Bayern Munich defended their DFB Pokal crown as goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller saw off fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarian giants rounded off a thrilling 2013-14 campaign as they kept a strong Borussia Dortmund at bay by adding the DFB Pokal to the Bundesliga title that they were also able to successively defend this season.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side who went into the game as strong favourites to clinch the double, had to wait until the second half of extra time until Roman Weidenfeller produced a massive error to allow Robben to put Bayern up with ten minutes left to play.
With Borussia Dortmund throwing the kitchen sink at Bayern in the hope of finding an equaliser, Robben picked out Claudio Pizarro, who delivered an inch perfect pass for Muller, who rounded Weidenfeller and slotted the ball into the empty net.
As Muller was bundled by the entirety of the Bayern Munich bench, Robert Lewandowski who will team up with Guardiola’s side when his contract runs out on 1st July looked on in disbelief, with the Polish international having several chances to win the game for the Black and Yellow’s.
However, it was the Spanish tactician who quelled harsh backlash from the German media, and made sure that his side finished the season on a high after guiding his new look Bayern side to a 16th German Cup title.
It was almost a year to the day when Bayern Munich won their fifth Champions League crown when they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 inside a packed Wembley Stadium, with the electrifying atmosphere once again being apparent in the build up to the game inside the Olympiastadion.
Both sides had met each other three teams this season leading up to Saturday’s final with the Borussians hoping to not only secure a second consecutive victory over the Allianz Arena outfit, but to also win back the DFB Pokal from Bayern, having last lifted it 2012.
However, you might have been easily mistaken by Dortmund’s incentive to win their second trophy of the season, with Klopp’s side struggling to keep up with Bayern’s sleek and dangerous play in the opening ten minutes of the game.
The current World Champions could have been 1-0 up with only three minutes on the clock, as Robben was able to pick out Muller who beat the offside trap, but saw his low shot superbly saved by Weidenfeller.
With Dortmund looking stretched, Robben who has been a thorn in the heal of the Black and Yellow’s since his arrival in the German game from Real Madrid in 2009 once again waltzed his way through the oppositions back four, before picking out Toni Kroos who scuffed his shot from 12 yards.
In all respect, the Borussians could have found themselves 3-0 down as some poor defending by Kevin Grosskreutz saw the veteran German defender attempt to pass back to his goalkeeper, before Robben sussed out the chance, but was unable to make any significant contact with the ball.
Guardiola who went into the game with a selection headache after first choice Left-Back David Alaba joined the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara on the sidelines having picked up a knock on Friday, then saw his captain, Phillip Lahm exit the field of play after injuring his foot following a challenge with Nuri Sahin on the 25th minute mark.
The Spaniard must have felt that luck was just not going his sides way when Robben was adjusted to have been brought down in the area following a clumsy tackle from Sven Bender to the fury of the Bayern bench.
With two minutes injury time signalled by the fourth official, Borussia Dortmund seemed to awakw from their first-half slumber with Lewandowski arguably having the best chance of the half as he seemed to skip past the entirety of Bayern’s defence, before hitting a wild effort over the bar from close range.
With Tom Hanks eagerly looking on from the crowd, FC Hollywood started the second half on the front foot, but were unable to get the better of a rock hard Dortmund defence, with Ribery trying to open up scoring opportunities for his team mates.
The French international, who has often been described as the brain behind this Bayern Machine, beat the offside trap before crossing in a delicious ball for Muller, who shot directly into the hands of Weidenfeller from three yards out.
With Bayern seemingly cruising, Dortmund once again cranked up the pressure, and thought they were 1-0 to the good, with Hummels seeing his tap in from close range superbly cleared off the line from Dante.
Last year’s Champions League finalists ended the ninety minutes as the better side, with 21 year old Oliver Kirch nearly finding a way past Neuer, but saw his low and powerful shot parried away by the German international.
With extra time needed to decide the winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang unleashed an arrow of a shot within a minute of the restart, which darted under the body of Neuer and out for a goal kick, with his attempt missing by a matter of inches.
With 110 minutes on the clock, and the game creeping towards being decided via the dreaded penalty shootout, Grosskreutz was once again guilty of making a crucial mistake as Jerome Boateng intercepted his weak ball before crossing in for Robben who saw his powerful shot bounce of Weidenfeller and into the net.
Bayern Munich then wrapped up the game in style when Dortmund fell asleep allowing Robben to pace up field, before finding Claudio Pizarro who used his spectacular vision to pick out Muller who ran from thrity yards out under the pressure of Sokratis to round the 33 year old keeper, before slotting a tame shot into the empty net.
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