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Goal of the season

Arjen’s stunner for the history books

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A cracking strike against Fiorentina, a scintillating solo effort against Schalke, and now a stunner of a goal in the Champions League quarter-finals: Arjen Robben keeps on coming up trumps for Bayern in the do-or-die matches. The winger’s world-class strike against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday night sealed Bayern’s place in the last four of Europe’s elite competition for the first time since 2001.

“Scoring in an atmosphere like that is what you dream of as a kid,” said Robben after his spectacular volley to make the final score 3-2 to United, enough to see FCB through on away goals. Franck Ribéry’s slide-rule corner arced towards Robben, lurking on the edge of the box, before the 26-year-old produced the perfect hit to drill the ball just inside the far post. “I saw the ball from a long way out, and I tried to hit it with technique and not so much power. Technique was the better solution,” he remarked, breaking into a broad grin.