Robben Ends Bayern’s Champions League Title Drought

Updated: May 28, 2013
Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben 89th minute goal ends Bayern’s 4-year Champions League title drought and clinches a 2-1 victory against Bundesliga nemesis, Borussia Dortmund in Wembley.


Tied at 1-1, Robben completed Ribery’s backheel pass that unleashed Bayern’s long kept winning salvo this season. Goal keeper, Weidenfeller, who spectacularly denied the Bavarians never had enough time to stop the ball.


The battle in Wembley is nothing new to Robben. He has been a familiar and a memorable face in the Champions League final. In  2010, the renowned midfielder brought Bayern to the final after scoring against Manchester United. Bayern eventually lost, with a 2-0 score in favor of Inter. However, Robben’s earned quite a reputation and will be remembered the most after failing to secure the penalty shot against Chelsea in 2012.


Given Robben’s two (2) failed attempts to salvage Bayern in the finals, what transpired in Wembley was indeed, a sweet and glorious redemption.


The match begs for extra time if not for Robben. The Borussians called the shots during the first-half. Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski almost scored Dortmund’s first two (2) goals, if not for Neuer’s perfect pitch saves.


However, the tables were turned when Mandzukic converted Martinez headed pass on the 60th minute. Unfortunately for Bayern, the lead did not last long. Dante conceded a penalty and on the 66th minute, Gundogan sealed the match’s equalizer. Goetze, who will soon transfer to Bayern can hardly keep the euphoria to himself as he cheered for his soon-to-be-former teammate.


Euphoric, indeed, Dortmund’s celebration was short-lived. Robben, who has been labeled, as the “man who can’t score in big games,” nailed the Borussian’s coffin and delivered the most-coveted Champions League trophy to the Bavarians.




Photo Source: