After an intense 12-day knockout tournament in Lisbon, it’s Champions League final day!!!
It’s a clash between ‘Final debutants vs five-time winners’ and also a game that will be played behind closed doors.
Between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Bayern Munich, one will be crowned as the champion of Europe.
While such an occasion deserves to be played in front of a full stadium, the 65,000-seat Estadio da Luz will be empty.
The competition was suspended for five months before finally resuming earlier in August. However, the atmosphere in the ground will be surreal for the few hundred who are allowed to attend.
As for the teams, Bayern have been rampant lately, scoring 18 goals in four knockout matches, while PSG haven’t had problems scoring either.
Getting all geared up for the final encounter, fans are sharing in their excitement with all.
After dispatching of Lyon in the semi-finals, Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich are one game from clinching a second treble in seven years when they face Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League final on Sunday (kick-off: 9pm CEST/8pm BST/3pm ET).
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PSG: Rico – Kehrer, Silva (c), Kimpembe, Bernat – Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes – Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe
Doubtful: Gueye (muscular), Kurzawa (thigh), Verratti (calf)
Out: Areola (ineligible), Navas (hamstring)
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Süle, Alaba, Davies – Goretzka, Thiago – Gnabry, Müller, Perisic – Lewandowski
Doubtful: Boateng (muscular)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Italian official Daniele Orsato is the man in charge of proceedings tonight. The 44-year-old has refereed five Champions League games so far this season, most recently Manchester City’s 2-1 win away to Real Madrid in the first leg of the last 16 in February.
He also officiated Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League quarter-finals a couple of weeks ago.
This is the 10th meeting overall between these two clubs, following eight encounters in the Champions League and one friendly. The latter was the most recent fixture, with Bayern running out 3-1 winners in a pre-season game in July 2018.
Prior to that, the weight of history was on PSG’s side, with the Parisians winning five to Bayern’s three in European competition. The teams faced off twice in the group stage in 2017/18: PSG won 3-0 at home – a result that spelled the end of Carlo Ancelotti’s stay as Bayern coach – before the Reds earned a 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena in the reverse fixture in December 2012.
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Thanks for joining us for all the build-up and live coverage of today’s continental showpiece. It’s sure to be a cracker, so stay tuned!
Watch: How Lewandowski has become the world’s best No.9
- Bayern have the best goals-per-game ratio in a single season in Champions League history (4.2). With 42 goals all told, the reigning Bundesliga champions need three more goals to equal Barcelona’s record 45-strike tally of 1999/2000.
- Lewandowski is the first player since Ronaldo to score in nine consecutive Champions League matches.
- Gnabry is third in this season’s Champions League scoring charts with nine goals, all of which have come away from home.
- Bayern’s meeting with PSG will be the fourth major UEFA competition final between German and French sides, with Germany successful in all three so far. It is the first time in 22 years that the final will be played out between two domestic champions.
- Bayern last met PSG in the 2017/18 group stage, winning 3-1 in Munich after losing 3-0 in Paris in Carlo Ancelotti’s final game as coach.
- Tuchel faced Bayern 17 times as a coach for Mainz and Dortmund. His record is: W5, D2, L10.