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.