German giants Bayern Munich claimed the UEFA Champions League crown for the sixth time, as they went on to beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in a tightly contested Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday.
Going into finals as the clear underdogs, PSG had their chances to score in the first half, but PSG’s two attacking superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe failed to produce their best as the Bayern Keeper Manuel Neuer prevented the PSG from taking an early lead. The incredible heel save from the German keeper, that stopped Neymar from breaking the deadlock is worth a mention.
With both the teams showing similar intent, none of the team could really get away with a goal in the first half, thus going into half-time with 0-0 on the board.
Going into the second half, it was a goal by French winger Kingsley Coman in the 59th minute, that sealed the fate of the game, as it eventually turned out to be the lone goal scored in the match.
The Paris-born Coman, who started his career at PSG, nodded in a header at the back post from Joshua Kimmich’s cross to take the all-important lead in the low scoring final.
Going into the finals as the clear favourites due to some emphatic wins en route to the final, Bayern would be pretty happy as the game went exactly how they would have wanted to, as they limited PSG’s attack by dominating possession. The tackling, when it mattered most, was superb. They were also able to put pressure on the PSG side in the final third, which eventually resulted in PSG taking a good while to get into the game.
The win ends a drought of seven years for Bayern, as they won the sixth European title in their club’s history. Perhaps even more notably, they won every match in their Champions League campaign, becoming the first club to ever do so in competition history.
It was a night of joy for Bayern coach Hansi Flick as well, who added the Champions League to the Bundesliga after initially taking over as interim coach from sacked Niko Kovac in November.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Kingsley Coman 59’