Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00
Reuters: Bayern Munich restored their undisputed dominance in Germany when they beat rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with two extra-time goals on Saturday to win the German Cup and secure their tenth domestic double.
Dutchman Arjen Robben, who scored the winner against Dortmund in the Champions League final last season, tapped in at the far post in the 107th minute after the country’s top two teams slugged it out in a goalless but entertaining 90 minutes.
Thomas Mueller then raced clear deep in stoppage time to complete the win over their bitter rivals immediately after Marco Reus had missed a chance to equalise.
Victory ended a bad run for Bayern who had won the league title with seven games to spare in Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge before hitting a slump in form, including a comprehensive Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid.
“When a team wins the league title then it is already a good season,” Guardiola told reporters. “But we are happy to have achieved it today. It was a big title.”
For scorer Robben the win marked the end of a successful season.
“It was a very important goal,” Robben said. “This was a Cup, and we really wanted to win it. We are here, won the double, had a super season and that’s the bottom line.”
Saturday’s final was marked by a controversial goalline incident with Mats Hummels’ header in the 64th minute cleared on the line by Bayern defender Dante with television replays showing the entire ball may have crossed the line.
German football bosses earlier in the year voted against the introduction of goalline technology but the latest incident is set to renew the debate.
For Dortmund, the defeat completed a season without silverware, with top striker Robert Lewandowski failing to score in his last game before joining Bayern next season.