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Beaten Weidenfeller holds head high

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is proud of pushing Bayern Munich all the way in the Champions League final on Saturday.

The 32-year-old’s efforts between the posts were crucial in keeping his side in the contest throughout, only to be undone by Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute winner, as Bayern ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley Stadium.

Weidenfeller hailed his team’s fighting spirit for matching the Bundesliga champions blow-for-blow for the majority of the 90 minutes.

“We’re proud to have given Bayern a real game tonight,” Weidenfeller said.

“We played well but it wasn’t meant to be.

Team-mate Mats Hummels weighed in with his own acknowledgement of Dortmund’s effort, only lamenting the cruel turn of events in the proceedings leading up to full-time.

“We feel pride but also disappointment when you lose a match in the 90th minute,” the former Bayern youngster told ZDF.

“But we were a little tired at the end and Bayern took advantage of that. We didn’t have enough possession and it told in the end.

“It’s hard to lose like that.”

Sun 26 May, 2013
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