Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich: Bundesliga champions book spot in Champions League final


Serge Gnabry celebrates his goal against Lyon

The winger’s double helped book a showdown with PSG after the French champions’ 3-0 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed his 55th goal of the season late on as Bayern continued their unstoppable march to the final after their 8-2 quarter-final humiliation of Barcelona.

Lyon, quarter-final conquerors of Manchester City, had plenty of chances before Bayern struck with Memphis Depay going close and Karl Toko Ekambi hitting the post.

But five-time winners Bayern will now aim to reclaim the trophy they last won in 2013 in Lisbon on Sunday.

In an astonishingly open start Lyon had the opportunities to put themselves in control of the match.

Depay shot into the side netting as he tried to round Manuel Neuer before Bayern wasted their own excellent chance after 11 minutes.

Leon Goretzka swapped smart passes with Lewandowski but miscued his shot and Anthony Lopes was able to scramble it behind.

Ligue 1 Lyon side continued to cause Bayern problems though and Jerome Boateng made a crucial interception from Maxwel Cornet’s cross as Ekambi waited in the middle.

Ekambi then had another chance after 17 minutes only for his low effort to come off the base of the post.

And the forward and Lyon were left to rue the missed chances when Gnabry brilliantly opened the scoring 60 seconds later.

The former Arsenal winger collected the ball on the right and cut inside and, with Lyon unable to stop him, unleashed a sensational drive into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Bayern took control and Lopes saved Gnabry’s low drive before the winger grabbed his second after 33 minutes.

The 25-year-old started the move and fed Ivan Perisic, Lewandowski somehow failed to convert the Croatian’s cross but Gnabry pounced from close range for his 23rd goal of the season.

Lyon could not handle the ex-West Brom loanee and Lewandowski just failed to connect with his cross eight minutes before the break.

Hansi Flick’s Bayern remained in charge after the restart and Perisic should have made it 3-0 only for Lopes to save his tame effort.

Lyon needed to score to find any way back in the game but Marcelo sent a header too close to Neuer.

The German international then stopped Ekambi from pulling a goal back after 59 minutes.

Moussa Dembele, on for Depay, found Houssem Aouar whose low ball was begging to be converted but Neuer blocked Ekambi’s strike.

Despite the warnings, Bayern refused to panic and regained their composure, with Philippe Coutinho curling wide with 12 minutes left.

The Barcelona loanee then had a goal ruled out for offside but Lewandowski wrapped up victory with two minutes left.

Joshua Kimmich swung in a free-kick and the Poland striker’s header found the bottom corner.

Opta facts

  • FC Bayern München will play in 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 participated in more.
  • Lyon have been eliminated in both of their Champions League semi-final ties, with both coming against FC Bayern München – they have failed to score a single goal across the three games, while conceding seven in return (previously 0-4 on aggregate in 2009-10).
  • FC Bayern München have now won 10 consecutive games in the Champions League, equalling the longest winning streak by a team in the competition’s history (achieved by Real Madrid in 2015 and Bayern themselves in 2013).
  • FC Bayern München have scored 42 goals in the Champions League this season – only Barcelona in 1999-2000 have netted more in a single campaign in the competition (45).
  • In scoring FC Bayern München’s third goal, Robert Lewandowski became only the second player in the history of the Champions League to net 15 goals in a single campaign, along with Cristiano Ronaldo who has done so three times (in 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18).
  • FC Bayern München striker 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.
  • FC Bayern München’s Serge Gnabry has been directly involved in 11 goals in the Champions League this season (nine goals and two assists); only Robert Lewandowski has had a hand in more (20).
  • Serge Gnabry is only the second German player to net a brace in a Champions League semi-final, following current FC Bayern München teammate Thomas Müller back in 2012-13 (two goals v Barcelona).
  • Lyon’s Rayan Cherki become the youngest player to appear in the knockout stages of the Champions League, aged just 17 years and two days.


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