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Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich, 2013 UEFA Champions League final: Robben wins it for Bayern

So much for being a choker: Arjen Robben has won the 2013 Champions League final for Bayern Munich with an 88th-minute goal.

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Where can Guardiola take Bayern Munich from here?

Pep Guardiola has a big task on his hands to improve this Bayern Munich side, but a real dynasty is something the European Champions have lacked for some time.

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Bayern-Dortmund Player Ratings (Radiohead edition)

Our player ratings for the Champions League final follow the theme of Radiohead albums, which probably fit the listening choices of a lot of Dortmund fans right now.

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Champions League final talking points

Reactions from Bayern Munich's victory over Borussia Dortmund, and looking into what's next for both sides.

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Recap: Bayern-Dortmund in GIFs, tweets and videos

Bayern Munich are the European Champions after they defeated Borussia Dortmund, 2-1, at Wembley. Here, we retell the game in GIFs, tweets, and videos.

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Robben the hero, Bayern the champions

For the fifth time in their history, Bayern Munich are the champions of Europe. Jupp Heynckes goes out in style, leaving the Bavarian side after guiding them to a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

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Ilkay Gündogan's penalty ties the match at 1-1

Update: Bayern Munich win 2-1 to capture Champions League title

Just when it looked like Bayern Munich had everything in control, Dortmund stormed back, earning a penalty and evening the match at 1-1 thanks to a smooth finish by Ilkay Gündogan.

Dortmund were again close in the 66th minute after hitting Bayern on the counter-attack, but a determined Franck Ribery did a tremendous job backtracking to cut off Lukasz Piszczek.

A minute later, Dortmund were given a lifeline after Dante kicked Marco Reus across the knee in the area, and the referee wasted no time pointing to the spot and awarding BVB a penalty. It was an extremely clumsy challenge and there was no doubt on the call.

Surprisingly, it wasn't Robert Lewandowski who stepped up to take the penalty — it was Ilkay Gündogan. He wasted little time, calmly approaching the ball and sending Manuel Neuer the wrong direction to even the match at 1-1.

Game on at Wembley.

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Mario Mandzukic puts Bayern ahead, 1-0

Update: Bayern Munich win 2-1 to capture Champions League title

Bayern slowed the match tempo way down from the opening whistle of the half, and patiently ground away at Dortmund before finally taking the lead on a goal from Mario Mandzukic.

It was more of the same in terms of Dortmund looking comfortable and in control as the second half opened up. Bayern's wing play has been nearly non-existent with Philipp Lahm struggling to get involved and Franck Ribery being borderline invisible.

But things would change.

Bayern finally had their first real good spell of possession in the Dortmund even about seven minutes into the half. BVB reacted perfectly, though, pulling back into a well-organized defensive formation and letting Bayern pass around. When they finally sent a pass into the area, Mats Hummels was all over the play and earned a goal kick to clear the danger.

Javi Martinez had the first good chance of the half on a close-range header off a corner, but again Roman Weidenfeller was up to the task.

Finally, in the 60th minute, Bayern broke through. Arjen Robben took control near the end line on the left side, brought the ball back perfectly and centered to Mandzukic for the wide-open tap-in to give Bayern a 1-0 lead. Dortmund were to blame for the goal after three defenders over-pursued the ball, allowing Robben into open space on the left edge on the box.

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Face saves are the best saves

Ouch.

Ouch.

Not in the face.

OUCH.

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We are working to confirm that Roman Weidenfeller has adopted "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" as his new theme song.

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It's the goalkeeper show at Wembley

Both Manuel Neuer and Roman Weidenfeller are playing out of their minds as we've reached halftime of the Champions League final with no goals scored.

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Franck Ribery joins the Cobra Kai Dojo

Franck Ribery has taken to flying elbows, and the referee has taken to missing them.

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Just remember, Daniel LaRusso wins in the end. And he gets the girl.

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Dortmund dominating, but no goals yet

Update: Bayern Munich win 2-1 to capture Champions League title

As we reach the half hour mark of the Champions League final it's all Borussia Dortmund everywhere except the scoreboard. If not for some excellent goalkeeping the "underdogs" could have very well been up by a goal or two.

Marco Reus got free in the 19th minute, showing his speed and quickness on a counter attack out of nowhere, but his shot from just on the edge of the Bayern area was parried away by Manuel Neuer. Three minutes later Dortmund were back again as Kevin Grosskreutz chased down a deflected ball into the left corner and centered back to Sven Bender for a low shot toward the far post that Neuer was able to smother.

Franck Ribery got away with what appeared to be an intentional shot on Robert Lewandowski's face in the 24th minute but the referee either missed the call or interpreted the play differently.

Bayern finally awoke in the 26th minute when Mario Mandzukic's header from close range was kept out by a wonderful reaction save from Roman Weidenfeller. On the ensuring corner, Javi Martinez got free but his header spun over the bar into the top netting.

Arjen Robben caught Dortmund napping in the 30th minute, getting behind the defense and breaking in alone against Weidenfeller. Robben looked to have the space to round the goalkeeper but instead he tried to force the ball past Weidenfeller, who'd charged off his line to make the important save.

At this point the biggest fear for Dortmund is a crack in their dominating midfield work allowing Bayern to steal a completely undeserved goal.

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Dortmund looking dangerous in the opening minutes

Update: Bayern Munich win 2-1 to capture Champions League title

No goals in the opening 15 minutes at Wembley Stadium but it was hardly a dull opener to this Champions League final. Entertaining, open play in the midfield, some shaky moments from defenders, but ultimately a lack of sharpness from both sides.

The opening five minutes were the careful, dare I say nervy, start that you might expect in a major European final. Dortmund looked the better team on the attack, earning an early corner and putting Bayern under some pressure. The sharpness wasn't really there though for either side as all the pre-game hype finally melted into the reality of playing 90 minutes of soccer.

The first real effort on goal came in the 10th minute after a prolonged stretch of back-and-forth action that primarily occured in the midfield. Dortmund finally were able to move into the attacking third and after Kevin Grosskreutz's initial pass was blocked, he jumped back the ball and unleashed a shot that curled well away from danger.

Robert Lewanshowski had the first official shot on goal in the 13th minute, blasting an effort from 25-yards out that was pushed over the crossbar by Manuel Neuer. A minute later Neuer denied Jakub Blaszczykowski, blocking away a re-directed cross from short range.

It's all Dortmund so far.

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Champions League final underway

Update: Bayern Munich win 2-1 to capture Champions League title

We've kicked off from Wembley Stadium in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final. Obviously every Champions League final is massive for both teams, but this is an especially important one for Borussia Dortmund. They were beaten head-to-head in the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal this season, failing to capture any domestic awards after capturing them in the years prior.

The big story in this game is the absence of Mario Götze, the Dortmund star who has already agreed to go to Bayern this summer. He was unable to recover from a hamstring injury in time to play. Some thought that Sebastian Kehl might get a start in a more defensive Dortmund side, but Jürgen Klopp has picked his normal team, with Kevin Großkreutz taking Götze's place.

Early on, keep an eye on both midfields. Ilkay Gündogan is the key man for Dortmund and will be asked to do a lot of creating and defending. Meanwhile, Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger picked up a knock on his ankle in training, though he was able to shake it off and make a start.

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VIDEO: Champions League hangout with KICK TV

SB Nation Soccer writers Ryan Rosenblatt and Zach Woosley join Jimmy Conrad and KICK TV for pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage of the UEFA Champions League final.

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Bayern, BVB matching 4-2-3-1 formations

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will match 4-2-3-1 formations.

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Mario Götze's 'interesting' wardrobe

The injured Dortmund, soon to be Bayern, attacking midfielder has an interesting outfit for today's Champions League final.

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Lineups for the Champions League final

Sebastian Kehl will sit for Borussia Dortmund, with Kevin Großkreutz preferred. There are no surprises in the Bayern Munich lineup.

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Mats Hummels fit for the final

After losing Mario Götze midway through the week, Borussia Dortmund got a boost with the news that defender Mats Hummels will be available to play today.

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Rizzoli to referee final

Nicola Rizzoli will take over the biggest match of his career at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.

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Numbers say Bayern are Champions League favorites

With mere hours to go until the kickoff of today's final, it's time to take one last look at the numbers and how they could affect the match.

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Midfield battle the key at Wembley

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are in top form. Can Ilkay Gündogan make an impact, and does Jürgen Klopp have a surprise up his sleeve?

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Dortmund's road to Wembley

Borussia Dortmund weren't supposed to be in the Champions League final but thanks to an outstanding performance in the group stages, a little bit of stoppage time magic, BVB find the European Cup within their grasp.

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Dortmund's product suffers by catering to fans

Mario Götze is on his way out at Borussia Dortmund, following in the footsteps of Shinji Kagawa and Nuri Sahin, because there's a cost to keeping football accessible to all.

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Bayern Munich: Dynasty in the making

Bayern Munich have landed in consecutive Champions League finals, and in 2013 set a Bundesliga record for points in a season. But this is only the beginning. Here are three reasons why the Bavarians will dominate the soccer world for years to come.

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Bayern's road to Wembley

Bayern Munich's goal ever since last year's disappointing loss at home in the Champions League final to Chelsea has been redemption. They'll get that shot against Dortmund but first lets follow their road to Wembley.

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Bayern vs. Dortmund: A primer for new fans

The final of the 2013 UEFA Champions League is today at Wembley Stadium in England between two German clubs. For all the new and casual fans planning on watching the game, we here at SBNation Soccer are here to help get you prepared.

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Bayern's academy keeps producing stars

Bayern Munich's academy has produced some outstanding talent in recent years. With the club venturing on their third Champions League Final in the last four years, it's only fitting that this production line gets praised.

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Big absences for both Dortmund and Bayern

Both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will be missing important players as they go head-to-head for the Champions League trophy on Saturday.

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Bayern big favorites in Champions League final

This isn't necessarily a true David vs. Goliath matchup, but there's no real reason to believe that Borussia Dortmund have the players and gameplan to defeat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday.

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How does Mario Gotze's absence impact Dortmund?

Bayern's bias down the right flank will influence Jurgen Klopp's crucial decision about how to adapt to the loss of Mario Götze.

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Can Bayern exorcise some ghosts tomorrow?

Tomorrow's Champions League final at Wembley is a chance for Bayern Munich to exorcise some ghosts and put their stamp of dominance on this year's European season.

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Could BVB switch formations in the final?

With Mario Götze out and Bayern Munich possessing two of the best central midfielders in the world, Jürgen Klopp might alter his formation slightly to match up with the Bavarians in the middle.

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With Götze out, what will Dortmund do?

Before the news about Mario Götze's injury came out, Bavarian Football Works was already thinking about how Dortmund would adjust to the possible absence of their central attacking midfielder.

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BVB's last hurrah

This could be Borussia Dortmund's last chance to win a Champions League title for a long time. As for Bayern Munich, get used to seeing a lot of them.

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Götze out of Saturday's final

Dortmund will be without Mario Götze on Saturday after being unable to overcome a hamstring injury sustained in late April.

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