Paul Oberjuerge | May 2, 2013
The Germans secured a place in the Uefa Champions League final last night, their 10th berth in the game to decide Europe’s top club side. Paul Oberjuerge looks at the Bavarians five most recent finals.
In a bitter defeat in their own stadium, Bayern conceded an equaliser from Chelsea’s Didier Drogba in the 88th minute and, after 30 minutes of extra time did not break the 1-1 deadlock, it went to a shoot-out. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s attempt was tipped away by Petr Cech, and Drogba’s spot-kick won it for the English side.
Bayern fell victim to Jose Mourinho’s tactical brilliance. His Inter Milan side had defeated Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-finals by “parking the bus” in front of goal, and in the final Inter’s counter-attacks against the German side led to goals by the Argentine Diego Milito in the 35th and 70th minutes, and a 2-0 victory.
The German team won their fourth European Cup in a shoot-out over Valencia. Gaizka Mendieta’s third-minute penalty was cancelled out by Stefan Effenberg’s 50th-minute spot-kick, and the game went to a shoot-out. Bayern won 5-4 when Oliver Kahn saved Mauricio Pellegrino’s effort.
Bayern led Manchester United 1-0 after 90 minutes, thanks to a sixth-minute goal by Mario Basler. However, Teddy Sheringham scored in the 91st minute, and the game seemed headed for extra time. But a corner two minutes later by David Beckham was headed on by Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored the winner.
The midfielder Ludwig Kogl gave the Bayern of Lothar Matthaus the lead in the 25th minute, and the German side nursed the advantage until the final 15 minutes. The Algerian striker Rabah Madjer equalised for Porto in the 77th minute, and the Brazilian Juary won it for the Portuguese side in the 81st minute.