Bayern Munich are champions of Europe for the sixth time in their entire history.
The German team defeated French club side, Paris Saint Germain 1-0 in what was an entertaining display for the neutrals. PSG’s academy product, Kingsley Coman scored the goal that separated both sides as he planted a deft header into the bottom corner of Keylor Navas’ post following a pin point cross from Kingsley Coman.
Bayern Munich were pre-match favourites and rightly so, they club had easily dispatched top sides like Chelsea and Bayern Munich on their way to the final, imposing themselves on their opponents and scoring goals for fun.
PSG were not to be ruled out either. Despite being in what was classified as the easy half of the draws, the French side lived up to expectations by overcoming Italian newcomers, Atalanta and German side, RB Leipzig to book a first ever appearance in Europe’s top club tournament.
The French team started the better side as they showed a lot of respect to the Germans in their approach, allowing them to have a lot of the possession while they tried to capitalize on their errors. The best chances of the first half fell to PSG as Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria all had great chances to put their side in front but were either denied by poor finishing or an outstanding Manuel Neuer in the Bayern post. Ander Herrera also had a shot deflected away from goal by his captain, Thiago Silva as PSG were unlucky to go into the break without scoring at least one goal.
Bayern’s only big chance of the first half came courtesy of Robert Lewandowski who controlled a lofted pass with his back towards goal and placed a beautiful shot on the turn which beat Keylor Navas but could only hit the post. There was also a penalty shout towards the end of the first half but the Italian referee, Daniele Orsato dismissed the claims.
The second half began with Bayern Munich asserting themselves much more on the game. The Germans pressed harder and moved the ball quicker while PSG struggled to get a hold on the game. Bayern’s efforts were rewarded in the 59thminute however, Joshua Kimmich’s perfectly weighted cross found Kingsley Coman at the far post and the French international headed the ball into the bottom corner to give Hans-Dieter Flick’s men a 1-0 lead.
Not long after the Germans took the lead, another chance fell on to Coman’s path one more time but his effort was blocked by a PSG player as Bayern tried to keep their momentum going. PSG tried to get back in the game with one or two chances and even had what looked like a valid penalty claim after Mbappe’s heel was clipped in the Bayern box but the referee waved play on and VAR saw nothing wrong.
Bayern Munich’s experience was enough for them to see out the game and claim victory. The French club denied of its maiden UEFA Champions League trophy while Bayern draw level with last year’s champions, Liverpool as the club with third highest number of UCL trophies with six, just behind Italian giants, AC Milan (7) and Spanish powerhouse, Real Madrid (13).
The Champions League triumph sees the club complete a treble of trophies this season after winning the German Bundesliga and the German Cup while Hans Flick becomes just the second man to achieve such a feat in the club’s history after Jupp Heynckes in 2013.
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