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Wed Apr 16 07:22:19 SAST 2014

Robben rues penalty blunder

TEAMtalk Media | 21 May, 2012 11:370 Comments
FC Bayern Muenchen v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Final
Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich looks dejected after their defeat in the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at the Allianz Arena on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany
Image by: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Arjen Robben is wallowing in self-pity after he squandered a penalty which could easily have seen Bayern Munich win the Champions League.

After a dismal showing, by his high standards, Robben's extra-time penalty miss gave hope to his former club with the sides level pegging.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba had brought down Bayern's Franck Ribiery in the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to spot.

The Holland international had the opportunity to seal the win for Bayern, however, Petr Cech stood his ground and saved the spot-kick.

Chelsea eventually bagged the victory in the penalty shootout that was to follow, leaving Robben struggling to come to terms with his earlier miss.

"I can't describe how I feel with words, but it's been a terrible night," Robben told Sky Sports.

"Two or three times you feel you have the cup in your hands [during the match] but at the end you stand with nothing.

"It wasn't a good penalty. I wanted to shoot the ball hard and high in the goal, but the ball didn't go high enough. It was a terrible penalty kick. After that, I still played well but you have to change your mindset at that point [of the penalty miss]."

Robben claims Drogba and UEFA president Michel Platini tried to cheer him up but the disappointed winger remained sombre.

"The fact that Drogba and Platini tried to cheer me up was nice, but it's worth nothing," Robben added. "I wanted that cup but it didn't happen."

Thomas Mueller believes the better side did not win the final. The Germany international - who opened the scoring for his side - pointed to Bayern's inability to convert goalscoring opportunities as another reason for the defeat.

"That is football, we have seen it in the past. It is not always the better team that have the cup in the end," Mueller told Sky Sports.

"When you score in front of your own fans so close to the end and then you watch Chelsea holding the cup, you can see that a lot has happened. It is hard to find words for that, but football is not everything."

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