Arjen Robben delighted as Bayern rule Europe

LONDON (AFP) - Holland's Arjen Robben expressed his delight after scoring the winning goal for Bayern Munich just a minute from time to seal a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's Champions League final.

"It was such a close game, it was really neck-and-neck," said the 29-year-old right winger.

"Then in the last minute, I reacted to Franck (Ribery), he put me in space. This means a lot to me, I can't believe it, there are so many emotions. A lot of people had told me, you can score a goal, I'm just so happy."

Bayern's Matthias Sammer, who is in only his first season as director of sport, was equally enthused as Munich won their first Champions League title in 12 years after two previous failed attempts in the last three seasons.

"It's like nothing else you can compare it to in the world of sport," he said, having captained Borussia Dortmund to the 1997 Champions League title.

"The emotions are sky-high and there are tears in the eyes. It's relief and pure joy, it's everything.

"It is very important to crown a career, so the talk of previous failures is silenced." Having won the Bundesliga by a record 25-point margin and now secured the Champions League title, Bayern can become the first German club to win the treble in next Saturday's German Cup final.

Bayern set or equalled 25 German league records this season and the Bavarians just go from strength to strength with their fifth European title.

Coach Jupp Heynckes will walk away at the end of the season to be replaced by ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola and German legend Franz Beckenbauer paid tribute to the 68-year-old.

"I am pleased not only for Jupp Heynckes but the whole club, which has been driven by euphoria," said West Germany's World Cup-winning coach and captain.

"I think it's awesome that we have dominated German football over the entire season." Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was busy consoling his players at the final whistle and admitted the disappointment was deep as Borussia missed out on their first European title since 1997.

"It was a close game, that was decided late on," he said as he was consoled by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Wembley.

"After a long season we left everything we have out on the pitch.

"But congratulations to Bayern and Jupp Heynckes, if we had lost four or five nil, for me it would have been worse.

"We were in it until late on, but Bayern had the last punch."

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