Robben’s Champions League final winner vs. Dortmund at Wembley (25th May, 2013)
Following the disappointment of the 2012 Champions League final loss against Chelsea at the Allianz Arena, Robben was on a path to redemption in 2013. In the 2012 final Robben missed a penalty that would have put the Bavarians up 2-1 in extra time. With no goals being scored in the extra 30 minutes, Chelsea won the penalty shootout in which Robben did not participate.
In the all-German 2013 Champions League final vs. Dortmund, the legendary Dutchman was the hero for Die Roten. In the 89th minute with the score tied at 1-1, Jerome Boateng launched a free kick from the Bayern half towards Ribery, who had drifted centrally, at the edge of the Dortmund 18-yard box.
The Frenchman tried to backheel the ball to an onrushing Thomas Muller but it took a slight deflection off a defender which changed its path and slowed it up enough for the trailing Robben to pounce on. The Dutchman took it in stride at pace and evaded two defenders in the box before sliding past the keeper for the winning goal.
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Robben’s outpour of emotion following the final whistle was a sight never to be forgotten. Die Roten had waited long for a Champions League victory. After coming agonizingly close in 2012, it was fitting to see Robben putting the final touches to Bayern’s win in 2013.