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Bayern Munich Defeat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley to Lift UEFA Champions League 2013

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich
Gundogan 67 (pen) (0-0) Mandzukic 60
Robben 89
Bayern Munich captain, Philip Lahm, holds the UEFA Champions League trophy aloft after winning the tournamnet in 2013
Bayern Munich captain, Philip Lahm, holds the UEFA Champions League trophy aloft after winning the tournament in 2013

Bayern Munich this evening went some way to exorcising the ghost of their 2012 Champions League Final defeat, by winning the 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League Final over German compatriots, Borussia Dortmund, in Wembley, London.

Arjen Robben, who last year missed a crucial penalty, this year produced the winning goal just one minute from time, after a scintillating all-German final looked to be heading for extra time. Bayern Munich won 2-1.

Robben had been provider on 60 minutes when he slid the ball from the byline past Dortmund goalkeeper, Weidenfeller, for the prolific Mandzukic to poke home, to give the German Champions the 1-0 lead.

But Munich’s lead was to last only 8 minutes, when their centre half Dante – added to the squad since 2012 and very solid this season – felled his man, Marco Reus, in the penalty area with a clumsy tackle. Gundogan stepped up and sent Neuer – who had been exceptional, particularly in the first half – the wrong way to take the scoreline to 1-1 with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Munich fans must have feared it was to be the same story again this year, as the minutes ticked away, but a long, straight, ball over the top was back-heeled towards the flying Dutchman, Robben, who touched the ball past a sliding defender and raced into the penalty area, before slicing the ball coolly home with the outside of his left foot before the entire team in red surrounded him in joyous celebration.

Bayern then wound down the clock to complete an excellent victory and deserved victory, though Dortmund will be disappointed that a bright start produced nothing on an evening which entertained neutral fans around the world.

As a dramatic finish, fans could not have hoped for more, and few who were there last year, in Munich, to witness such heartbreak for men like Robben and manager Jupp Heynckes, would deny them their moment this time around. Heynckes will leave Munich with his head held high – after the German Cup Final, where Munich will play for a magnificent treble – the manager will be taking his enforced retirement to be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the helm.

The victory is the fifth time Bayern have won the UEFA Champions League.

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