Created on 26-05-2013 at 00:00 AM
Not again, thought Arjen Robben. Not another jinxed final. Twice in the first half, the Dutch ace was poised to score the opening goal but was foiled. And when Ilkay Gündogan levelled midway through the second half, it seemed the winger's fourth international final could end in misery. But not this time! Robben seized fate by the scruff of the neck, raced onto Franck Ribéry's lay-off, and sealed Bayern's Champions League triumph.
“It's a dream, after so many huge disappointments," said the scorer of the winning goal, “you don't want to end as a loser, you want to win at some point." These are the stories which sport, and in this case football, write so brilliantly and so often.
A year ago, in the Champions League final on home turf, Robben could have been the hero. A goal from the penalty spot in extra time would surely have won FCB the trophy. But only a short time later Chelsea had the prize in their hands, and the world fell apart for Robben and his club. The player was even jeered and whistled in a friendly in Munich a few days later, as the fans gave vent to their pain.