Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Olic hat trick takes Bayern to Champion's League final

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.

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