We're off at the Allianz Arena in Munich! The light bulbs are flashing, Martin Tyler and Gary Neville are already offering horribly biased commentary, you have to love the Champions League!
The importance of the first five minutes was heavily stressed by various talking heads in the build-up, it was all about how frantic and crazy it would be. Well, it's was fairly clam. Bayern had the better of possession but a majority of the time was spent with the two teams running in to each other in the midfield as everyone settled in. Bayern did earn a corner in the 5th minute, but they failed to take advantage when an eventual shot from Kroos went wide.
Ashley Cole got on the referee's radar early with a poor challenge on Kroos, it definitely gives you an idea of what Chelsea's plan is in terms of playing a physical match. Bastian Schweinsteiger earned a yelow card in the 2nd minute after a needles deliberate handball in the midfield. Not sure was he was thinking, but it's puts a ton of pressure on him to play carefully the rest of the match.
We'll have live coverage and updates throughout the game in our 2012 UEFA Champions League Final StoryStream. For more on Bayern, head over to Bayern Munich blog Bavarian Football Works. For more on the Blues, check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.