Kingsley Coman haunted former club Paris Saint-Germain as his second-half header guided Bayern Munich to a 1-0 victory in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
The Frenchman was Bayern’s only pre-match change from the semi-final victory over Lyon and vindicated his inclusion on the hour when he headed the winner as the champions of Germany overcame their French counterparts to be crowned champions of Europe for the sixth times.
It was a moment to savour for Bayern and their manager Hansi Flick, who having been installed as interim boss in November added the trophy he came so close winning as a player in 1987 to the domestic Bundesliga and DFB Pokal clean sweep.
And Bayern’s return to the summit of European football was further underlined by the fact they became the first team to lift the Champions League having won all of their 11 matches of an historic campaign.
For Thomas Tuchel and PSG, it was agonising failure at the final hurdle as the stars brought to the club to win this very competition – Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – spurned chances and failed to inspire the French champions on European football’s biggest stage.
How Bayern reigned in Europe again
The conclusion of the 2020 Champions League saw two domestic champions – of France and Germany – compete in the final for the first time since 1998, and it lived up to expectation in an engrossing, if somewhat cagey, showpiece in Lisbon.
The first chance fell to PSG on 18 minutes as Mbappe, who had two early attempts blocked, turned provider for strike-partner Neymar, but a fine Manuel Neuer double stop thwarted the Brazilian’s initial effort before his attempt to square the rebound the Angel di Maria was cut out by the Bayern captain.
Bayern responded through talisman Robert Lewandowski, who brought Alphonso Davies’ cross under control in the area before swivelling brilliantly to get a shot away, only to be denied by the post after his shot into the turf evaded the scrambling dive of Keylor Navas.
Di Maria, on his unfavoured right foot, flashed a shot over at the end of a promising PSG counter before Ander Hererra, the architect of Di Maria’s earlier chance, saw a crisp, goal-bound half volley take a crucial deflection wide off Leon Goretzka after a clearance fell to the Spaniard on the edge of the area.
The chances kept surfacing at a rapid rate, with Navas drawn into a save at point-blank range on 31 minutes from Lewandowski, who improvised brilliantly to get his head on Muller’s cross after it had taken a late deflection off Presnel Kimpembe.
A flurry of activity on the stroke of half-time saw Mbappe fire a glorious chance straight at Neuer after Bayern played themselves into trouble at the back, before Bayern had strong appeals for a penalty turned down after Coman went to ground under Thilo Kehrer’s challenge.
Bayern shifted through the gears shortly before the hour and made the telling breakthrough as Joshua Kimmich’s sumptuous cross found Coman unmarked at the back post, and the former PSG winger headed home into the far corner.
Bayern were denied a quick-fire second when Coman’s inch-perfect cross was headed clear by Kimpembe before it could reach Lewandowski, and moments later Thiago Silva was forced into a goal-line clearance after Coman lashed Muller’s floated cross towards the PSG goal.
Just as Bayern looked set to run away with the final, PSG mounted a late surge that saw Marquinhos maraud into the area and force another save from Neuer, before Neymar whipped past the angle of post and bar from 20 yards.
But that was all PSG could muster as Bayern got their hands on the trophy after becoming the first club in history to win every game in a Champions League campaign.