The dice were fickle but the cards were kind to the Munchen side in a simulation match using APBA Soccer tonight, when Bayern Munich won the European Champions League Final. Mario Gomez drilled a 116th minute Penalty Kick past a flailing Petr Cech to defeat London’s Chelsea 3-2.
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The deciding Penalty Kick was awarded when Chelsea’s Frank Lampard made an ill-timed tackle on Franck Ribery while within the penalty area.
Chelsea had one last chance to tie the game when, in the 126th minute, Fernando Torres’ shot looked bound for goal until Bayern’s Manuel Neuer made the save of his life to keep the German side ahead for good.
The match featured offense and dramatic moments throughout, but, except for a 6 minute stretch in the 2nd half when Chelsea scored both their goals, Bayern Munich dominated the pitch.
Bayern was ahead 2-0 in the 78th minute when Chelsea’s Goalkeeper Cech made a nice outlet to Frank Lampard. Lampard’s shot from nearly 40 yards away was Chelsea’s first shot-on-goal of the day and it found Neuer well out of position for such a strike.
Chelsea was able to tie the match 4 minutes later when Ashley Cole scored on a shot from Area D. Bayern scrambled to find a winner in the closing minutes of regular time, but couldn’t do it. Fortunately for the Germans, Ribery was able to draw the foul in extra time that setup Gomez’s winner.
I tried to play the game using the lineups that I feel will be the most likely choices for their respective managers in real life:
BAYERN: Neuer (GK); Gomez, Ribery, Kroos, Muller, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Timoschuk, Lahm, Boateng, Contento
CHELSEA: Cech (GK); Drogba, Sturridge, Mata, Lampard, Kalou, Mikel, Luiz, Cole, Bosingwa, Cahill
Some might question why I left Fernando Torres on the bench to start the match, since his APBA card is fantastic. If I were just trying to field the best APBA lineup, Torres would have started the match in the XI. However, in real life, Drogba and Torres have never started at the same time and have only been on the pitch together a handful of times. DiMatteo, Chelsea coach, prefers to have the strikers each play on his own.
I did bring Torres into the match in the 66th minute, however, when Chelsea was down 2-0 and only 18 minutes later the game was tied 2-2. Torres had 3 of Chelsea’s 5 shots in extra time, too, but was unable to find the back of the net.
This preplay simulation of the game to be played in the morning was great fun. Thank you to APBA for releasing these cards for free and giving us the opportunity to play out this game before the real game.
Briefly, about the team ratings: Though it was dismaying that APBA didn’t give any guidance on how the two teams should be rated, I had to do something in order to play the game, so I rated Chelsea a 3 (team) and 2 (defense) and gave them 4 clutch points. I rated Bayern a 5 (team), due mainly to the fact that they are playing in their home stadium, but also gave them only a 2 for defense, since their back line is without Alaba and Badstuber and their defensive mid, Gustavo, is out as well. With such a distinct home field advantage, I gave Munich 6 clutch points.
If you want a free copy of these two teams for use with APBA Soccer, go to the APBA Games website, where you can download the cards for free.