20 August 2020 02:39
Lyon, France's seventh-place team, had run up against a juggernaut from Germany in the Champions League semifinal. There were missed scoring chances to mull, but Lyon had to admit what European soccer already suspected: There may be no stopping Bayern Munich this season. A different French team, closer to Bayern's weight class, will now take its shot at the German champions on Sunday in Lisbon. PSG has won seven of the past eight French league titles, while Bayern has claimed nine of the past 11 in Germany. The club can now become only the second team in the modern history of the Champions League to win the tournament without dropping a single match.
The German juggernaut was forced to weather some early pressure from the French side, but took the lead after 18 minutes thanks to Serge Gnabry's stunning strike into the top corner. Lewandowski did eventually get his customary goal, rising highest at the far post to nod home Joshua Kimmich's free-kick late on and end any lingering hopes Lyon had of a comeback. Serge Gnabry celebrates scoring the opening goal against Lyon. It had been 10 years since Lyon last reached a Champions League semifinal, but the underdog in Lisbon showed no early signs of being overawed by the occasion. Bayern Munich had lost its last four Champions League semifinals coming into this evening and the opening exchanges would have given Lyon confidence that it could extend that run.
More worryingly still, Bayern had now found its stride and looked capable of scoring every time it got forward, as it had done in the historic 8-2 hammering of Barcelona in the quarterfinals. Thanks to some desperate last-ditch defending, Bayern kept Lyon at bay when it looked as though the French side might snatch a late goal to make the closing stages nervy for the Bundesliga side. Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring Bayern Munich's third goal. As the clock ticked towards 90 minutes, Bayern finally put the tie beyond doubt thanks to Lewandowski's sumptuous header. His goal was his 15th of the campaign, making him only the second player to score 15+ Champions League goals in one season after Cristiano Ronaldo.
This semifinal proved just a step too far for a Lyon side that had already stunned two of this season's Champions League favorites, but will go home with its heads held high. Bayern Munich full-back Alphonso Davies says reaching the Champions League final is "a dream come true." Speaking after the semi-final win over Lyon, he told BT Sport: "Playing in the Champions League and getting to the final is everything you could ask for." "PSG is a good team, right now we celebrate a bit then we focus on the next game," he added. A winner's medal would also be a fine conclusion to the season for Davies, who asked to swap shirts with Barca's Lionel Messi after their quarter-final match. Paris Saint-Germain will learn their Champions League final opponents tonight as Bayern Munich and Lyon do battle in Lisbon. Now Bayern, who smashes Barcelona last time out, will take on Lyon following their win over Manchester City. The German champions are favourites to win Europe's elite competition but Lyon will be eager to spring another surprise this season. AFP OR LICENSORS 3 Lyon take on Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-finals LATEST CHAMPIONS LEAGUE NEWS moneybags PSG stars Neymar and Mbappe cost more than Bayern Munich's entire 23-man squad Prolific Lewandowski closes in on Ronaldo and equals Bayern record which stood for 47 years serging through Gnabry proves Arsenal and WBA wrong again by sending Bayern to UCL final all wrong What Pulis said about Arsenal and WBA reject Gnabry who tormented Lyon in UCL game on Lyon vs Bayern commentary: Champions League action as Lewandowski and co eye final Lyon vs Bayern Munich tips and odds Get Bayern to win at a huge 4/1 DEBATE 'Klopp has overtaken Guardiola… the game has passed Pep by' – Cundy's stunning claim wand Di Maria sends PSG to UCL final as another Man United reject shines in Europe inventive 'Street football' - Neymar pulls off outrageous flick to set up Di Maria goal INFO RB Leipzig v PSG free live stream: How to watch, kick-off time, TV and radio, teams Lyon vs Bayern Munich: Team news Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Thiago, Goretzka, Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski. Bayern Munich v Lyon: Date and time The Champions League semi-final will take place on Wednesday, August 19. These sides last met in the semi-finals of the 2009/10 Champions League with Bayern winning 4-0 on aggregate. Bayern Munich v Lyon: TV channel and live stream Getty Images - Getty 3 Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich are in the Champions League final Bayern Munich v Lyon: How to listen