It was the night where Liverpool’s official claim to be European champions came to an end. Hansi Flick’s men created history as they won 11 out of 11 games in the Champions League this season.
Bayern Munich have reached the proverbial mountain top of Europe, winning the 2020 UEFA Champions League final over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, 1-0.
PSG shaded the first half and, had they taken their chances and those were good ones maybe now they might be telling a different story. They fought until the end and, deep into stoppage time, there was Neymar almost forcing the equaliser. Yet in the end, the Brazilian’s tears spoke of PSG’s heartbreak. Many of their players removed their runners-up medals almost as soon as they were draped around their necks.
In the first half, Robert Lewandowski was denied twice, once by the post and again by Keylor Navas.
Neuer Proved it again that age is just a number. Germany’s Number 1 gave a world class performance against the Parisians. He denied Neymar, Mbappe and De María numerous times and silenced all those who doubted his capabilities.
The second half saw the Bavarian Kings dominate possesion. It was Coman who denied his former club their first Champions League trophy, Coman who made Neymar cry, Coman who outshone both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe and even Robert Lewandowski just by finding the net with the sweetest, simplest of headers. That was all it took one properly converted chance.
As so often happens in finals, this was not, after all, the all-action, high-scoring thriller many had imagined. It was a decent game, but not the finest exhibit of the art of goalscoring, or attacking football.
In that moment of elation, the cameras hunted for despair. They found it in the slight, forlorn shape of Neymar, sitting on Paris St.-Germain’s bench, a perfect picture of heartbreak.
The Bavarian Kings have got themselves onto level terms with Liverpool as they took home their 6th European Championship and became the second team to win the Treble twice alongside FC Barcelona.