Bayern Munich defeat PSG 1-0 to win their Sixth Champions League crown


Bayern Munich defeat PSG 1-0 to win their Sixth Champions League crown

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Bayern Munich set a record of Eleven straight wins in a single UEFA Champions League season culminating in a 1- 0 victory over PSG in the final.

Kingsley Coman’s well placed header from a clever chip by Joshua Kimmich was the only goal of an eventful contest in Lisbon. Bayern started brightly, in the attacking end, but a first scary moment came when Leon Goeretzka gave the ball away needlessly.

Photo courtesy UEFA – Kingsley Coman scored the only goal of the game

PSG began to make inroads and Neymar forced out a sensational stop from Neuer – typically of the German goalkeeper to stay switch on in big moments. Thiago Silva playing in his final game for the club – his seventh campaign was having a steady game at the back with Kimpembe. A fine flowing move on the right ended with Gnabry’s cross dealt with by the PSG captain.

Robert Lewandoski had an effort earlier dealt with by Navas, but his twisted turn and shot was only repelled by the post as Bayern upped the ante. PSG began to play nicely and one of those on the edge of the box presented Angel Di Maria with a big opportunity but he shot high albeit with his right. Bayern had concerns with Jerome Boateng a doubt for the game initially and coach Hansi Flick was forced into an early change with Niklas Sule coming on for his stricken colleague and the defence came under more pressure when Alphonso Davies got into Danielle Orsato’s book after impeding Kherer the PSG right back.

Robert Lewandoski has scored 55 goals this season

Bayern failed to create a clear cut chance despite their dominance in the middle as PSG’s guard were constantly on alert and it seemed they had taken the lead when a poor back pass from Alaba fell to Mbappe after nice work from Herrera, but he shot straight at Neuer. A dramatic end to the first half which was getting better and better saw Coman fall in the area under the challenge of Kherer, communications with VAR resulted in nothing doing and the half came to a close scoreless.

The game simmered at the start of the second half, as a lot of temperes flared with Parades and Gnabry getting booked. The games opener came as a lovely chip from Joshua Kimmich was planted back across goal by the head of Coman. Bayern began to smell blood and Presnel Kimpembe was alert to deal with a testing ball across goal and Thiago Silva was on hand to clear a Coman attempt which was going wide.

Thiago Alcantara controlled the game expertly

PSG made the first change as Parades made way for Marco Verrati as Bayern continued to dominate. Phillippe Coutinho came on for a tiring Gnabry.

Marquinhos found himself in an advanced position but couldn’t find a finish as Neuer denied him. It is fair to say PSG lacked the killer instincts as the continued to push for the equaliser and Choupo-Moting failed to make contact with the ball in a promising position at the start of added time in what was PSG’s last chance of the match.

The final whistle was met with huge cheers from the Bayern bench and players on the pitch as PSG counterparts were hard to console notably Neymar who got support from David Alaba.

Neymar needed to be consoled by Bayern players and teammates