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FCB beat BVB with blend of skill and fight

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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.