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Mbappe flops as Coman’s header delivers Bayern the champions league

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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.

Robert Lewandowski hit the post in the first half
Image:Robert Lewandowski hit the post in the first half

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.

Kingsley Coman heads Bayern Munich ahead in the Champions League final
Image:Kingsley Coman heads Bayern Munich ahead in the Champions League final 

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.

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Pep speaks on being unheaten for the past 20 matches

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Guardiola responds as Man City go 20 matches unbeaten Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola, has said their 20 straight wins altogether, might be the best thing they have at any point accomplished.

Ruben Dias and John Stones scored either side of a Michail Antonio finish to give City a 2-1 triumph over West Ham yesterday.

It was their fourteenth in succession in the association and leaves them 13 points clear at the highest point of the table, having played a game more than Leicester and Manchester United. In any case, having been discounted for the title toward the beginning of December, Guardiola’s side have been destroying since.

“In this period, in this era, with this situation, to be able to do 20, maybe it is one of the greatest achievements we have done in our careers, for sure.

“That doesn’t mean a title win, of course, but this period in time, the toughest period in England, the winter time, [to have] no one week of rest for three or four months, every three days a game, with the COVID-19 situation, injury situations. To be on this kind of run – winning, winning, winning – means mental strength,” Guardiola said.

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Guardiola names favourites to win champions league

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Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has named Bayern Munich as the top picks to win the Champions League in front of them.

Guardiola’s men are on course to advance into the quarter-finals, following their 2-0 triumph over Borussia Monchengladbach, on Wednesday night.

Goals from Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus got the success for City, who have now won their last 19 games altogether.

Be that as it may, notwithstanding his side’s great structure, Guardiola feels Bayern Munich, who pounded Lazio 4-1 in their keep going 16 first leg on Tuesday, are better positioned to win the Champions League this term.

He disclosed to BT Sport: “When I see Bayern Munich I don’t think we are favourites.

My target is West Ham in three days.“If people say we are favourites, we have to accept it, but a team who, in their whole history, has been to a semi-final once? OK, they say it, we have to accept it.”

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Nagelsmann to replace mourinho if sacked

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Tottenham Hotspur have chosen Julian Nagelsmann as the one who will replace Jose Mourinho as their supervisor if the Portuguese is sacked, the UK Telegraph reports.

Mourinho is using up all his time to save his work in North London. Spurs have gone from the highest point of the association to 10th spot within few months.

They are at present, nine points off Champions League placement, while they likewise left the FA Cup because of Everton.

Mourinho presently faces an unequivocal 12-day time span in which Spurs play four games against Wolfsberger in the Europa League, at that point Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

A loss in any of those matches could spell the end for Mourinho, with nine points the minimum requirement, albeit the previous Chelsea and Manchester United coach does in any case hold the help of Daniel Levy for the time being.

Nagelsmann, 33, who beat Spurs and Mourinho out of the Champions League 4-0 on total last season, is viewed as quite possibly the most energizing youthful coach in Europe.

Chelsea moved toward the German prior to going to Thomas Tuchel when they fired Frank Lampard, yet he would not like to leave Leipzig mid season.

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