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Unseen Footage Emerges Of Roman Abramovic’s Reaction To Petr Cech Penalty Save

Alex Reid

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Unseen Footage Emerges Of Roman Abramovic’s Reaction To Petr Cech Penalty Save

Chelsea fans are loving the passionate reaction of Roman Abramovic and his son to Petr Cech's penalty save in the 2012 Champions League final.

The Blues owner, who often appears stone-faced when not at the football, completely loses his cool in the game against Bayern Munich - as this footage shows.

The Russian oligarch lurches to one side as Cech saves the penalty, claps, jumps to his feet, roars, gives it the classic double fist-pump, before turning to shake a fist at someone behind him. His son goes even more berserk.

Chelsea supporters are using the video as a reminder of how immersed their owner is in the west London club and its on-pitch glory.

The now 54-year-old bought Chelsea in 2003 and immediately began to splash the cash. While his goal was obviously to build the value of the club, there is also a strong belief that this is a passion project for Abramovic, a huge football fan.

Domestic success arrived quickly during Jose Mourinho's first spell at the club, but ultimate Champions League glory proved trickier - with an agonising penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in 2008.

Four years later, a depleted Chelsea made it past Pep Guardiola's Barcelona and into a final against Bayern (in Munich, no less). The German giants dominated the game until Thomas Muller finally broke through with just seven minutes to play.

But Didier Drogba's bullet header delivered an unlikely equaliser five minutes later, before the same player gave away a penalty in extra time for a foul on Franck Ribery.

When Cech leapt to save Arjen Robben's penalty - resulting in Abramovic's reaction in the stands - it looked like Chelsea's name might be on the trophy. And so it proved as they succeeded in the shootout, Drogba netting the final penalty.

We can only assume Abramovic and his family's reaction up above was just as impassioned as that of the players on the pitch or the fans in the stand.

Topics: Petr Cech, Chelsea, Champions League

Alex Reid
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