https://www.sportinglife.com-Bayern Munich lift the Champions League trophy after beating PSG 1-0 in the final
Kinsgley Coman scored the only goal in the second half of a surprisingly defensive struggle as he headed in against his former side in a rare moment of flowing attacking football.
Bayern did not get to display the brilliance that has seen them score 43 goals in just 11 games, but this game was all about lifting that trophy for a sixth time and confirming their status as the team to beat in Europe.
Hansi Flick’s side have now gone 30 games unbeaten, winning 21 in a row in all competitions and becoming the first team to win every game en route to Champions League glory – with the final their 11th win in a row.
Flick has performed wonders since taking over in November with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga and in disarray – since then they’ve simply dominated at both home and abroad.
In a game that promised goals, it was defences that were on top throughout – with PSG dropping deep to thwart Bayern’s attack and looking to play on the break.
PSG had their chances but a combination of poor finishing from Kylian Mbappe and excellent goalkeeping from Manuel Neuer kept the French side out.
Tight tussle in Lisbon
Bayern had much more of the ball in the first half but PSG had the better chances with Neymar and Mbappe both having glorious chances to score.
Neymar was denied by Manuel Neuer in a one-on-one, while Mbappe wasted a golden chance when he scuffed his shot on goal from 12 yards out when only having Neuer to beat.
Lewandowski hit the post with a smart turn and shot and also forced Keylor Navas into a reaction save with a brilliantly improvised header.
The second half was also slow going, with PSG’s defensive shape frustrating Bayern and forcing them backwards, while the French side looked good on the break.
That was until Bayern produced their most decisive move of the match – with Thiago Alcantara playing a much quicker pass from front to back to get in behind PSG.
The ball eventually came to Kimmich who curled in a beautiful ball to the back post for Coman to head home his eighth goal of the season and by far his most crucial.
Paris SG 0–1 Bayern Munich Opta stats
- Bayern Munich have won 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.
- Paris SG failed to score in a game in a major UEFA European competition for the first time in 35 matches, last failing to do so in a 0-1 defeat to Man City in April 2016.
- Bayern Munich are the first team in European Cup/Champions League history to win every game en route to winning the competition (11 wins).
- Each of the last seven teams competing in their first European Cup/Champions League final have all lost, with the last first-time winners being Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.
- Bayern Munich are the first team in European Cup/Champions League history to win 11 games in a row in the competition.
- On only four previous occasions has a manager older than Bayern Munich boss Hans-Dieter Flick (55y 181d) won the Champions League (Goethals with Marseille in 1993 – 71, Heynckes with Bayern Munich in 2013 – 68 and Alex Ferguson with Man Utd in 1999 and 2008 – 57 and 66).
- Bayern Munich became just the third side in UEFA Champions League history to hit the 500-goal mark in the competition (500 goals in total), after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).
- Bayern Munich attacker Kingsley Coman became the fifth Frenchman to score in a UEFA Champions League final (Benzema 2018, Zidane 2002, Desailly 1994 and Boli 1993).
- Paris SG’s Keylor Navas became just the third goalkeeper to appear in a UEFA Champions League final with two different teams, after Jörg Butt (Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen) and Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd and Ajax).
- Paris SG’s Thiago Silva became the first Brazilian to start a European Cup/Champions League final as captain.