Gnabry, Lewandowski punished Lyon for their missed chances, as Bayern Munich beat Lyon 3-0 to reach UEFA Champions League final.
Missing early chances proved to be costly for Lyon
Within first fifteen minutes Lyon had three chances to take a lead. Their captain Memphis Depay squanders a chance early. Toko Ekambi came closest to handing his side an unlikely yet vital lead, when he hit the post during that time. He later said
As Bayern Munich were trying to recover the shocking counter-attacks and trying to impose their authority in the match, Serge Gnabry put them 1-0 ahead. He moved forwards and across for 20-yards before firing from top of the box. created the chance for second goal too, which Lewandowski fumbled twice infront of the goal
Robert Lewandowski has not been his usual self since quarterfinal, as he missed few easy chances. Eventhough like quarterfinal, he found himself in the score-sheet.
With the goal today, he scored in constitutive 9 Champions league matches. He scored 55 goals for Bayern Munich this season so far from 45 matches. He scored 15 goals in champions League from 9 matches this season.
Thiago-Goretzka ensured Bayern dominance
The brilliant partnership between Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka ensured Bayern Munich dominance against Ligue 1 team which lost to PSG in French Cup final against PSG in tiebreaker. Together, the Spanish and the German plotted a masterclass in the midfield.
Lyon missed few clear chances which could have altered the fate of the game. Even, if they could convert one of them in early minutes the complexion of the match could have been very different.
This is where the experienced German keeper comes into picture. Manuel Neuer were terrific as in all the four occasions he came out and did not disappoint his team. He forced Depay, Toko Ekambi and Maxwel Cornet to commit with a strict angle.
History of the rival teams
With this win Bayern equaled Milan’s record of 11 Champions League finals, only Real Madrid have better record. They played in 16 Champions League final.
For Lyon they were beaten in the champions league semifinal for the second time and by the same team Bayern Munich. Previously this happened in 2009-10.
Bayern Munich: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng (Sule 46), Alaba, Davies; Goretzka (Pavard 82), Thiago (Tolisso 82); Perisic (Coman 63), Muller, Gnabry (Coutinho 75); Lewandowski
Lyon: Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal (Cherki 73); Dubois (Tete 67), Caqueret, Guimaraes (Mendes 46), Aouar, Cornet; Depay (Dembele 58), Ekambi (Reine-Adelaide 67)