Serge Gnabry scored a stunner and Robert Lewandowski netted his 55th goal of the season as Bayern Munich battled past a spirited Lyon in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, setting up a meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday's final.
Bayern might have been expected to blow Lyon away after their quarter-final demolition of Barcelona, but it was actually the French side who made the brighter start, with Memphis Depay finding the side-netting after being put through on goal by Maxence Caqueret. Leon Goretzka nearly put the Bundesliga giants ahead with a mishit attempt, before Depay flashed another attempt wide and Karl Toko Ekambi hit the post from point-blank range. Gnabry then gave his profligate opponents a lesson in finishing, cutting in from the right, jinking past several defenders and unleashing a glorious left-footed strike that former Bayern man Arjen Robben would have been proud of. The Germany international had another sniff following a Marcal error, drawing a smart stop from Anthony Lopes, and then doubled Bayern's advantage with a simple finish just after the half-hour mark, when Lewandowski somehow failed to convert Ivan Perisic's inch-perfect cross from the left.
Perisic ought to have put the game out of sight for Bayern early in the second half, but could only conjure up a tame effort after being brilliantly picked out by Alphonso Davies. The Canada international used his pace to snuff out a couple of Lyon attacks, and Manuel Neuer was called into action as Rudi Garcia's men upped the tempo, first gathering Marcelo's header from a corner and then producing a fantastic save to deny Toko Ekambi, who should have done better. Lyon continued to search for a way back into the game, but their cutting edge was conspicuous by its absence, even after the introduction of Moussa Dembele and Jeff Reine-Adelaide. Perhaps with one eye on the weekend, Flick replaced goalscorer Gnabry with Philippe Coutinho, having already brought on Niklas Süle for Jerome Boateng at the break. The Brazilian had the ball in the net shortly afterwards, but it was correctly ruled out for offside. Benjamin Pavard also made his return from injury as Bayern ran down the clock and eased into their 11th Champions League showpiece, Lewandowski adding gloss to the scoreline with a late header from Joshua Kimmich's free-kick.
- Bayern have reached the European Cup/Champions League final for the 11th time in their history, and for the first time since winning the competition in 2013. So far they have won five (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013) and lost five (1982, 1987, 1999, 2010, 2012).
- Gnabry is third in this season's Champions League scoring charts with nine goals, all of which have come away from home.
- Lewandowski, who has never won the Champions League, is the top scorer in the competition this term with 15. He also topped the goal charts this season in the Bundesliga (34) and the DFB Cup (6).
- Having already won the Bundesliga and DFB Cup, Bayern are on course for their second continental treble after 2012/13. Barcelona are the only European side to have already achieved that feat, in 2008/09 and 2014/15.
- Bayern have won 28 of their last 29 games in all competitions, drawing 0-0 with RB Leipzig in February. They have won all 14 of their matches behind closed doors since the restart.
- Flick's side have scored 42 goals in 10 Champions League outings this season, which means they are averaging a shade over four per game.
Lyon: Lopes – Denayer, Marcelo, Marcal (Cherki 72') – Dubois (Tete 67'), Caqueret, Guimaraes (Mendes 46'), Aouar, Cornet – Toko Ekambi (Reine-Adelaide 67'), Memphis (c) (Dembele 58')
Unused subs: Tatarusanu, Diomande, Anderson, Rafael, Traore, Jean Lucas, Bard
Coach: Rudi Garcia
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Kimmich, Boateng (Süle 46'), Alaba, Davies - Goretzka (Pavard 83'), Thiago (Tolisso 83') - Gnabry (Coutinho 75'), Müller, Perisic (Coman 63') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odriozola, Martinez, Cuisance, Hernandez, Zirkzee
Coach: Hansi Flick
Watch: How Lewandowski has become the world's best No.9
As it happened!
Bayern have done it! The Bundesliga and DFB Cup champions have reached the Champions League final for the first time since 2013, and will face Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday looking to win their sixth European crown.
90' - ADDED TIME
We're now into three minutes of added time with Bayern strolling towards Sunday's final.
88' - GOAL! LEWANDOWSKI SEALS THE DEAL!
With just a couple of minutes on the clock Lewandowski has his goal and Bayern have booked their place in the Champions League final. Kimmich lofts a free-kick to the back post of the Lyon box and Lewandowski rises highest between Denayer and Marcelo before heading down past Lopes. An outstanding finish from Bayern's star man.
83' - DOUBLE CHANGE!
Thiago and Leon Goretzka come off to be replaced by Corentin Tolisso and Benjamin Pavard, who is returning from injury as a great sign for Bayern that he could be fit to start a potential final.
80' - GO...NO!
Coutinho has the ball in the net for Bayern but it's called back for offside. Müller's box into the box is clipped on by Goretzka and Coutinho controls before finishing past Lopes on the run, but the Brazilian was offside from Goretzka's flick having been in an onside position from Müller's initial ball.
78' - COUTINHO FIRES AT GOAL
The Brazilian breaks away down the left before cutting back past a Lyon defender into the box and curling a shot towards goal. This one is deflected and goes behind for a corner, which leads to nothing for Bayern.
75' - BAYERN BEING MADE TO WORK
Auoar is trying his best to get his side back into this game, but the ball is falling Bayern's way in their own box. Another change made by Flick now as Philippe Coutinho is on in place of goalscorer Serge Gnabry.
68' - LEWANDOWSKI SO CLOSE
It's almost a third for Bayern and first of the night for Lewandowski as Müller plays the ball across the face of goal from the left side of the box. The Pole is under pressure from two Lyon defenders and can't get decent contact on the cross and can only watch as it rolls into Lopes' hands in the end.
63' - BAYERN CHANGE
Kingsley Coman is coming on for Ivan Perisic to inject further pace into Bayern's attack with his fresh and firing legs.
61' - BAYERN STAYING ON THEIR TOES
Lyon certainly aren't giving up on this game and Bayern know they still have work to do here. They haven't got forward as well as they did towards the end of the first half, and Lyon have built more hope in the last few minutes with their own chances on goal.
58' - NEUER TO THE RESUCE!
A big chance for Lyon as Süle's attempted punt up the pitch is blocked and Auoar gathers the ball before racing forward. He sends a perfect pass across to Ekambi who is alone in front of goal, but the Bayern and Germany No.1 makes a stunning save to deny him.
56' - NEUER SAVES FROM MARCELO
A good chance for Lyon as former Hannover defender Marcelo rises highest from a corner to send a header at the Bayern goal. Neuer is ready in the perfect position to make a simple save.
55' - NO FANS, NO PROBLEM FOR BAYERN
Bayern will, of course, had preferred to have fans in the stadiums right now to have witnessed their Bundesliga and DFB Cup wins and now their journey deep into the Champions League, but they are not struggling without them. It's Bayern's 14th game behind closed doors and as things stand, it will be 14 wins.
51' - BIG CHANCE FOR PERISIC
The Croatian is played in on goal via Davies' outstanding play and he can almost secure Bayern's place in the final, but his shot on his left foot goes straight at Lopes in the Lyon goal. He'll be kicking himself.
50' - BRIGHTER START TO THIS HALF
Bayern maintaining their first half control at the beginning of the second here. Lyon's counter-attacks are being nullified by Davies, who is holding a more defensive position so far.
46' - KICK-OFF!
We're back underway for the second half here in Lisbon. Both sides have made one change each, with Niklas Süle on in place of Jerome Boateng for Bayern and Thiago Mendes on for Bruno Guimaraes.
The perfect first half for Bayern, who lead by two goals against Lyon. It was a slow start from the Bundesliga champions as the French side had several opportunities to go ahead but clinical finishing from Serge Gnabry is what separates the sides so far after his first, a stunning hit from the edge of the box, was followed by his awareness to be in the right place at the right time to tap home a rebound.
43' - BAYERN SHOWING NO MERCY
Goretzka races towards the edge of the Lyon box and smashes a shot goalward, but it's Lewandowski who gets in his way and blocks the effort. Lyon are struggling now to keep up with the Bundesliga side, though. Flick will want his players not to provide them with an opportunity back into this game.
38' - ALMOST A THIRD!
Gnabry turns potential provider this time with a teasing, curling cross towards the back post of the Lyon goal and Lewandowski is perfectly placed to poke it home, but the Pole just can't get the finishing touch on the ball. Bayern are purring here.
33' - GOAL! GNABRY MAKES IT TWO!
Bayern break superbly as Gnabry steals possession from the Lyon defence and plays it across to Perisic on the left side of the penalty area. He sends in a low cross towards Lewandowski who is unlucky not to see his sliding effort go over the line. Lopes was in the way, but Gnabry had continued his run to bury the rebound in style.
30' - ALMOST FOR LEWANDOWSKI
More passing play from Bayern around the Lyon box sends the ball into the penalty area as a flick over the French defence from Müller sends Lewandowski spinning past a defender. The bounce of the ball doesn't help him to get a shot away quickly and Lopes does well to come out and blocked his effort.
25' - GNABRY HAS A GO!
The Bayern scorer controls a long pass across the pitch again on the right-hand side. He takes a touch towards goal before rifling a shot towards Lopes, and the Lyon goalkeeper is forced to make a good save diving to his right.
22' - BAYERN IN CONTROL
The Bundesliga side have the lead in the game and have been in control since opening the scoring. No chances since then, but there's most structure to Flick's defence and Lyon have not been able to control possession for any length of time.
18' - GOAL! GNABRY PUTS BAYERN AHEAD!
Bayern show their French opposition how to finish chances as Goretzka loops a pass over to Gnabry on the right. He quickly pushes it into the middle onto his left foot and dribbles all the way to the edge of the Lyon box before smashing a stunning hit into the far top corner. An outstanding solo effort to put Bayern ahead. Gnabry is now third in this season's Champions League scoring charts with eight goals, all of which have come away from home.
17' - LYON HIT THE POST
A huge chance for Lyon to go ahead as Ekambi breaks away down the right wing behind Davies. The Canadian full-back recovers but the ball comes back to the Lyon man and he cuts inside before smashing a left-footed shot off the post.
16' - INCREDIBLE TEMPO
This game is being played at such a high velocity that you can't take your eyes away from it. Bayern aren't as patient in possession as usual, while Lyon are making the most of their speed in attack whenever possible. Not the ideal start for the Bundesliga champions, but it's still early days.
13' - LIVING DANGEROUSLY
Bayern are playing with a high defensive line once again and Lyon have been able to expose it so far with quick wing play and direct passing up the pitch. Flick and his troops must be aware of the speed that the French side have going forward and their ability to work on the counter-attack.
11' - GORETZKA SO CLOSE!
Bayern do fantastically to win the ball back up the pitch and Goretkza plays a one-two with Lewandowski into the box. He clips the ball goalward, but he doesn't connect properly with his strike and the ball trickles towards the Lyon goal and Lopes is able to recover just before the ball rolled over the goalline. First big opening for the Bundesliga side.
7' - PRESS, PRESS, PRESS
Superb work from Bayern's forwards here in the early moments, hardly giving Lyon a chance to breathe when on the ball. Lewandowski and Müller working hard up the pitch to force their French opposition into mistakes in possession.
4' - BIG CHANCE FOR LYON
Bayern lose the ball in midfield and Caqueret plays Depay in between Bayern's centre-backs. Neuer is out of goal quickly to close the angle but Depay is past him, however he can't keep his shot on target. An early warning sign for Bayern.
1' - KICK OFF!
We're underway in Lisbon with Bayern back in their famous red.
READY TO ROCK!
Bayern have been here before, winning the title five times already, in fact. Now they are just one game away from having the chance to clinch a sixth title. Get past Lyon, and Bayern will face Paris Saint-Germain in the final of the Champions League.
A WINNING MENTALITY
As well as having world-class players playing in a system perfectly designed for them by Flick, Bayern's players also have an incredible winning mentality. Despite beating Barcelona in that style, no players celebrated in the dressing room after the game. When asked if 'any players had shown that they don't believe Bayern can win the Champions League', Serge Gnabry responded by saying "Not a single one".
Every player spoke to the media after the quarter-final display by saying that the job was not yet done. Only winning the Champions League title will satisfy their desires.
"DAVIES IS STILL GOING TO GET MUCH BETTER" - BOATENG
Alphonso Davies raised his stock even higher among football fans across the world with his performance in Bayern's win over Barcelona. His incredible run beyond Nelson Semedo to assist Kimmich's goal was an iconic moment in the win, and Bayern's players know how talented he is, but also how far he can go.
"Regarding that assist, I say 'wow!' It was world class," Boateng said afterwards. "In terms of his development it's not often there's such a talented youngster who explodes like that and finds their position. I'm really happy for him because he's a really likeable boy away from the pitch, he's kept his feet on the ground and hasn't gotten carried away."
8-2 PROVED BAYERN'S STRENGTH IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE
It's not often that you need to dissect an 8-2 win to further the point that the victorious team was, and is, outstanding. However one incredible factor from Bayern's win was that the Bundesliga and DFB Cup winners had already scored five goals before top-scoring Robert Lewandowski added his 14th Champions League goal of the season. The goals came from six different players in total, including two for substitute Philippe Coutinho. Bayern may have Lewandowski - the most in-form scorer in the world - but they don't always need him.
LYON'S BIGGEST NIGHT?
After stunning Manchester City to reach this stage, Lyon are regarded as underdogs once again tonight but the simplest of things may scupper their plans of advancing. Lyon haven't won back-to-back Champions League games since the 2011/12 season, when they beat Dinamo Zagreb and APOEL FC.
WILL HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF?
This is not the first time that Bayern have met Lyon in the semi-finals of the Champions League. In fact, it was exactly 10 years ago that the sides met at this stage of the competition. Over two legs, Bayern cruised into the final with Arjen Robben scoring in a 1-0 first leg win in Munich before a hat-trick from Ivica Olic in France secured a 4-0 aggregate win. Bayern will be looking for a similar result tonight.
BAYERN TEAM NEWS
You'll be unsurprised to hear that Flick has kept his side unchanged from their 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarter-finals last Friday. Benjamin Pavard is in Lisbon and has returned to training, but is not fit to make a return to the squad while Kingsley Coman remains on the bench alongside Niklas Süle, both unable to earn a start ahead of Ivan Perisic or Jerome Boateng respectively.
Here we go again, it's the second Champions League semi-final and after RB Leipzig's disappointing end to their European journey for 2019/20 yesterday, Bundesliga hope now remains on the shoulders of Bayern Munich. Can Hansi Flick's side go one step closer to a second continental treble in seven years? Let's find out...
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