though. Leinster 24 Ulster 14.
  • 18:33
    63 mins: Ulster have taken over from a territory point of view, but still trail by 10 on the scoreboard.
  • 18:36
    65 mins: Leinster finally move down the field and get inside Ulster’s 22. The crowd are trying to drive them on here. They know – and so do both of the teams – that a score here could tilt the game totally towards Leinster. Ulster hold firm though, Brad Thorn diving on a loose ball to relieve the pressure.
  • 18:39
    67 mins: Leinster forced a penalty from Rory Best, who doesn’t look thrilled to have a finger being wagged in his face. Leinster take off O’Driscoll who’s gotten a knock – so he IS human. Sexton kicks the straightforward penalty. Leinster 27 Ulster 14.
  • 18:40
    69 mins: Ulstger need two tries at least in just 11 minutes to get back into this. Hard to see it happening.
  • 18:41
    70 mins: Humphreys is hurt and has to be replaced. Pienaar moves to 10.
  • 18:44
    71 mins: Leinster’s strength in depth is showing here. Heinke Van der Merwe, Sean Cronin and Shane Jennings are all off the bench and helping swing the momentum back up the pitch as Ulster are starting to visibly tire.
  • 18:47
    73 mins: Brian O’Driscoll is coming back on. Wow. See, adamantium. Just to add to Ulster’s woes, Terblanche is yellow carded for a dangerous tackle on Cronin. That looked frustration. Sexton lines up the penalty.
  • 18:48
    74 mins: Sexton kicks the penalty and it’s sexy-fun time for Leinster. That’s surely the insurance score. Leinster 30 Ulster 14.
  • 18:49
    seamus Ward Brilliant Rugby .. looks like Irish teams have the crop of the best players in the Northern hemisphere .. go on complete a great sporting game .two really entertaining teams.......yes ..pity there has to be a loser.. but Rugby is the winner ..
  • 18:53
    77 mins: Leinster add a grace note. Great hands from Cronin send Van der Merwe into the corner. That’s now the highest score ever in a Heineken Cup final. McFadden misses the kick, as Sexton has left the pitch, but I don’t think anyone cares. Leinster 35 Ulster 14.
  • 18:53
    Jake Well deserved Leinster! Disappointed Ulster Fan!
  • 18:54
    Mick 4 out of the 5 players shortlisted for the Player of the Year are on these two teams.
  • 18:55
    79 mins: Drico makes a break down the left and almost finds D’Arcy, but he fumbles. Any more at this point would just be further icing on a huge big rugby cake.
  • 18:57
    80 mins: Unbelieveable. Another sweeping move across the width of the pitch ends with Cronin going in at the corner with the last pass coming from man of the match Sean O’Brien. Leinster 40 Ulster 14.
  • 18:58
    Full time: The points are added. Leinster 42 Ulster 14.
  • 19:01
    The best club team in Europe? Definitely. The best club side Europe has ever seen? Three titles in four years – not forgetting the style with which those wins were achieved – would certainly seem to suggest so. You’d have to feel sorry for Ulster but Leinster were just brilliant.
  • 19:01
    Ken Real classy of Leinster to run up the score like that in the dying minutes against another Irish team!
  • 19:04
    Harsh Ken. I think that taking the foot off the pedal would have been more insulting. Or are you saying you just like Irish teams to pile on the points against French/English/Scottish/etc teams?
  • 19:08
    Ulster are getting their runners-up medals. The Leinster players are standing around chatting like they’re down the local, watching a rugby match.
  • 19:08
    Noreen I agree it wouldn't have been respectful to Ulster not to give it their all. Plus to be a good team taking the foot off the pedal would cost them dearly at another time maybe.
  • 19:11
    Leo Cullen and Shane Jennings lift the trophy together. Leinster’s third title in four years, the fifth title for an Irish team in seven seasons. The final is in the Aviva next season, I wonder what odds you’d get on it being another all-Ireland final?
  • 19:12
    The Sky lads reckons the champagne will be flowing in Dublin tonight. Are they not contractually obliged to say that everyone will be drinking Heineken?
  • 19:16
    The stadium DJ was playing Rihanna earlier, now he/she is playing ‘Rocking all over the world’ by Status Quo. Cian Healy is walking around showing off the trophy to the fans, and he looks very happy … but there must be a part of him wishing that the soundtrack to that beautiful moment wasn’t Status bloody Quo.
  • 19:27

    Sky are soundtracking scenes of Leinster winning with Florence and her non-existent machine. That’s much better.

  • 19:30
    Right, time to draw a line under rugby for the day, and switch our attention from one jug-eared trophy to another even more jug-eared trophy.
  • 19:37
    So here we are, strike up the orchestra and light the fireworks, it’s the final of the greatest soccer club competition in the world! In the red corner, the German giants, the doyens of Deutschland, it’s Bayern Munich, looking to become the first team to win the Champions League in their own stadium. In the blue corner, London’s finest, Britain’s bravest, it’s Chelsea, daring to dream that the title that has remained out of reach throughout their history can finally be won.
     
    Or it’s just England’s sixth-best team against Germany’s second-best, minus a decent scattering of first-choice players from both teams due to suspensions. Take your pick.
  • 19:37
    TroyandAbedintheMuunich Here's to Graeme Souness thumping someone on Sky at some stage this evening. Looks even more aggro than usual and has already freaked Ruud out with what should have been a friendly question
  • 19:39
    TroyandAbedintheMuunich is a flat-out brilliant handle by the way. Well played sir.
  • 19:42
    Here are the teams for this evening

    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Tymoschuk, Contento, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Robben, Mueller, Ribery, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Van Buyten, Petersen, Olic, Rafinha, Usami, Pranjic.
    Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Kalou, Mikel, Lampard, Bertrand, Mata, Drogba. Subs: Turnbull, Essien, Romeu, Torres, Malouda, Ferreira, Sturridge.
    Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal).

    I’m Patrick Nugent, and I’ll be typing furiously whilst simultaneously trying to read your comments. Unless the game is really dull, in which case this should be easier than that.
  • 19:43
    RTE’s advertising campaign for this final made a big play out of the fact that Chelsea can only qualify for the Champions League next season by winning this match – an odd perspective to take, no? Since when did money and whatever-might-happen-next-season get more important than winning that big shiny thing with the handles? Why not just jump through all the logical hoops and just go with the slogan “if Chelsea win Gareth Bale is off to Barcelona.”
  • 19:43
    Bayern Munich have had an odd season. When they’ve been good they’ve been very, very good, but when they’ve been bad they’ve been horrid. Their Champions League campaign has been assured, giving a lie to their starting price of 14/1 at the start of the season, and dumping out Real Madrid in the semi-final was particularly impressive.

    Borussia Dortmund have taken all the glory in Germany this season though, acting as some sort of yellow kryptonite to Bayern, finishing eight points ahead of them in the league, and beating them the last five times they’ve met, including a particularly humbling 5-2 thumping in the German Cup final.

    Mind you, Bayern looked like a particularly dim-witted under-12 team in that final. It seems fair to say that from the moment the venue for tonight’s final was decided, Bayern have been focussed on just one game, and that’s tonight’s one.

    Chelsea have had a weird season too. Andre Villas-Boas came in at the start of the season, all young and suave, and it looked like the good times were going to roll, but then results took a dip and AVB started telling all the Chelsea lads they were really, really old. Or something. In an effort to prove him wrong, they threw their toys out of the pram and cried until the manager got the sack.

    Roberto Di Matteo came in, put the toys back in the pram, made some cooing noises and here they are in the Champions League final. If they win, he’s a genius, needing only a matter of months to achieve what eluded Jose Mourinho for years. If they lose, he’s Avram Grant Mark II.
  • 19:45
    And we're off!
  • 19:47
    1 min: Ashley Cole clatters Kroos in the very first minute. Arjen Robben will swing it in from 35 metres … but he makes a mess of it and it’s easily cleared.
  • 19:48
    2 mins: Bastian Schweinsteiger deliberately handles the ball and picks up a really stupid booking, considering there was no immediate danger at the time.
  • 19:51
    4 mins: Schweinsteiger – or the one who climbs onto pigs – lines up a shot but it’s deflected behind for a corner. From that the ball comes out to Kroos, who fires wide.
  • 19:52
    TroyandAbedintheMuunich Sky's fairly excruciating pre-match wheeze was demonstrating Chelsea's great 'spirit' by getting them to draw names of other staff from a hat and say the best and worst things about them. Frankie Lamps drew Di Matteo and said the best thing about him was that 'he picked me, not like the other bloke'. Ah HAHaHaHA! Poor AVB is presumably crying into his pillow of money as we type
  • 19:55
    7 mins: Chelsea launch a first attack worthy of the name, but Mata’s cross fails to reach Drogba. Robben breaks and does that thing where he cuts in from the right onto his left foot – sadly for him the effort is high and wide.
  • 19:56
    10 mins: Chelsea sitting pretty deep here, looks like their going to continue with the type of approach that worked so well against Barcelona. Bayern have plenty of the ball, but will have to pick the lock to score.
  • 19:58
    12 mins: Ribery crosses from the left, Gomez gets in front of Luiz but the header goes high and over.
  • 20:00
    14 mins: George Hamilton loves saying foreign names. He sounds positively bored talking about Cole or Lampard but give him a Schweinsteiger or a Tymoschuk and listen to him wrap his tonsils around it. Poetry in motion.
  • 20:02
    15 mins: Chelsea move forward and again Bayern sweep down the field to stretch them. Ribery’s cross is blocked but Bayern do look most dangerous on the rare occasions Chelsea move forward.
  • 20:03
    17 mins: the cameras just caught a girl picking her nose and looking at it. Morto.
  • 20:05

    18 mins: a quickly-taken throw leads to panic in the Chelsea defence, or maybe not enough panic as Frank Lampard mops up a dodgy situation by passing a ball to Bosingwa that he clearly didn’t want. He does a comical slice and the ball goes out for a corner, that eventually comes to nothing.

  • 20:07
    21 mins: Robben cuts through after switching sides to the left wing. He gets though and fires a low shot that Cech manages to get in the way of. The ball takes one of those ricochets where you think it could go anywhere, including the net. Instead it spins up and out for a corner.
  • 20:08
    23 mins: Bayern earn their sixth corner. Chelsea are struggling to get out of their own half at this point.
  • 20:10
    24 mins: a new camera angle shows that Robben's shot that Cech got in the way of actually deflected onto the post and out.
  • 20:13
    26 mins: Didier Drogba takes some pressure off Chelsea by winning a free with one of his patented, erm, theatrical falls. Didn’t see much of that in Twickenham today. Drogba’s punishment should be to have to take a tackle from Sean O’Brien. Or even to have to tackle Sean O’Brien. That’d learn him.
  • 20:14
    29 mins: Free kick for Bayern to the right of the goal, about 25 metres out. Robben has a go but hits it straight into the wall.
  • 20:15
    30 mins: Bosingwa just took ages over a throw in his own half. Are they playing for penalties already?
  • 20:18
    32 mins: Bayern attack, Gomez tries to find Muller but Cahill throws himself in the way, the rebound comes to Robben but his shot goes into the turf and is easy for Cech.
  • 20:21
    34 mins: Chelsea earn a free-kick in a similar position to Robben’s one, but at the other end of the pitch, obviously. Juan Mata steps up and chips it over the bar in a manner that Colm Cooper would have been impressed by. Bayern come down the field, Ribery cuts in from the left to shoot but drags it badly wide.
  • 20:22
    36 mins: Good chance for Muller as a cross from the left find him. It arrives at an awkward height though and he fails to hit the target.
  • 20:23
    37 mins: Chelsea have their first decent effort on goal. Schweinsteiger loses possession and the ball is worked to Kalou on the edge of the box, he makes good contact but aims for the near post. Neuer, perhaps expecting the shot to go across him, needs two efforts to gather it.
  • 20:25
    39 mins: this is getting lively. Gomez tries an overhead kick, it rebounds to Robben, he flicks it out to Ribery who tries to shoot but makes a mess of it and it almost becomes a perfect cross for Gomez. His touch is poor though and Chelsea hack it away for another Bayern corner.
  • 20:29
    42 mins: another chance for Gomez. Robben attacks down the left and attempts to play a one-two with Kroos. The move doesn’t come off but the ball ends up running through for Gomez, who finds space on his left foot near the penalty spot but somehow manages to lean back and sky his shot into row z. That's 0-1 each now.
  • 20:31
    44 mins: Bayern are well on top but you’d have to imagine the longer this goes on, the more nervous the crowd and in turn the ‘home’ team will get.
  • 20:32
    45 mins: Schweinsteiger really is a terrific player. He just runs the show, orchestrating everything and deciding where the next attack should come from. If he was born in this country we’d burn him for being a witch.
  • 20:33
    Half-time: Bayern well on top, but with nothing to show for it yet. Chelsea 0 Bayern 0.
  • 20:41
    The lads in the RTE studio think that Chelsea are more likely to score than they were against Barcelona. And given that they scored twice in Spain that’s good news for Chelsea fans. Mind you, they have to get the ball before they can attack.
  • 20:42
    Rowan I can only assume Torres scores the winner at the death and moves to Man City for £80 million in the summer -
  • 20:43
  • 20:44
    All these goal of the season contests are well and good – how about foul of the season?
  • 20:47
    Second half begins.
  • 20:50
    46 mins: The cameras just picked out Roman Abramovich in the crowd. He’s after letting his beard grow so he looks less like a Russian oligarch version of Damon Albarn than he used to. Back on the pitch and David Luiz makes an impressive interception from a cross.
  • 20:51
    48 mins: Robben threatens down the right again but delays his cross and the chance is lost.
  • 20:52
    50 mins: Cole throws a long one up to Drogba, he takes it on his chest and turns to hit an immediate shot. It goes well wide.
  • 20:55
    52 mins: Mikel plays a ball into where he thought Cole should be, but wasn’t. Lahm jumps in and takes the ball to the edge of the penalty area before trying to find Gomez. Cole comes across to make the tackle but it’s no penalty.
  • 20:57
    54 mins: a shot from the edge of the area by Robben is blocked by Cole, Cech has already dived and the ball spills for Ribery to stroke it into an empty net. It looks offside and the flag goes up straightaway, but replays show that it was really tight. Letter of the law i.e. advantage to the attacker, would make you think that should have stood.
  • 20:58
    57 mins: Kroos fires wide from the left of the penalty area. That was ambitious. Bayern seem to be starting to get a little frustrated.
  • 21:01
    58 mins: Gary Cahill finds himself in an attacking position for the second time in the game, but the free goes against him after he manages to nudge the ball out to Kalou. Odd that Chelsea’s midfielders aren’t getting forward but their centre-half is.
  • 21:01
    60 mins: Robben almost works the space for a shot on the edge of the box but Cole throws himself in front of it. Great defending.
  • 21:03
    62 mins: Corner number 11 for Bayern. Robben overhits it and it comes to nought.
  • 21:05
    63 mins: Lovely break down the right from Schweinsteiger after an exchange of passes with Gomez. Unusually for him, the final ball lets him down.
  • 21:06
    64 mins: Ribery comes in from the left again, and again snatches at his shot. It goes harmlessly wide.
  • 21:07
    66 mins: if Chelsea are playing for penalties – at the very least they have set up defensively – do they not realise they are playing a German team? Since when does any English team take on the Germans and think, “Yeah, we’ll definitely take them on penalties”?
  • 21:08
    67 mins: Cech flaps at a corner and in the ensuing scramble to clear it, Lahm goes down. It’s never a penalty though, and even Lahm knows it.
  • 21:11
    70 mins: 14-0 now for Bayern on the corner count. They've not made a chance off any of them though.
  • 21:12
    71 mins: Kroos shoots from 20 yards again, yet again block by Ashley Cole who must be covered in bruises at this stage.
  • 21:14
    72 mins: Chelsea finally attack with some nice interplay from Mata and Kalou, the cross is cleared though and there’s some space for Bayern to move into. Robben ends up shooting, but it’s underwhelming and Cech doesn’t so much stop it as pick it up.
  • 21:16
    74 mins: Chelsea win a first corner of the game. Emboldened they make an attacking substitution and replace Bertrand with Malouda. A cross into the area is dealt with badly by Neuer and when it breaks Drogba tries to swivel and shoot in the one go, he doesn’t get a hold of it and Neuer gathers.
  • 21:18
    76 mins: Ribery leaves Lampard for dead in the box but his attempted cross is blocked by, yes, Ashley Cole. He’s probably the man of the match at this stage.
  • 21:21
    78 mins: Robben sends Ribery down the left, he gets his feet in a muddle but the ball finds its way through to Muller who – and this is the umpteenth time this has happened tonight – scuffs his shot and drags it wide. It’s like they’re all playing in wellies.
  • 21:22
    80 mins: Ray Houghton is predicting that it’s going to be “one of those nights” for Munich and Chelsea will get one chance and win this. I hope he’s wrong. Not because I don’t want Chelsea to win, but just because I don’t like it when Ray Houghton is right.
  • 21:23
    82 mins: Ashley Cole is booked for a foul on Muller. Just as well he wasn’t carded for that silly foul in the first minute.
  • 21:26
    83 mins: Finally. After working Cech just about 30 seconds earlier, Muller makes the breakthrough. Kroos crossed from the left and Muller coming in on the blindside heads the ball down into the turf, it bounces up over Cech off the crossbar and in. Not a thing of beauty but they deserve it.
  • 21:27
    85 mins: another weak shot from Robben is gathered by Cech. Chelsea throw on Torres for Kalou. They might as well have a go now.
  • 21:28
    86 mins: David Luiz has a hack at Ribery and picks up a booking. Goalscoring hero Muller comes off to be replaced by a defender, Van Buyten. I’d say Muller will have a few drinks bought for him tonight.
  • 21:31
    88 mins: Wow. Chelsea get a corner on the right. Mata swings it in, Didier Drogba attacks it and meets it with a brilliant header into the top corner. Neuer gets a hand on it but can’t keep it out. 1-1.
  • 21:32
    90 mins: Bayern might regret taking off Muller now… three minutes of injury time.
  • 21:34
    92 mins: Everyone looks nervy now. I think even Bayern want extra time.
  • 21:36
    93 mins: Free-kick to Chelsea about 25 yards out. Time is up but it looks like they’re going to be allowed take it … Drogba lines it up … and takes his point. Full time. 1-1. Extra helpings.
  • 21:42
    Extra time begins.
  • 21:44
    92 mins: Chelsea start on the front foot. Torres breaks down the right and sets off panic in the Bayern defence. A shot from Lampard is blocked, a cross from Mata is stopped and danger is averted. Bayern are starting to look a little bit nervy.
  • 21:48
    93 mins: Oh dear. Didier Drogba – just like he did against Barcelona – gives away a penalty. He clip Ribery’s heels just inside the box and he can’t really quibble. Robben will take it.
  • 21:48
    95 mins: Robben has to wait a long time to take the penalty due to the injury to Ribery. Finally he gets to take it and he goes to the keepers left, but not far enough to the left, Cech saves, and then smothers the ball. This is starting to look like one of those “name on the cup” things. Dammit, Ray Houghton might be right.
  • 21:49
    97 mins: Riberty can’t continue. Tough to tell whether it’s due to cramp or injury but he’s gone. Olic on to replace him.
  • 21:52
    100 mins: some gentle tippy-tappy stuff going on, both teams catching their breath.
  • 21:54
    102 mins: Fernando Torres makes a burst down the right but after evading a few defenders the ball gets away from him and runs out of play for a goal kick.
  • 21:57
    103 mins: Great cross from the right by Torres, well dealt with at the back post by Lahm.
     
  • 21:58
    105 mins: Lampard concedes a stupid free-kick right on the endline. Kroos swings it in and it again comes to nothing. Bayern obviously don’t do much on set pieces during training.
  • 21:59
    Half-time in extra-time. Still 1-1.
  • 22:00
    The second half of extra-time begins. Fifteen minutes to settle this.
  • 22:02
    107 mins: Bayern push forward through Robben, he’s shown the inside and his pass comes to nothing as Chelsea crowd it out. That exact passage of play must have happened 20 times tonight.
  • 22:05
    108 minutes: Lahm breaks forward and dinks a little ball to the back post where Olic is. You’d expect him to shoot but when the ball goes across the goal and wide he blames Van Buyten in the centre for not being alive. He might be sparing his own blushes there. If it was meant to be a shot, it was a poor one. If it was meant to be a pass it wasn’t much good either. Chelsea survive again.
  • 22:06
    110 mins: Bayern push forward again, but Olic again makes a mess of a cross. Cech falls on it gratefully.
  • 22:08
    111 mins: Schweinsteiger does brilliantly to set up an attack from inside his own half, Robben passes to the overlapping Lahm who gets beyond Cole but his cross towards Gomez gets deflected before breaking loose. Luiz hacks it into the crowd for a corner.
  • 22:09
    113 mins: Robben cuts in from the right and slices his shot high and wide. That seems to have happened about 10 times tonight. It’s becoming kind of hypnotic.
  • 22:12
    115 mins: Mikel takes down Schweinsteiger about 35 yards out, and pretty central. Robben elects to float it in but he gets too much on it and it just floats into Cech’s hands. Awful.
  • 22:13
    117 mins: starting to look increasingly like penalties. On the plus side for Chelsea, at least John Terry can’t take one.
  • 22:16
    119 mins: Torres tries to break down the right but fails to get past Contento. He has a bit of a kick at the defender and picks up a yellow card for it.
  • 22:17
    120 mins: There goes the whistle. Full time: It finishes Chelsea 1 Bayern Munich 1. Time for penalties.
  • 22:19
    Everybody is milling around the midfield, presumably hoping they won’t get asked to take a penalty. Except for John Terry, who is currently lobbying Uefa to see if he can take one.
  • 22:19
    Fifa decide: he can't.
  • 22:20
    There’s very much a Chelsea end and a Bayern end here – whichever end these penalties are taken into could have a big bearing here.
  • 22:22
    They'll be taking them in front of the Bayern fans. Munich to shoot first.
  • 22:23
    Lahm scores, although Cech gets a hand to it. Bayern 1-0 Chelsea
  • 22:24
    Mata's penalty is saved. Bayern 1-0 Munich
  • 22:24
    Gomez scores. Bayern 2-0 Chelsea
  • 22:25
    Luiz scores for Chelsea. Bayern 2-1 Chelsea.
  • 22:26
    Neuer, the goalkeeper, scores for Bayern. Right into the corner. Bayern 3-1 Chelsea.
  • 22:26
    Lampard scores. Bayern 3-2 Chelsea.
  • 22:27
    Olic misses. Bayern 3-2 Chelsea
  • 22:28
    Cole scores. Bayern 3-3 Chelsea. He deserved to score that.
  • 22:29
    Schweinsteiger hits the post and it comes out. Bayern 3-3 Chelsea.
  • 22:29
    Drogba up next. Maybe his last ever kick in a Chelsea jersey, to win the Champions League.
  • 22:30
    Drogba scores. Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties and are Champions of Europe.
  • 22:35
    Hard not to feel very sorry for Schweinsteiger. He’s been a leader for Bayern for years, and didn’t deserve to miss such a vital penalty in his home stadium. The flip side of that is that Drogba – having been sent off when Chelsea lost the 2008 final to Manchester United on penalties – has gotten some serious redemption tonight.
  • 22:41
    John Terry is in a Chelsea strip. Seems a bit much that he’s allowed to paint himself into the victorious picture tonight despite the fact he contributed nothing tonight. In fact he very nearly sabotaged their campaign in the semi-final against Barcelona with his spectacularly idiotic red card. The Munich fans are staying in the stadium to see the cup being presented. Classy.
  • 22:44
    Spurs fans won’t have enjoyed tonight’s game much. Chelsea’s victory takes away their Champions League spot for next season.
  • 22:46
    Roberto Di Matteo leads his team up the steps to receive their medals. He gives the trophy a kiss as he walks by. Anybody should manage West Brom. Di Matteo got sacked from there and is now a European Champion, and his successor there is now the England manager.
  • 22:51
    John Terry and Frank Lampard lift the trophy together although, amusingly, Bosingwa and Kalou refuse to move from their front row position, meaning that Terry is totally obscured as the trophy is missed. It’s then passed along the row to the owner, Abramovich, who lifts it with a sheepish grin. Mission accomplished, Roman.
  • 22:58
    Roberto Di Matteo has had a storming two and a half months in charge. An FA Cup win, brilliant wins over Napoli and Barcelona, and then victory in the Champions League to round it all off. He’ll surely not have to give Abramovich a CV when he’s pitching for being given the job of Chelsea boss full time. Anyway, that’s it from here. It’s been a long day. Well done to Leinster and Chelsea, both worthy European Champions. Good night and good luck.