Newly crowned Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich won the Champions League Final at Wembley last night with a late 2-1 victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The winner came in the 89th minute in a highly fought contest in London, where Bayern finally put to bed the demons of recent years thanks to Dutch International Arjen Robben’s goal to break Dortmund hearts.
Robben has lost all three Champions League finals he has played in during his career and the script was written when he pounced on a flick by Franck Ribery to toe poke past the impressive Roman Weidenfeller.
The game started brightly for the black and yellows, with their high pressing and fast flowing attacking football pinning Bayern in their own half for long periods and having to rely on goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to keep out strikes from Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski.
The newly crowned champions grew into the game in the first half and nearly went ahead through a Mario Mandzukic header, before the best chance of the half fell to Arjen Robben, where his powerful shot came back off the face of Roman Weidenfeller in the Dormund goal.
Second half started in similar fashion to the first, with Jurgen Klopp’s side pushing strongly for the first goal of the game.
The opener came in the 60th minute after a beautiful through ball by Franck Ribery found Robben who ran to the touchline past Weidenfeller to cross to Mario Mandzukic who calmly tapped into the open net.
Bayern celebrated with the 25,000 fans in Wembley, and went close to adding a second shortly after through the hardworking performance of Manzukic.
Dortmund would not lie down and pushed hard for an equaliser which came only 7 minutes later, when the outstanding Marco Reus took a touch with his shoulder in the box, only to be clattered by giant defender Dante, in what was a certain penalty for the referee to award.
After missing a penalty recently, Lewandowski allowed midfield engine Ilkay Gundogan to take the penalty, who calmly placed his finish into the bottom corner of Neuer’s net to send the loud and colourful Dortmund crown into raptures.
The game was on a knife edge, and both sides went close to finding a second goal before looking inevitable that we would be heading for extra time.
A final twist was to occur on the night, when a long ball forward fell to Ribery on the edge of the box, who calmly backheeled in Robben’s path, who took two touches past Hummels and Subotic, before prodding the ball past Weidenfeller to celebrate in style with his teammates and winning the club their fifth Champions League after years of being the nearly men.
When Pep Guardiola takes charge in the summer he will have a big job on his hands with current boss Jupp Heynckes departing the club winning his second Champions League with two different sides during his managerial career, aswell as winning this seasons Bundesliga and steering the club to a cup final next week against Stuttgart.
To add to this, the creative Mario Gotze will join the ranks in the summer, and he watched on last night with the Dortmund contingent after missing the final through injury.