Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League finals after seven years with a convincing 3-0 win over Lyon. Serge Gnabry struck twice in the first half while Robert Lewandowski poked in his 55th goal of the season in the dying minutes of the game. The Bundesliga champions will now lock horns with the Ligue 1 Champions for the coveted prize on Sunday.
Both the sides opted to go for the same eleven which delivered a win in the quarter-finals. Lyon began the fixture on a sparkling note as they took advantage of Bayern Munich’s high defensive line. The backline was caught off guard multiple times during Lyon’s deadly counter-attacks.
Memphis Depay had a chance to nod the French side in front in the fourth minute itself, but could only find the side netting after rounding Manuel Neuer. Lyon squandered another chance in the 17th minute with Toko Ekambi only able to strike the post with his effort.
Seconds after the chance, Bayern Munich sprung forward in numbers. Joshua Kimmich’s delivery found Gnabry in a pocket of space on the right-wing, the former Arsenal man proceeded to have a run at four defenders around him before finally latching a sensational strike which beat Lopez for a priceless lead.
Gnabry’s second sunk Lyon and propelled Bayern Munich
The winger once again found the back of the net for his ninth goal of the campaign in the 33rd minute. Ivan Perisic’s delivery from the left flank was met with Robert Lewandowski, but the striker slipped and could only muster a staggering attempt at goal. Amid all the collision near the goal, Gnabry arrived to slot the ball into an empty net and double Bayern’s lead.
While the second half saw subdued attempts from both sides, it was Robert Lewandowski who had the last laugh with a goal of his own. A free-kick delivery from Joshua Kimmich from the right-hand side was met with a glorious connection from the in-form striker for his 15th Champions League goal of the season.
With a ten-match winning streak, Bayern Munich will play their 11th European Cup final against first-time finalists Paris Saint-Germain.