Bayern Munich has won the Champions League (formerly the Europe Cup I) in Lisbon for the sixth time. Frenchman Kingsley Coman gained a place in the history books of the German club by making the winning goal in an entertaining final against Paris Saint-Germain: 1-0.
This puts the Germans on an equal footing with Liverpool in terms of Champions League titles. Only Real Madrid (thirteen) and AC Milan (seven) won the most important European club tournament more often.
Lewandowski equals Cruijff
Bayern- striker Robert Lewandowski is after Johan Cruijff in 1972 the second soccer player to win the national title, the cup tournament and the Champions League in one season and has become top scorer in all three leagues. The Pole scored fifteen times in the Champions League.
After either team’s wait-and-see start, the game came loose in just over a quarter of an hour with a big chance for Neymar. The PSG striker missed some luck with his low slider, which disappeared next to the German goal via the foot and hand of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The answer came a few minutes later from the Germans with a shot to the post of top scorer Robert Lewandowski. who then also headed into the hands of goalkeeper Keylar Navas from close range.
The debutant Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League final didn’t hide. Ángel Di María (over) and Ander Herrera (beside) put Bayern goalkeeper Neuer to the test with vicious shots, but it was mainly Kylian Mbappé who missed the poison in his shoes. The French star attacker shot the ball straight into Neuer’s hands after a nice combination with Herrera in a good position
Bayern thought he was entitled to a penalty just before half time when PSG defender Thilo Kehrer hung lightly on the shoulder of Kingsley Coman, who then eagerly dropped. Italian referee Daniele Orsato did not see a penalty after a brief consultation with the VAR.
As in the first half, Bayern and PSG started the second company somewhat cautiously, until born Parisian and former PSG youth player Coman headed 1-0 for Bayern in the 59th minute after a custom cross by Joshua Kimmich.
The French then lost their way for a while, with Coman neglecting to hand out the final blow at that stage. His shot was blocked.
PSG didn’t give up. Marquinhos put his foot against the ball on a hard and low cross, but Neuer paid close attention. Di María also became dangerous in the sixteen-metre area, but Bayern’s defence stood like a house.
At Paris Saint-Germain the best was off in the closing stages, so Bayern survived relatively easily in its eleventh Champions League final.