Bayern make history as PSG’s wait for Champions League glory goes on

Uncategorized By Josh Barker Published: August 23, 2020 9:57 pm
Last Updated: August 23, 2020 10:28 pm

Bayern Munich vs PSG

The most coveted prize in club football was up for grabs on Sunday evening.

Bayern Munich faced off with French powerhouse PSG in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

For the latter of the sides, it was their first-ever time competing in the competition’s showpiece.

As for Bayern, they were aiming to land their 6th Champions League trophy, on the back of the club’s most recent triumph back in 2013.

To get to the final, PSG saw off Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta and RB Leipzig.

Meanwhile, Bayern beat Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon to reach Sunday’s clash.

Those three victories were just the latest in Bayern’s staggering winning run, which spanned 20 games before the Champions League final.


Considering the attacking quality, including the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, on display, coupled with Bayern’s tendency to play a high defensive line, many were expecting Sunday’s final to prove something of a goal-fest.

From the off this evening, Bayern quickly put their pressing game into effect, penning PSG into their own half in the process.

The Bavarians were unable to break the Ligue 1 champions down straight away, though, with Thiago’s wild long-range effort after five minutes Bayern’s first half-chance of the clash.

A mistake from Leon Goretzka after eight minutes, meanwhile, saw PSG handed their first opportunity, but little came of the ensuing free-kick.

Goretzka then made a key block from a Kylian Mbappe effort moments later, as the French outfit began to find their feet in the tie.

Shortly after, Joshua Kimmich had to shut down danger-man Mbappe once again, after the Frenchman got on the end of a lovely ball from Leandro Paredes.

Manuel Neuer then made a crucial double-save to prevent Neymar from opening the scoring.

After some sustained pressure from PSG, though, Robert Lewandowski went within inches an opener at the other end, when the hitman’s effort beat Keylor Navas, before hitting the post.

The end-to-end action didn’t stop there, as Angel Di Maria smashed a huge chance over with his weak foot 23 minutes in.

This was followed by Bayern being forced into an early change, as Jerome Boateng, who has been dealing with a number of injury issues in recent weeks, made way for Niklas Sule.

Lewandowski’s header on the 30-minute mark then forced a decent save from Navas, with both sides having looked primed to open the scoring at any moment.

A rare wayward David Alaba pass, meanwhile, nearly handed PSG the lead on a plate, but Mbappe’s effort was very poor.

As such, despite all of the aforementioned chances, and deadly attacking talent on show for both sides, the half-time whistle blew with the score at 0-0.

Bayern clinch 6th Champions League

The second 45 began in a similarly fast-paced fashion to the first, with the end-to-end action having continued.

There were very few actual chances forthcoming in the opening exchanges of the second-half, however.

This was until Kingsley Coman came up clutch for Bayern just before the hour mark.

After Joshua Kimmich whipped a lovely curling cross to the unmarked winger at the back post, Coman made no mistake with his headed finish past Navas.

The evening’s opener led to Thomas Tuchel almost immediately introducing Marco Verratti to the fray.

Bayern, though, only went on to step it up a gear after Coman’s opener, with the type of flowing attacking play that fans have become so accustomed to watching over recent weeks having finally shone through.

The German champions were moving the ball with much more pace and intent, and Coman easily could have had a second after 63 minutes.

PSG’s first chance of the second-half, meanwhile, came 3 minutes later, when Di Maria whipped a decent cross into Mbappe, who was unable to connect.

The Argentine then set up Marquinhos, but Neuer made another solid stop.

PSG also probably should have had a penalty when Kimmich clipped Mbappe’s heel, but VAR opted against checking the incident.

As such, amid their struggles to break Bayern down, PSG looked to the club’s saviour from their quarter-final victory, bringing on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting after 80 minutes.

The former Stoke striker was unable to reproduce his heroics from the last-eight, though, with Bayern having also done a solid job of nullifying the likes of Neymar and Mbappe throughout the second 45.

The final-whistle blew with the score at 1-0, as Bayern Munich secured their 6th Champions League title, thanks to former PSG man Kinglsey Coman.

Hansi Flick’s men also became the first side in history to clinch the trophy after winning every single outing across their Champions League campaign.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.


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