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LONDON---Borussia Dortmund s
pain in losing the Champions
League final 2-1 to bitter rival Bayern
Munich is exacerbated by the knowl-
edge it may never have a better
chance to win the trophy again.
Arjen Robben s 89th-minute win-
ner limited Dortmund s opportunities
to respond, but there is a sense Dort-
mund s opportunities of playing
another final are limited, too, as the
team faces the prospect of losing its
Mario Goetze has already decided
to join Bayern, which is paying the
rising star s 37 million euro buy-out
clause, and Robert Lewandowski
appears to be on the verge of joining
"We know Mario Goetze will be
joining us and I don t think
Lewandowski will be hanging about
too much either," Bayern coach Jupp
Heynckes said at Saturday s post-
match press conference.
Dortmund chief executive Hans-
Joachim Watzke reacted angrily on
"Jupp Heynckes should keep out
of it and just concentrate on the team
line-up for next Saturday," said
Watzke, referring to Bayern s German
Cup final date with Stuttgart.
Lewandowski is remaining tight-
lipped about his future plans, but
media reports that his agents Cezary
Kucharski and Maik Barthel were on
Bayern s guest list for the club s vic-
tory banquet in London did little to
quell the speculation.
It s hard to avoid the conclusion
he has played his last game for Dort-
The 24-year-old striker said he
was only thinking of resting for a few
days and then joining Polish team-
mates for a World Cup qualifier
against Moldova on June 7.
"I ll be back in Dortmund a little
after that," Lewandowski said. "I ll
go to the national team and then we ll
see what happens."
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp,
who previously said he expected
Lewandowski to stay, appeared willing
to accept his side will have a new
look next season.
"We ve to go on holidays and buy
some players. We need players
because other clubs want our players,"
Reports suggest that Lewandows-
ki s advisors have told Dortmund their
client only wants to play for Bayern
next season, forcing the club into the
uncomfortable position of selling to
its greatest rival or allow him to leave
for free next year.
Watzke, who had initially set a
deadline of May 15 for offers for
Lewandowski, said Bayern still had
not formally registered its interest in
the Polish forward.
"I don t know how close Jupp
Heynckes is to Bayern s management.
But if Bayern really wants
Lewandowski, it would be good if we
found out about it, too," Watzke said
If Dortmund decides to hold
Lewandowski to his contract, it would
forgo an estimated transfer fee of
around 25 million euros. But Dort-
mund chief executive Hans-Joachim
Watzke has indicated the club is pre-
pared to do that.
"If Robert stays, the chances of
qualifying for the Champions League
again next season are better. We
earned significant amounts in the
competition this season," he said
before the final.
Lewandowski has scored 54 goals
in 98 Bundesliga games, while also
helping set up 20 more. He managed
10 goals in the Champions League,
two less than competition top-scorer
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
Rather than selling to Bayern, a
direct rival, Dortmund would be more
likely to contemplate selling to a for-
eign club, opening the possibility for
other interested teams like Chelsea,
Manchester City or Real Madrid to
make their move.
Lewandowski will have the final
say, however, and if he decides he
wants Bayern, it will happen this year
Dortmund rues missing golden opportunity
ROME---Lazio took city bragging
rights by beating Roma 1-0 yes-
terday in a derby to win a heated
Italian Cup final and maintain its
recent edge in the series.
Senad Lulic scored in the 71st
minute at the Stadio Olimpico after
goalkeeper Bogdan Lobont failed to
clear a cross from Antonio Can-
dreva, leaving the unmarked
Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder to
put the ball into the net at the far
"This victory won t be forgotten,"
Lulic said. "I found myself there in
the right moment. I dedicate this
goal to my wife, who is pregnant."
Lazio has now won four of the
last five derbies, with the last meet-
ing a 1-1 draw in April. Its sixth
Italian Cup title also earned Lazio
a spot in next season s Europa
League group phase.
Worries of fan violence at the
match were high and there were
brief clashes despite the presence
of thousands of police officers both
inside and outside the stadium.
Also, South Korean rapper PSY
was met with boos and small fire-
work explosions during a pre-game
performance. Organizers responded
by raising the volume while he sang
his hit, "Gangnam Style," to drown
out the dissent.
Roma started with an attacking
4-2-3-1 lineup featuring Erik
Lamela, Francesco Totti and Mar-
quinho behind center forward Mat-
tia Destro. Lazio countered with a
4-5-1 spearheaded by veteran Ger-
many forward Miroslav Klose.
Klose had the first opportunity
four minutes in but missed wide.
Totti, Roma s 36-year-old cap-
tain, had his club s first chance in
the ninth, a bouncing shot that was
stopped by Lazio goalkeeper Fed-
erico Marchetti near the post.
A minute later, United States
midfielder Michael Bradley dribbled
free and had a clear look at the tar-
get but sent his angled effort wide.
Klose had an even better chance
in the 35th but his close-range
header was blocked by Lobont.
Roma also wasted a header in the
45th when Destro s effort from
within the box sailed over the bar.
Five yellow cards were handed
out in the first half, with both sides
playing very physically.
The physical battle continued at
the start of the second half and
Lazio captain Cristian Ledesma
exited on a stretcher in the 53rd
following contact with Destro.
Eventually the match opened up
and there was end-to-end action,
with Totti producing three more
shots and Klose failing to redirect
a volley cross from Mauri, Ledes-
ma s replacement, in the 68th.
Two minutes after Lulic s goal,
Roma thought it had scored with
a free kick from Totti that bounced
off Marchetti and the underside of
the bar but the ball did not go in.
In the 90th, Panagiotis Tachtsidis
was shown a red card on Roma s
bench for protests and Totti then
received a yellow, also for protests.
In all, eight yellow cards---four
for each side---and one red were
Ahead of the game, police con-
fiscated bags of knives, rocks, clubs
and other homemade weapons hid-
den outside the stadium. Still, fans
inside the stadium set off loud fire-
works throughout the match and
the start of the second half was
delayed when smoke bombs were
thrown onto the pitch.
As for the reception during PSY s
performance, the rapper appeared
embarrassed but told fans afterward
in Italian, "I love Italy." It was
unclear if the boos were of a racist
nature, although fans for both clubs
have come under attack this season
for racist chanting.
Lazio beats Roma 1-0 to win Italian Cup final
LISBON---Benfica s miserable
end to the season got even worse
yesterday when it conceded two
late goals to lose the Portuguese
Cup final 2-1 to Guimaraes, leav-
ing it without silverware after
being in contention for three
Benfica lost the final of the
Europa League to Chelsea and
was leading the Portuguese league
until the second-to-last round
when it lost to eventual champion
Benfica went ahead thanks to
Nicolas Gaitan s goal on the half-
hour mark and looked set to end
its season with a trophy.
But Guimaraes forward
Soudani El Arbi equalized in the
80th, and two minutes later
Ricardo Barbosa grabbed the win-
ner to complete the dramatic
It was Guimaraes first Por-
tuguese cup after having lost five
Guimaraes beats Benfica
in Portuguese Cup final
GLASGOW---Gary Hooper scored
twice in the first half as Celtic beat
Hibernian 3-0 yesterday in the final
of the Scottish Cup to complete the
domestic double for Neil Lennon s
The league champions went close
as early as the seventh minute when
Hoops keeper Fraser Forster made a
great save from a close-range header
from Eoin Doyle at Hampden Park.
Hooper ran up the pitch moments
later and scored the first of two almost
identical goals, both coming from
Anthony Stokes crosses.
Midfielder Joe Ledley sealed the win
with a 79th-minute strike.
It was Celtic s 36th cup triumph
while Hibernian has not won the com-
petition since 1902.
Celtic takes Scottish Cup
Lazio midfielder Senad Lulic, of Bosnia, center, kicks the ball between AS
Roma forward Erik Lamela, of Argentina, left, and defender Nicolas
Burdisso, also of Argentina, during their Italian Cup, final soccer match at
Rome's Olympic stadium, yesterday. AP Photo
Players of Borussia Dortmund react after being defeated by Bayern Munich
in the Champions League Final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in
London, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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