Low praises Bayern after 'high-class' final
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German national team coach Joachim Low has paid tribute to Bayern Munich after the Bavarians beat fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund to win the Champions League.

Arjen Robben's 89th-minute strike was sufficient to beat Jurgen Klopp's side 2-1 at Wembley as they finally tasted victory in their third final in four seasons. It meant the Germans became five-time European champions and Low was quick to acknowledge the contribution of both teams while offering congratulations to Jupp Heynckes' side.

Low, quoted in the German press, said: "Congratulations to Bayern Munich on winning the Champions League. I especially congratulate Jupp Heynckes on this success. It was a high-class, fast-moving final with all that is good about football. Both teams have shown they were rightly in the final.

"Dortmund made it extremely difficult for the Bavarians, especially in the first half. During the second half, Bayern had a lot of pressure and scored the decisive goal. Anyone who is in a Champions League final three times in four years deserves to win the title. Maybe Bayern this year were simply in line."

National team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: "Europe has seen a very big final with 11 national team players on the pitch at kick-off. I congratulate Bayern Munich, as well as Borussia Dortmund, what a grand final! Today we have witnessed a great moment for German football which was watched by the whole of Europe."

Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German Football Association (DFB), said: "My compliments go to both clubs because they have represented German football sensationally this season in the Champions League.

"Congratulations to Bayern - after the bitter defeat last year they showed a great response and absolutely deserve this title. I am particularly pleased that my old friend Jupp Heynckes crowns his career with this unique coaching triumph."