Bayern overpowers PSG to win Champions League

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Bayern Munich won their sixth Champions League title, thanks to Kingsley Coman’s second-half header against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening 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.

It was a moment to savour for Bayern and manager Hansi Flick, who having been installed as interim boss last November, won the trophy he came so close winning as a player in 1987 to complete a Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League treble for only the second time in the club’s history.

It was Bayern’s first European title since 2013.

STATS ABOUT THE FINAL:

-PSG failed to score in a game in a major European competition for the first time in 35 matches, last failing to do so in a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City in April 2016.

-Each of the past seven teams competing in their first European Cup/Champions League final have all lost, with the last first-time winners being Borussia Dortmund in 1997 against Juventus.

-On only four previous occasions has a manager older than Bayern boss Hansi Flick (55) won the Champions League (Goethals with Marseille in 1993 – 71, Heynckes with Bayern Munich in 2013 – 68 and Alex Ferguson with Man United in 1999 and 2008 – 57 and 66).

-Bayern became just the third side in Champions League history to hit the 500-goal mark in the competition (500 goals in total), after Barcelona (517) and Real Madrid (567).

-Bayern attacker Kingsley Coman became the fifth Frenchman to score in a Champions League final (Benzema 2018, Zidane 2002, Desailly 1994 and Boli 1993).

-PSG’s Keylor Navas is the third goalkeeper to appear in a Champions League final with two different teams, after Hans-Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen) and Edwin van der Sar (Man Utd and Ajax).

-Thiago Silva is the first Brazilian to start a European Cup/Champions League final as captain.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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