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Matchwinner Robben hails ´special feeling´

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben has expressed his delight after his late goal secured a UEFA Champions League final win over Borussia Dortmund.

Robben latched on to a pass from Franck Ribery to score the winner in the 89th minute of Saturday’s clash at Wembley to seal Bayern’s fifth European crown after Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty had cancelled out Mario Mandzukic’s strike.

The Dutchman was overwhelmed following the final whistle after previously missing out on the trophy in final defeats to Inter and Chelsea with the German side.
“I can’t put it into words. I have so many emotions,” he said.

“My whole career went through my mind when I scored, it is such a special feeling you can’t describe it.

“You don’t want to be a loser every time, coming always in second place. We deserved to win it. I have dreamt about it many times. Everybody I spoke to before the game said it was our night and I had a great feeling.”

Robben’s sentiments were echoed by captain Philipp Lahm who was to quick to credit Bayern’s commitment for the win.

“We worked unbelievably hard in recent years and we finally were rewarded,” he told Sky Sport Deutschland.

“We had to go through so much, especially with that lost final at home last year, but everybody worked so hard in the last months and weeks and now we’ve won it.”

However, there was great disappointment on the Dortmund side, who lost their first UEFA Champions League final since beating Juventus in 1997, but defender Mats Hummels felt Munich were worthy winners following their second-half showing.

He said: “The game was really close but Bayern deserved it. They were the better team in the second half. In the first 25 minutes we were the better team but could not score the goal we needed.

“We tired in the last few minutes, they get the cup and we don’t. Its the hardest game you can lose.”

Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller felt Dortmund could take heart from their performance despite failing to take their chances.

He said: “We’re proud to have given Bayern a real game tonight. We played well but it wasn’t meant to be.”
Sat 25 May, 2013
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