Olic hat trick takes Bayern to Champion's League final

AFP - [email protected] • 28 Apr, 2010 Updated Wed 28 Apr 2010 08:15 CEST
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Croatia international striker Ivica Olic netted a spectacular three goals against Lyon on Tuesday night to take his team Bayern Munich to the Champions league final.

Arjen Robben said he was looking forward to reacquainting himself with the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu after Bayern Munich booked their place in this season's final.

The team will contest the May 22 showpiece at the home of Real Madrid against either Barcelona or Inter Milan after swatting aside Lyon 3-0 at Stade Gerland here on Tuesday to secure a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Bayern's progress to their first European final since they last won the tournament in 2001 means Robben will return to the home of his former club.

The free-scoring Dutch international winger joined Bayern from Real in August 2009 after an often injury-plagued two-year spell in the Spanish capital.

His departure was hastened by the return of big-spending Real president Florentino Perez and although Robben expressed reluctance to leave at the time, he now feels he made the right decision.

"I'm very happy to be going back to Madrid," he said. "I made a very good decision in joining Bayern, and I knew that even before we qualified for the final. I feel really good at this club. We've already had a superb season and it will be huge if we win the treble."

Bayern currently lead the Bundesliga on goal difference from Schalke with two games to play and will face holders Werder Bremen in the German Cup final on May 15.

They are on course for one of the most successful seasons in their glittering history and young forward Thomas Müller conceded he was struggling to take it all in.

"I still can't quite believe that I'm going to play in the Champions League final in my first season with the senior squad," said the 20-year-old. "We could win a historic treble, we're looking forward and we take enormous pleasure from playing together."

Croatia international striker Ivica Olic was the star man for Bayern in Tuesday's second leg, netting a hat trick to take his goal tally in this season's competition to seven - one behind Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Lyon managed just a single shot on target over the course of the 90 minutes and Olic admitted to being surprised by their lacklustre showing.

"I thought Lyon would be stronger than that, but after the first goal, they folded," he said. "After the 26th minute (when Olic scored his first goal), they stopped believing.

"This team can't manage to score three goals against Grenoble (Ligue 1's already relegated bottom club). How do you think they're going to score three against Bayern?"



AFP 2010/04/28 08:15

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