Robben, defense lead Bayern to title

Posted by Paul Carr, ESPN Stats & Information

Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Saturday, in the first all-German European Cup final.

Arjen Robben scored the decisive goal in the 89th minute, for the latest game-winner in a Champions League final since Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer famously struck in stoppage time against Bayern Munich in 1999.

Bayern is the fourth club to win five European Cup titles, joining Real Madrid (9), AC Milan (7) and Liverpool (5). Bayern is the first German team to win since its last title in 2001 and remains the only German club to win multiple European Cups.

Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes won the title for the second time, having also done it with Real Madrid in 1998, and he’s the fourth manager to win the European Cup with two different clubs, along with Ernst Happel (1970 Feyenoord and Hamburg 1983), Ottmar Hitzfeld (1997 Dortmund and Bayern 2001) and José Mourinho (2004 Porto and 2010 Inter Milan).

Borussia Dortmund dominated the game’s first 25 minutes, with six shots to none for Bayern Munich. But the roles flipped in the last 20 minutes of the first half, with Bayern taking seven shots to Dortmund’s one.

Bayern had the better of things for most of the second half as well, with 10 shots from an average distance of 14 yards, compared to Dortmund’s five shots from an average of 25 yards.

Bayern completed 42 more passes in the second half (169 to 127), with the bulk of that difference coming in the attacking third (65 to 28).

Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a 60th-minute goal, becoming the first Croatian to score in a European Cup final. Dortmund’s Ilkay Gündogan leveled eight minutes later with a penalty, the first converted in a final in 12 years.

Looking for an unsung hero? Jerome Boateng led a strong Bayern Munich defense with five clearances, five tackles and won all five of his aerial duels.

As a team, Bayern allowed Dortmund to complete only 14 percent of crosses (2 of 14), while Bayern was successful on 29 percent of its crosses (7 of 24).

With the Bundesliga and Champions League titles in hand, Bayern Munich can now become the first German team and seventh overall to win the European treble in a single season. Bayern faces Stuttgart in the cup final on June 1.

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