Bayern Munich Beat Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, PSG in 2020 Champions League Final

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2020

Bayern's Kingsley Coman, center, celebrates with teammate Thomas Mueller, right, and Serge Gnabry after scoring his sides first goal during the Champions League final soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (Miguel A. Lopes/Pool via AP)
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Bayern Munich are European champions once again after a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League Final.  

After nearly an hour of scoreless play, Kingsley Coman came through for the Bundesliga champs with the go-ahead header in the 59th minute:

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Bayern breaks the deadlock! The Parisian, Kingsley Coman heads in the goal against his youth club https://t.co/1Kejqy68GM

Neymar and the PSG attack had several chances at an equalizer but were unable to get onto the scoresheet.

There were no fans at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Portugal due to the coronavirus pandemic, which had caused the entire tournament to be delayed and reformatted with single-legged rounds. It didn't seem to matter to Bayern Munich, who completed a dominant run through the event to earn its sixth title and first since 2013. 

They also join Barcelona as the only team to win the treble twice.

Bayern had appeared invincible for much of the 2019-20 season, and especially in Champions League play. The club won all six group-stage matches and cruised through the knockout stage with one-sided victories over Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon, outscoring the three teams 18-3.

Paris Saint-Germain narrowly advanced with close wins over Borussia Dortmund and Atalanta before earning a 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the semifinals.

The championship would still be decided on the pitch with both sides entering with loads of talent.

The attacking ability was on display in the first half even though there were no goals, with Robert Lewandowski having several close chances:

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POST! Lewandowski beats Navas but not the woodwork and we remain level. https://t.co/P9B7b26JQc

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SAVE by Navas! Lewandowski denied again. The goalkeepers have come to play today... https://t.co/PlEAwoTG7e

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe each had their opportunities as well:

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The first true chance for PSG comes from a sprinting Neymar who is denied by the heel of Neuer. https://t.co/zt9veqYAep

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A massive opportunity squandered by Mbappe, who strikes it right at Neuer. https://t.co/2iv9hpd60o

Perhaps the biggest story of the first half was a no-call just before intermission, with Bayern potentially deserving a penalty:

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You be the judge... Was that a penalty for Bayern right before half? https://t.co/2OM2Yg43Yw

Stu Holden @stuholden

That’s a penalty #UCL - Ref bottled it

Raphael Honigstein @honigstein

I don’t have a problem with that not being a penalty.

The play was ruled clean, and the teams went into the dressing rooms tied at 0-0.

In the second half, it appeared PSG would be the team to finally break the scoreless draw with several good chances in the final third. However, Bayern Munich finally found the back of the net in the 59th minute.

Joshua Kimmich set up a perfect cross to the back post, where Kingsley Coman was there to head it in:

Luis Miguel Echegaray @lmechegaray

It had to be. The former PSG academy player. Kingsley Coman makes it 1-0 for Bayern Munich vs. PSG. #UCLfinal

Liam Twomey @liam_twomey

Great header from Coman, and Kimmich is an absolute dream of a footballer

Stu Holden @stuholden

Kimmich elite right back Kimmich elite center midfielder Joshua Kimmich elite footballer.

Bayern kept the pressure on after the goal, preventing the French opponent from many chances. 

When Paris Saint-Germain did get shots on net, Manuel Neuer was there for some big-time saves.

With just 38 percent possession in the match, the scoring opportunities were limited for PSG, and they were unable to break through with a goal. 

It will be a short turnaround for each club before starting their respective 2020-21 league seasons, but Bayern Munich will get a chance to celebrate an impressive accomplishment to complete the 2019-20 campaign.