Serge Gnabry struck a first-half brace and Robert Lewandowski additionally scored as a ruthless Bayern Munich taught Lyon a harsh lesson of their Champions League semi-final in Lisbon on Wednesday, profitable 3-Zero to arrange a tantalising remaining in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon squandered two golden alternatives to go forward early on on the Estadio Jose Alvalade, by Memphis Depay and Karl Toko-Ekambi. Inside seconds of the latter miss, Gnabry had blasted Bayern into an 18th-minute lead in beautiful model, and the Germany winger scored once more simply after the half-hour mark. Gnabry, who scored 4 occasions in Bayern’s 7-2 annihilation of Tottenham Hotspur within the group stage, has now scored 9 in 9 appearances on this season’s competitors.
Lewandowski’s inevitable objective, his 55th of the season, got here two minutes from time.
Bayern as a workforce have 42 objectives in 10 Champions League outings, with this extra modest victory following their 8-2 trouncing of Barcelona within the quarter-finals.
“We knew this might be a tough sport,” insisted coach Hansi Flick. “We would have liked a little bit of luck to get by the opening phases earlier than Serge made the distinction.”
They’ve gained all their European matches this season however the greatest take a look at awaits, in opposition to a PSG aspect who shall be a step up from what they confronted right here.
Lyon got here seventh within the final French season, which was shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic. PSG gained Ligue 1 and crushed RB Leipzig 3-Zero of their semi-final.
It guarantees to be an enthralling remaining, even within the weird ambiance behind closed doorways in Portugal’s capital.
“For me, it is a dream come true. Taking part in within the UEFA Champions League and making it to the ultimate. It is all the pieces you may ask for,” Bayern’s Alphonso Davies informed BT Sport.
The German champions shall be trying to win their sixth European Cup, seven years on from their final Champions League triumph. It is going to be their 11th remaining altogether, in opposition to a membership showing of their first ever remaining.
For Lyon there shall be disappointment as their second semi-final look ends the identical means as their first, a defeat by Bayern in 2010.
– Step too far –
This was a step too far for Rudi Garcia’s aspect following their shock successes in opposition to Juventus and Manchester Metropolis.
Now they have to rouse themselves for a brand new Ligue 1 season which is nearly to start out, however there shall be no European soccer in any respect for Lyon in 2020/21, for the primary time in 24 years.
They might have needed to win this Champions League simply to qualify once more, and to be honest they may marvel what might need been on this semi-final had they taken no less than a kind of early probabilities.
“Congratulations to Bayern. I do not assume they had been unbeatable,” stated Toko-Ekambi. “We had probabilities to attain and we performed properly.”
Bayern actually take dangers with their extremely excessive line, inviting opponents to attempt to get in behind them.
Lyon’s probability arrived contained in the fourth minute. Maxence Caqueret intercepted a Thiago Alcantara move, appeared up and launched Depay. The Dutchman went spherical Manuel Neuer however, with the angle tightening, he might solely discover the side-netting along with his shot.
– Astonishing transformation –
The following huge let-off for the Bavarians got here when Leo Dubois despatched a move in behind for Toko-Ekambi. He acquired his shot away on the second try however hit the upright.
Simply 49 seconds after that, Lyon had been behind.
Gnabry reduce in from the best into the center earlier than letting fly from simply contained in the field. His thumping left-foot strike gave Anthony Lopes no probability.
It was a distinct sport after that and Gnabry made it 2-Zero within the 33rd minute.
He stole possession within the Lyon half and laid the ball out to Ivan Perisic. The Croatian’s low cross ought to have been transformed by Lewandowski. Lopes saved from him however Gnabry transformed the follow-up.
Substitute Philippe Coutinho had a late effort disallowed for offside, earlier than Lewandowski made it 3-Zero as he headed dwelling Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick.
Bayern now have 20 consecutive victories and are unbeaten in 29 matches, a run that started final December. Just some weeks earlier than that Bayern had been in a large number, having sacked coach Niko Kovac.
The transformation beneath Flick has been astonishing and they’re now 90 minutes away from ending this longest of seasons with a treble.
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