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Arjen’s defining influence

‘A world-class display and a world-class goal’

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There were 112 minutes on the board, and still he went for it, chasing down the ball on the touchline, jinking past three defenders and haring towards the by-line. A turn on a sixpence and he was headed for the penalty spot. Without looking up, and a swing of the left boot later, the ball nestled in the far corner, and Arjen Robben had fired Bayern into the DFB Cup final at Schalke’s expense.

“It was a dream goal,” a clearly impressed Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said afterwards. Bastian Schweinsteiger called it “an outrageous goal”. Louis van Gaal praised Robben as “unbelievable. He’d already dribbled a few times, then he made one more run and settled the match. Producing a goal like that in the blink of an eye is true class.”