Robben silences Old Trafford — German media reaction

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
Photo: Paul Blank TSR takes a look at the German media's reaction to Bayern Munich's success over Manchester United
Photo: Paul Blank

Louis van Gaal (Photo: Paul Blank_

The Sport Review takes a look at the German media’s reaction to Bayern Munich’s success over Manchester United in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League.

“Dream Goal rescues Bayern”

Sportbild describes how “will, morality and Arjen Robben” triumphed to send Bayern Munich into the semi-finals, where they will face Lyons. The articles describes the night’s events as a “little footballing miracle” conjured by a “stroke of genius” from Franck Ribéry.

They were “sly” mind games from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, it continues, after he named Wayne Rooney in the starting line-up. Falling 3-0 behind, the Germans endured “quite a sleepy” 40 minutes before coming to life.

The “turbo dribbling” Arjen Robben scored the crucial goal that sealed the match, capping a “magical evening” that had begun with disaster.

“Robben shoots Bayern into semis”

Kicker labels this Bayern performance as “their greatest” in Europe since they last won the trophy in 2001. It is suggested that the naming of Rooney up front “paralyzed” the Bundesliga leaders and left them looking like “extras in a bad movie”.

The critical take on Bayern’s first half performance continues with poor man-marking and an inaccurate passing game just two flaws in a “lengthy list of shortcomings”. The turning points are cited as Rafael’s sending off and Robben’s “superb” goal which secured their passage.

“Bayern reach Champions League semis”

Raphael Honigstein says Arjen Robben is “a man for the big moments”. Honigstein, in his piece for Der Tagesspiegel, equates the early 2-0 deficit at the Theatre of Dreams to the resounding defeat Bayern suffered at the hands of Barcelona last season. Thus, with dark memories coming to light, it seemed the Germans might crumble at the hands of the English champions.

At 3-0 Bayern seemed “resigned” to defeat until Olic rescued the Bundesliga leaders once again. His late first half strike initiated the beginning of “a new game”. The Bavarians began to “believe in their own strength”, eventually leading to Robben’s spectacular winner.

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