FC Bayern München clinched the German Cup in dramatic fashion, extra-time goals from Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller finally ending Borussia Dortmund's challenge and giving Josep Guardiola's side the league and cup double for the tenth time.
The Bundesliga champions were first to threaten as Robben picked out Müller, Roman Weidenfeller blocking the shot with his face. That was in the fourth minute but clear chances proved at a premium thereafter, Bayern having largely the better of things without dominating.
In the 56th minute it was again Müller who tested Weidenfeller, this time from close range following a powerful run by Franck Ribéry down the right. Bayern were fortunate to avoid conceding shortly afterwards, however, Dante clearing a Mats Hummels header, before Oliver Kirch forced Manuel Neuer to punch away in the 72nd minute.
At the other end, Robben's attempt was blocked well by Weidenfeller and the final moved into extra time, Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang narrowly missing the target within 60 seconds of the restart.
The breakthrough was Bayern's however, Robben – scorer of the winner in last season's UEFA Champions League final between the teams – volleying in Jérôme Boateng's cross from a narrow angle in the 107th minute with Weidenfeller just unable to scramble the ball off the line. Having played a key role in Bayern gaining the lead, Boateng was then instrumental in preserving it, deflecting Marco Reus' shot over the bar, leaving Müller to finish off a counterattack for a clinching second.
"We have a great team; Dortmund are tough opponents and it's fantastic that we managed to win," said Guardiola at the end of his first season as Bayern coach. "It was a difficult year for me. It was my first year here, and I don't speak German that well. Jupp [Heynckes] achieved a tremendous feat here last season and it was a difficult task to match that. But winning the double is a great achievement."
Captain Philipp Lahm added: "We've had a lot of criticism in the last few weeks and to win the domestic double is a great feeling. We had to compensate for a lot of injuries today, but still managed to play good football."
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