Football: Robben, Mueller strike as Bayern win German Cup

Bayern Munich's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 17, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Bayern Munich's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on May 17, 2014.  -- PHOTO: AFP
Bayern's Arjen Robben (centre) scores past Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (left) and Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller during the German Cup final between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, on 17 May 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

BERLIN (AFP) - Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller scored extra-time goals as Bayern Munich won the German Cup with a 2-0 victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

After the first 90 minutes finished goalless, Robben broke the drought in the 107th-minute before Mueller added a second in time added-on.

Coach Pep Guardiola finishes his first season in charge of Bayern with four trophies having already won the Bundesliga title, Club World Cup and Uefa Super Cup.

"When a team wins the German league title, it's already been a good season," said Guardiola.

"That was the most important title, but of course we are very happy that we have won the cup."

Bayern lifted the German Cup for a record 17th time to claim the domestic league and cup double - the Champions League was the only title to evade the Bavarian giants this season.

But Guardiola admitted he deserved criticism from the German media in the wake of their 4-0 home drubbing by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, second-leg.

"The criticism was quite justified, I did things I shouldn't have done," said Guardiola.

"I made mistakes in our playing style and tactics against Real, but things like that can happen in big games against big clubs."

Having also scored the late winner in the 2013 Champions League final against Borussia at Wembley, Netherlands winger Robben again broke Dortmund hearts.

"We were finished at the end," admitted Dortmund's coach Jurgen Klopp, who was left fuming after television replays showed a second-half Mats Hummels header crossed the line, but was not given.

"We tortured ourselves and gave everything. In the phase when we were stronger, we scored a goal, which wasn't given.

"That should have been seen (by the referee) even without goal-line technology." There was no fairytale finish for Poland striker Robert Lewandowski who had promised to finish his four years at Dortmund by lifting the cup before joining Bayern next season.

This was the fourth and final time Germany's top two sides met this season with both teams finishing with two wins a piece.

But it was a nervy, tense affair in front of a 71,967 crowd at Berlin's sold-out Olympic Stadium which also included Hollywood star Tom Hanks who is filming A Hologram For The King in Germany's capital.

Bayern were forced into a late change when Austria left-back David Alaba dropped out with a stomach muscle injury and Brazil's Rafinha slotted into his place.

Munich were already without defensive midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, ruled out with a knee injury while striker Mario Mandzukic having been dropped.

Guardiola opted to play a new 3-4-3 system and included 18-year-old midfielder Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg, who was making only his 11th first team appearance.

Dortmund were at near full strength with Lewandowski making his final appearance in the yellow-black shirt.

Bayern made a bright start as Mueller and Robben both forced Dortmund captain and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller into early saves.

There were worrying scenes ahead of next month's World Cup in Brazil when Bayern's Germany captain Philipp Lahm limped off with half an hour gone to be replaced by Franck Ribery.

The Bayern bench said Lahm had taken a knock to the fibula, but it was not serious and he is expected to join the Germany training camp which starts on Wednesday.

Hoejbjerg squandered a great chance with half-time approaching when he fired wide from the penalty area after being left unmarked.

At the other end, Lewandowski cannoned his shot over the bar moments later.

Both teams had clear chances in the second half as Mueller's shot at point-blank range was smothered by Weidenfeller on 56 minutes.

And at the other end, Dortmund defender Mats Hummels' header was saved off the line on 64 minutes by Bayern's Dante.

After the game went to extra-time, Robben broke the drought when he fired home at the near post from five metres out.

Mueller then took advantage of tired Dortmund legs when he held off Germany team-mate Marcel Schmelzer and rounded Weidenfeller just before the final whistle as Bayern defended their cup title.

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