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Arjen’s defining influence

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

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.”