Schweinsteiger says desire to play final at home spurred Bayern
Shootout hero Bastian Schweinsteiger says desire to play final at home spurred Bayern to victory over Real Madrid
Bayern Munich’s penalty shoot-out heroes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer are both looking forward to taking on Chelsea on home soil in the Champions League final. Schweinsteiger scored the decisive penalty which put out Real Madrid in the semi-finals last night and Neuer saved spot-kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka at the Bernabeu to eliminate Jose Mourinho’s side.
Ronaldo had earlier scored from the penalty spot and added a second before Arjen Robben’s penalty levelled the tie on aggregate and took the game into extra time. Mario Gomez and David Alaba also scored for Bayern in the shoot-out but Philipp Lahm and Toni Kroos saw their efforts saved by Iker Casillas. After Neuer had saved from Ronaldo and Kaka, Xabi Alonso netted his effort from the spot before Sergio Ramos fired over the bar, leaving Schweinsteiger the unenviable task of stepping up to fire Bayern into the final.
Schweinsteiger told the club website, www.fcb.de: “Ever since it was announced that the final would be in Munich, we all had only one target: to get there. Now we have one more match at home, and we want to win it.” Bayern also take on Borussia Dortmund in the final of the DFB-Pokal and Neuer hopes they can make it a Champions League and domestic cup double. “It’s great we have two finals ahead of us,” said Neuer.