Bayern Munich have landed a historic second treble in eight years after Kingsley Coman scored the only goal to secure a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s intense Champions League final.
Bayern Munich were not up to their fluid best for some periods of the match at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, but Coman settled the tie with a goal to deny his old club a much sought after first Champions League title.
His well-directed header made sure Bayern Munich emulated their treble winning side coached by Jupp Heynckes in the 2012-13 season.
The final was lacking in goals with the first half ending goalless, falling short of expectations based on the side’s exploits coming into this match. The first period was lacking the deadly touch which was widely expected, with Neymar, Mbappe and Robert Lewandowski all missing good chances.
Coman, who started his career at PSG, broke the deadlock in the 59th minute causing the contest to open up significantly.
German stopper, Manuel Neuer made a string of crucial saves to deny Neymar and Mbappe and keep the Bavarians in the game.
But, while the French side might feel they were wrongly denied a penalty in an incident involving Mbappe and Joshua Kimmich, Hansi Flick’s men held on to seal their sixth European title.
PSG settled faster into the game and had their first chance in the 19th minute, but Manuel Neuer made a crucial block Neymar’s left-footed effort.
Bayern then sprung into life and went even closer soon after as Lewandowski spun in the area and struck the left-hand post, but still PSG looked sharper.
Life became tougher for Bayern when Jerome Boateng was forced to withdraw through injury making way for Niklas Sule, though Lewandowski again forced Keylor Navas into a save with a close-range header just past the half-hour mark.
Manuel Neuer then had to be at his best at the other end on the cusp of half-time, collecting Mbappe’s tame strike after the ball was given away in a dangerous area.
The second half began as a closer contest, however, Bayern produced some fluid play just before the hour mark and it brought the decisive goal.
Thomas Muller laid a Serge Gnabry cross into Kimmich’s path just outside the box and his enticing delivery to the back post was calmly headed home by Coman.
PSG mounted a response immediately and almost had the leveller when Neuer saved from Marquinhos, while Kimmich’s trip on Mbappe in the Bayern area went unpunished a few minutes later.
Neymar then curled just wide – with substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting almost getting a meaningful touch on it – in injury time, but Bayern held on as PSG could not find a way.
Despite this being their best campaign, PSG failed to impose themselves on the game with their attacking trident coming short against an excellent Neuer.
Mbappe and Neymar left their shooting boots, with both superstars spurning decent chances as they failed to impose themselves in a match in dire need of individual magic. Di Maria was replaced after failing to create a single chance and a dreadful miss.
PSG have failed at the first time of asking, reaching their first final and loosing to a remarkable Bayern side who have won their sixth European crown and a historic second treble.
1 – Robert Lewandowski scored 55 goals for Bayern Munich in 2019-20 – 16 more than the next player across Europe’s top five leagues in all competitions.
6 – Bayern Munich have lifted the European Cup/Champions League for a sixth time (level with Liverpool) and for the first time since 2012-13. Only Real Madrid (13) and AC Milan (7) have been crowned champions on more occasions.
7 – All of the previous seven teams playing in their first European Cup/Champions League final have all lost, the last first-time Champions being Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.
30 & 21 – Bayern Munich completed the 2019-20 season unbeaten in their last 30 games (W29 D1), winning each of their final 21 matches in all competitions.
55 – On only four other occasions has a coach older than Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick (55y 181d) won the UEFA Champions League.
100% – Bayern Munich are the first side in European Cup/Champions League history to win all of their games in a single campaign en route to winning the trophy (11 wins).
500 – Bayern Munich becomes the third side to score 500 UEFA Champions League goals, just after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).
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