Germany’s Bayern Munich defeated Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund Saturday by the score of 2-1 to win the Champions League final and end four years of bitter frustration in the biggest tournament in Europe.
Bayern lost two Champion League finals over a period of three years, which made this win even more euphoric for the German team.
Little separated the two heavyweights during the entire action packed match, until the 89th minute. Bayern’s Arjen Robben was able to drift alone into the penalty area and dribble towards goal. He was then able to guide a shot past the wrong-footed goalie Roman Weidenfeller.
For the Holland international, it was redemption. Robben suffered a missed penalty shot that was saved last season in the final by Chelsea’s goalie Petr Cech. The penalty shot could have potentially won the final for Bayern, but Chelsea went on to win.
Dortmund started strong as they hustled from the first whistle and controlled much of the play in the first half. If not for a pair of stellar saves by Bayern goalie Manuel Neuer, Dortmund could have led at half by at least a goal.
Dortmund surprised many, as they played so well without their best playmaker Mario Gotze, who was injured and is bound for Bayern next season.
Their play was testament to the powers of motivation that their manager Jorgen Kloop possesses. Late in the half Bayern mounted an offensive attack that was struck down by the goaltending of Weidenfeller.
The match was in the balance tied 1-1 when Robben pulled of his heroics and left the Yellow Wall of Dortmund supporters crying and the Red of his Bayern fans joyous beyond belief.