We lost on penalties for the second time in 3 months. And in virtually identical circumstances. I hope I never have to witness another penalty shootout involving Chelsea again.
Leading by a goal to nil, we started the second half in much the same way – relentlessly attacking the opposition. But after blowing up some clear-cut goalscoring chances, the writing seemed to be on the wall. Possession & shots on goal stats were looking nice for Chelsea, but the one stat that matters the most – Goals Scored – still showed only 1. And that was to be our undoing.
Lokomotiv equalized in the 84th minute through a freekick which Cech completely misjudged. Lokomotiv 1-1 Chelsea. As the whistle blew for the end of 90 minutes, my worst fear was about to come true. There’s no extra-time in such matches, they directly go to penalties. Took a deep breath… and jumped with joy as Cech saved the first penalty!! Lampard scored for Chelsea, and soon the score looked like this:
Lokomotiv – X O O O O
Chelsea – O O O O
Time for the last penalty kick, reminding me of that heart-breaking night in Moscow on the 21st of May, 2008.
Wayne Bridge stepped up to take it. And missed. Another England defender misses the match-winning penalty for Chelsea. At this point, I’d lost all hope of a win. Sudden death beckons.
Last time it was Anelka’s penalty that was saved in ‘sudden death’, this time it was Shevchenko. Game over. We’ll now play against AC Milan for the 3rd spot. Damn!!!