Posted by Devang Desai under Uefa Champions League, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund on May 25, 2013
Dortmund come close. Again. Reus breaks away from Boateng and Neuer is required to save the day again. Nerves? What nerves.
BVB is taking the game to Bayern. Lewandowski plays off an advantage given by Rizzoli, sending a threatening shot at goal that is stopped by Neuer. On the ensuing corner Neuer makes another save to keep the score level. Dortmund looks fantastic.
Blaszczykowski sends a shot hurtling over the bar after some good work in the midfield by Marco Reus. Goetze? Who needs him.
Another corner for BVB as Gundogan sends a ball in that requires a touch from Boateng. Both teams feeling each other out thus far.
Lewandowski has an early chance deflected for a corner. Nothing comes of it. Dortmund will need the Polish star to do his best Drogba impression.
Here we go!
Bayern’s ‘warrior’ looks a little out of shape. The spectacle has reached its climax and the game hasn’t started yet. Real Talk: this is pretty ridiculous.
A game of human chess leads the pre-match ceremonies. We’re all pawns in the end.
Am told Robert Lewandowski’s advisers have already been invited to Bayern’s post-final party. Nothing like planning ahead…
— Tom Williams (@tomwfootball) May 25, 2013
So there’s that.
Webster’s dictionary defines champion as the winner of first prize or first place in a competition. Webster’s defines league as a group of sports teams that regularly play each other. Finally, Webster’s defines final as relating to the ultimate purpose or result of a process. This is why you don’t write lede paragraphs at 5 am in the morning.
The day has come for the champions of champions to be crowned in London. 180,000 German football fans are in the English capital to observe the most highly anticipated match of the season. Dortmund will be without talisman Mario Goetze. Jurgen Klopp could push İlkay Gündoğan into an attacking role in order to compensate for the absence of
Judas Goetze. Bayern Munich is fully fit aside from long term injuries to Holger Badstuber and Toni Kroos.
Italian Nicola Rizzoli is your referee. He’s offciated big games before, including the 2010 UEFA Cup Final and three matches at Euro 2012. Rizzoli is an architect in his spare time.
15 degrees, clear skies and a 20% chance of rain. Expect rain.
Bayern Munich Starting XI: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Martinez, Schweinsteiger; Ribery, Muller, Robben; Mandzukic
Borussia Dortmund Starting XI: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Reus, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
Dortmund 2-2 Bayern (BVB win on penalties) – Robert Lewandowski will be the difference.