A ‘farmers’ league final as some would refer to truly turned entertaining as Frenchmen PSG and Germans Bayern Munich battled it out for 90 minutes, ending 1-0 in favour of the Germans at the Estadio da Luz in Portugal which played host to its second UEFA Champions League final.
The first 45 minutes was so full of great intensity, attacking threats and quality passing off as a worthy final.
With PSG giving the ball away a few times a little needlessly, they proved they are always so dangerous on the counter.
PSG’S two main guys partnered well in the 18th minute as Kylian Mbappe slipped the ball through to Neymar, who’s made a run into the box on the left. His shot was well blocked by Manuel Neuer with the rebound hooked away for a corner.
So nearly a goal it was for Bayern in the 22nd minute when Talisman Lewandowski hit the woodwork denying the 32-year-old Polish man from recording his 16th goal of this season’s encounter.
Bayern had decent chances at goal but experienced Keylor Navas, PSG goalie and a three-time UCL winner made his mark since returning from a hamstring injury.
With Mbappe and Neymar failing to turn up for the greater part of the first half, the latter played a 1-2 with teammate Herrera and just with a one on one opportunity with Neuer, he loosely played the ball right into the hands of the German goalkeeper.
With one minute of additional time, VAR’s check of a possible penalty call failed to award a penalty to Bayern for Kehrer’s foul on Coman this ending the first half on a barren note making it the first time since the restart, Bayern Munich have failed to score in the first half of a game.
It was a scrappy, tight start to the second half as both teams could barely put two or three passes together till Frenchman Kingsley Coman scored against the team from his own country PSG, nodding in a Joshua Kimmich flying pass and giving Bayern Munich the lead in the 59th minute of the game.
Kingsley Coman thus becomes the fifth Frenchman to score in a UEFA Champions League final after Karim Benzema (2018), Zinedine Zidane (2002), Marcel Desailly (1994) and Basile Boli (1993). Subbed.
With over 5,000 Paris St-Germain fans watching the game PSG’s Parc des Princes stadium back in the French capital and an encouraging five minutes added time to get back in the game, the Parisiens made no difference as they missed several chances thus bowing out honourably in their debut at a Champions League final
FC Bayern München thus clinched their sixth Champions League title in history, doing so in an unbeaten spree in this season of the Champions League and have now scored their 500th UEFA Champions League goal becoming just the third side to reach this tally in the competition after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).