Three second half goals lit up what was a great final with plenty of back and forth action from start to finish but it was Bayern, who had already triumphed over Dortmund in the race for German Bundesliga title, who managed to take advantage of more of their chances.
Bayern opened the scoring in the 60th minute with a goal from Mandzukic who tapped in from an Arjen Robben ball. Dortmund replied just 7 minutes later after Bayern defender Dante gave away a penalty, allowing Gundogan to step up and slot it away. And of course it wouldn’t be a Champions League final without a little bit of last minute drama, with Robben clinching the win with an 89th minute goal that dashed the hopes of the Dortmund underdogs.
The game was a fitting battle in a Champions League campaign that served as a true showcase for the quality in the German league after the drubbings both these teams handed out to Real Madrid and Barcelona.
And this Champions League final isn’t the only thing sports fans can take in tonight as Carl Froch takes on Mikkel Kessler in a super-middleweight rematch that is sure to produce fireworks. Fight fans can also catch UFC 160 going live on ESPN at 3am, with what might be the best fight card of the year so far, headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Cain Velasquez and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva.
NEXT WEEK: there will be even more NBA playoff action after two amazing games between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers in a series that is tied at 1 game each and which looks set to go down to the wire.
By Daniyall Qazi