Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2: Three lessons as Robben stars

Borussia Dortmund 1 Bayern Munich 2: What lessons did we learn as Arjen Robben fired his side to Champions League glory?

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Bayern win dramatic final

It truly was an entertaining and event-filled night of football at Wembley on Saturday as Bayern Munich grabbed a late winner to sink Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of a second Champions League crown. It was Arjen Robben’s strike that proved to be the difference between the sides in the end, and although there were periods of dominance for both, it is hard to deny that Jürgen Klopp’s side were worth at least extra-time. In the end, it wasn’t to be as Roman Weidenfeller was beaten from close-range by the Dutch star in the 88th minute. The goal, which sparked a wave of euphoria amongst the Bayern fans, underlined just how unpredictable football can be and showcased the persistence of this Bayern side who have been denied this title for so long.

Goalkeepers rule the first half

The gloves were well and truly on in the first half as Weidenfeller and Bayern shot stopper Manuel Neuer both performed expertly to keep their team in the game. Chance after chance was dealt with in supreme agile fashion so that, at half-time, the scores remained level. Of course, it was all the more heart-breaking for Dortmund’s goalkeeper to be beaten so late on in the match as he had to watch the ball roll teasingly over the line. Time-and-time again, he had kept the scores down by palming and tipping over elegant efforts from all angles and distances. Weidenfeller’s save to deny Bastian Schweinsteiger from 35-yards out underlined his goalkeeping majesty. Of course, Bayern number one Neuer had a commendable match too as he denied an in-form Dortmund attack for prolonged periods, particularly in opening 30 minutes.

Dortmund continue 17-year wait

Most neutrals were cheering for Robert Lewandowski and his Dortmund team-mates in the Champions League showpiece, and to see them dominate the tie’s opening half hour would have been a joy to behold. Following on from Mario Mandžukić’s opening goal just after the hour mark, Dortmund could have become deflated and allowed their performances levels to drop. Nothing could have been further from the truth as they soon levelled the scores less than seven minutes later. Defender Dante’s horrendous challenge mean that İlkay Gündoğan could slot home the spot-kick and give them a way back in to the tie. In the end, though, they were made to rue their missed chances and will now have to wait at least another year to mount their assault on the title.

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