Kingsley Coman’s second-half header clinched a 1-0 Bayern Munich victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the 2020 UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon, Portugal.
The win was the German’s third in the last 19 year’s in Europe’s biggest football club competition, the latest masterminded by Hans-Dieter Flick, who only took over the managerial reigns midseason from Niko Kovac.
The French league champions would look back and know they had no one but themselves to blame for missing the opportunity to claim a first-ever title in the competition, particularly in the first-half where they had the better chances, although some credit has to go to Manuel Neuer for making some top drawer saves to keep Bayern in it.
Top performers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were totally off form on the night, failing to bring their A-game to the final and Mbappe in particular was guilty of going ice cold in front of goal, notably applying a feeble shot right at the death of the first-half.
It’s common knowledge in football that you live to regret failure to take advantage of your big chances and that exactly happened when Joshua Kimmich picked out PSG academy graduate Coman with a brilliant ball over the top for the French forward to head past Keylor Navas.
It was an important win for three individuals in particular, Philippe Coutinho, who wins the competition on a season-long loan from Barcelona, competition top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski and manager Flick, who joins Roberto Di Matteo and Zinedine Zidane on an elite list to win the trophy after taking over midseason.