presented by
Menu
Perfect in parts

FCB beat BVB with blend of skill and fight

You knew something special was on the cards. Unusually, the Allianz Arena was packed to capacity a full half-hour before kick-off. The fans chanted their heroes’ names as the players warmed up. And a couple of minutes later than scheduled, shortly after 8.30 pm, the curtain went up: Bayern in red and Dortmund in yellow took to the stage. The South Terrace loyalists mounted an impressive choreographed display. The DFB Cup quarter-final the whole of Germany had been looking forward to was set to go – and from a Bayern point of view, the 90 top-class minutes of football were a real treat. A superb Arjen Robben finish on 43 minutes earned FCB a tight but fully merited 1-0 victory over champions and cup holders Dortmund, sending the Reds through to this season's semi-finals.

“And we could have scored two or three goals more," summarised FCB president Uli Hoeneß, “we played perfect football at times." Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was just as proud: “It's our 113th birthday, so it's very good to win," the chairman said.

News