Bayern Munich brush aside Lyon to set up PSG encounter

Bayern Munich advance to their 11th final of the competition to set up a PSG encounter in Lisbon after a Serge Gnabry brace powered them to a semi-final triumph over Lyon

Serge Gnabry was the man of the moment  as Bayern Munich defeated Lyon 3-0 to book their place in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain.

The German Champions came into the match days after the 8-2 hammering of Barcelona, but were fortunate not to be blown away by the French side in the early stages of the game.

Serge Gnabry, a scorer in the Barca obliteration opened the scoring, firing in a left footed rocket after cutting in from the right following a bright Lyon start to the game.

Lyon was made to pay at the other end after two missed opportunities in the opening quarter, with Memphis Depay firing wide after being sent through on goal following a rare Thiago error – while Karl Toko Ekambi hit the upright from close range after cutting in from the right.

Gnabry then scored the second, tapping in after Lewandowski’s scuffed shot was blocked by Anthony Lopes from point-blank range.

The in-form Robert Lewandowski made it three heading home a customary finish from a Joshua Kimmich delivery in the closing stages, making it his 55th goal of an excellent season for the Bundesliga Champions.

Marcelo headed Lyon’s first shot on target in the 56th minute as the French side improved in the second half and could have made matters interesting but for poor finishing in front of goal as Ekambi was left to rue missed chances.

Bayern also had some missed chances of their own – with Anthony Lopes left scrambling after a scuffed shot from Goretzka in the early stages – and substitute Philippe Coutinho’s tidy finish ruled out for offside after a slight touch from Goretzka.

Bayern undoubtedly deserve their spot on Sunday’s showdown, as they aim to complete a second treble in seven years. Bayern aiming for a sixth Champions League title will face a fired-up PSG side looking for their maiden title in what promises to be a thrilling encounter at the Estadio da Luz.

Key Opta Records

2 – Serge Gnabry becomes only the second German player to net two goals in a Champions League semi-final, following current teammate Thomas Müller back in 2012-13 (two goals v Barcelona).

9 – Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski has now scored in nine consecutive Champions League games; only Ruud Van Nistelrooy in 2003 (9) and Cristiano Ronaldo in 2018 (11) have scored in as many successive matches in the competition’s history.

11 – Bayern advance to the final of the European Cup/Champions League for the 11th time in the club’s history (equalling AC Milan’s record), with only Real Madrid (16) having appeared in more.

15 – Robert Lewandowski is only the second player to score 15+ Champions League goals in a single campaign after Cristiano Ronaldo (17 in 13-14, 16 in 15-16 & 15 in 17-18).

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