German champions Bayern Munich are the latest kings of Europe after they lifted their sixth UEFA Champions League title on Sunday night.
In what was an interesting final game of a long 2020 campaign at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Kingsley Coman came back to haunt and hurt his former club, Paris Saint Germain, PSG, when he headed home a 59th-minute winner to seal a 1-0 narrow win.
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The Bavarians dominated proceedings at the Estadio do Lisboa but it was the Parisiens who created the better chances on the night and perhaps deserved more from the game. However, when you fail to take your chances, you eventually get punished as the French champions found out, suffering what fellow Ligue 1 team, Lyon suffered in the semi-final a few days earlier.
The Germans found a way to not only seal a sixth win but also became the first team in UCL history to lift the giant cup winning all their matches in a single season.
🏆 INVINCIBLES 💪
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Bayern’s historic season means they won their 11 matches, scoring 43 goals and conceded just six times. What else did we take away from the pulsating encounter in Lisbon?
Manuel Neuer is still world-class
Many football fans have questioned why the 34-year-old remains Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper despite the form of his compatriot at Barcelona, Marc-André ter Stegen.
Last night in Lisbon, the Bayern captain answered that question with a superb and dominant performance in between the sticks against one of Europe’s fiercest attacks.
Treble winners then.
Treble winners now. pic.twitter.com/HVsYQdYB2h
— CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE 🏆 (@FCBayernEN) August 23, 2020
Squaring up against Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria could scare any goalkeeper but not Neuer, who rose to the occasion to single-handedly keep the Bavarians in the game before and after Coman’s eventual winner.
Neuer pulled off three superb saves to thwart the efforts of Neymar, Mbappe, and Marquinhos as PSG carved his defense open at will.
He pulled off three saves, all inside the box, and had more touches (50) and completed more passes (30) than Mbappe (28).
A worthy performance sees him become just the third goalkeeper, joining an elite group of goalkeepers, which includes Peter Schmeichel (1999), Iker Casillas (2014) to have lifted the UCL title as captains.
Neymar, Mbappe fail to shine when it matters
Ligue 1 champions, PSG failed to claim their first-ever UCL crown after a rather disappointing night from two of their biggest stars, Neymar and Mbappe.
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Both big-money signings failed to assert themselves at the moment when it mattered most with underwhelming displays. Mbappe missed PSG’s best chance of the night but was anonymous all evening touching the ball just 28 times, less than Bayern’s goalkeeper, and losing possession eight times.
For Neymar, PSG missed his inspirational player with the Brazilian expertly pocketed by the Germans who ensured he was limited to just 58 touches as he failed to create a single chance despite having his side’s first real opportunity of the game.
Mason Greenwood would have buried it. pic.twitter.com/K746YgvaBk
— Castro1021 (@Castro1021) August 23, 2020
A disappointing night for the duo whose outing this season especially since the restart had given football fans a reason to believe this was their year.
Kingsley Coman continues to stat pad
While other players stat-pad with goals, this 24-year-old has added to his trophy cabinet that includes the FIFA World Cup.
— CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE 🏆 (@FCBayernEN) August 24, 2020
The winning goal against his former employers may have been his third of the season in the Champions League, but it was enough to seal a 20th career title for the wide forward.
It does appear Bayern boss, Hansi Flick knew exactly what he was doing when he changed his starting team for the first time in three games as he handed a shocking start to Coman, with the experienced Ivan Perisic taking his place on the bench in the final.
Kingsley Coman has more trophies (20) then league goals (19) pic.twitter.com/t762xsxPYX
— TF (@TacticalFaculty) August 24, 2020
Therefore, if you don’t get the memo yet, here we go – if your club needs to win a title, Coman is the guy to sign now – this is a special message to Manchester United and their fans who have won zero titles in three years!
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