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In Pictures: A German duel for the European crown

May 26, 2013

Once the real battle, on the pitch, began, it became evident the arch rivals of the Bundesliga were going to scrap it out for the European title. Here, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery falls to the pitch while dueling with a Borussia Dortmund player. Peter P???
Once the real battle, on the pitch, began, it became evident the arch rivals of the Bundesliga were going to scrap it out for the European title. Here, Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery falls to the pitch while dueling with a Borussia Dortmund player. Peter P???
Finally after three years of hurt, Bayern were crowned European champions once again. Supporters got their flares out to celebrate a great moment in their club's history. Peter Kneffel / EPA
Finally after three years of hurt, Bayern were crowned European champions once again. Supporters got their flares out to celebrate a great moment in their club's history. Peter Kneffel / EPA
Joy came Bayern's way first through a strike from Mario Mandzukic, centre, in the 60th minute. Dortmund, though, equalised seven minutes later when Ilkay Gundogan scored from the spot. Kerim Okten / EPA
Joy came Bayern's way first through a strike from Mario Mandzukic, centre, in the 60th minute. Dortmund, though, equalised seven minutes later when Ilkay Gundogan scored from the spot. Kerim Okten / EPA
So near yet so far, Dortmund players were inconsolable at the end of the game, having come so close to silverware and with it history. Peter Powell / EPA
So near yet so far, Dortmund players were inconsolable at the end of the game, having come so close to silverware and with it history. Peter Powell / EPA
There was reward for Robben, eventually, with the Dutch winger breaking the deadlock in the 89th minute. The German Bundesliga champions were finally ahead in the game after being matched man-for-man for half an hour. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
There was reward for Robben, eventually, with the Dutch winger breaking the deadlock in the 89th minute. The German Bundesliga champions were finally ahead in the game after being matched man-for-man for half an hour. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with Jupp Heynckes, the manager after the game. It was a perfect send-off for the legendary manager who said he was retiring following a successful career in football and at Bayern. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images
Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with Jupp Heynckes, the manager after the game. It was a perfect send-off for the legendary manager who said he was retiring following a successful career in football and at Bayern. Shaun Botterill / Getty Images
Spare a thought for the followers of Dortmund who arrived at Wembley with plenty of expectation. They would, nevertheless, have been proud of their team's performance this season. Johannes Eisele / AFP
Spare a thought for the followers of Dortmund who arrived at Wembley with plenty of expectation. They would, nevertheless, have been proud of their team's performance this season. Johannes Eisele / AFP
It was the biggest night for European football and needless to say German football as well, with the final being played between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - both Bundesliga clubs. It was also Bayern's third European Cup final in three years. Thei???
It was the biggest night for European football and needless to say German football as well, with the final being played between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - both Bundesliga clubs. It was also Bayern's third European Cup final in three years. Thei???
Everyone watched the clock as they reached injury time, with Bayern not takeing anything for granted given their shock defeat to Chelsea in last year's summit clash. Andrew Yates / AFP
Everyone watched the clock as they reached injury time, with Bayern not takeing anything for granted given their shock defeat to Chelsea in last year's summit clash. Andrew Yates / AFP
There was more scrap during the game with Ribery,in red, and Kevin Grosskreutz being booked. Alastair Grant / AP Photo
There was more scrap during the game with Ribery,in red, and Kevin Grosskreutz being booked. Alastair Grant / AP Photo
It was redemption time for Robben who had also played in the two previous finals when Bayern lost to Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea last year. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
It was redemption time for Robben who had also played in the two previous finals when Bayern lost to Inter Milan in 2010 and Chelsea last year. Stefan Wermuth / Reuters
Juergen Klopp, Heynckes' counterpart at Dortmund, could not believe the moment of truth. Klopp had overseen his club's progress over the past few years and winning the Champions League title would have been another feather in his cap. Phil Noble / Reuters
Juergen Klopp, Heynckes' counterpart at Dortmund, could not believe the moment of truth. Klopp had overseen his club's progress over the past few years and winning the Champions League title would have been another feather in his cap. Phil Noble / Reuters
Roman Weidenfeller, Dortmund's goalkeeper, was superb throughout the game and managed to stop the in-form Arjen Robben on a few occasions. Robben, the one to set up his team's first goal, was player of the match for Bayern last night. Gerry Penny / EPA
Roman Weidenfeller, Dortmund's goalkeeper, was superb throughout the game and managed to stop the in-form Arjen Robben on a few occasions. Robben, the one to set up his team's first goal, was player of the match for Bayern last night. Gerry Penny / EPA
Considering it was the first all-German final in the Uefa Champions League final ever, performers, very aptly, dressed as medieval soldiers from northern Europe and entertained during the opening ceremony at Wembley Stadium in London last night. Oliver La???
Considering it was the first all-German final in the Uefa Champions League final ever, performers, very aptly, dressed as medieval soldiers from northern Europe and entertained during the opening ceremony at Wembley Stadium in London last night. Oliver La???