|Event||2019–20 UEFA Champions League|
|Date||23 August 2020|
|Venue||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon|
|Man of the Match||Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich)|
|Referee||Daniele Orsato (Italy)|
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The 2020 UEFA Champions League Final was the final match of the 2019–20 UEFA Champions League, the 65th season of Europe's premier club football tournament organised by UEFA, and the 28th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League. It was played on 23 August 2020 at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal, between French club Paris Saint-Germain, in their first European Cup final, and German club Bayern Munich. As with the 2010 and 2015 finals, both teams were seeking a win to secure the treble. The match was held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.
The final was originally scheduled to be played at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30 May 2020. However, UEFA announced on 23 March 2020 that the final was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 17 June 2020, the UEFA Executive Committee chose to relocate the final to Lisbon, as part of a "final-eight tournament" consisting of single-match knockout ties played in two stadiums across the city. The match was the first ever European Cup/Champions League final to be played on a Sunday, and the first since 2009 to not be played on a Saturday. It was be the first ever final of the competition to be played after June.
Bayern won the match 1–0 to secure their sixth European Cup title, thanks to goal from their winger, who was born in Paris and is also a former PSG academy player, Kingsley Coman in the 59th minute. His winning goal eventually rewarded him to become Man of the Match. With this result, Bayern finally completed their hunt for their continental treble, after previously winning 2019–20 Bundesliga and 2019–20 DFB-Pokal. It is their second continental treble in club's history. They also became the first team to claim any European competition with a 100% winning record. As the winners, Bayern earned the right to play against the winners of the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League, Sevilla, in the 2020 UEFA Super Cup. They also qualified to enter the group stage of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League; but since they had already qualified through their league performance, the berth reserved was given to the first-placed team of the abandoned 2019–20 Eredivisie (Ajax), the 11th-ranked association according to next season's access list.
In the following table, finals until 1992 were in the European Cup era, since 1993 were in the UEFA Champions League era.
|Team||Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)|
|Bayern Munich||10 (1974, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1999, 2001, 2010, 2012, 2013)|
The UEFA Executive Committee chose the venue – officially known as the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica – at their meeting on 17 June 2020. This is the second UEFA Champions League final hosted at the stadium; the first was in 2014, when Real Madrid secured their 10th title by beating Atlético Madrid 4–1 in the first ever final between teams from the same city.
The home stadium of Portuguese Primeira Liga side Benfica since 2003, it was rebuilt to host five matches of UEFA Euro 2004, including the final. Before its demolition in 2003, to make way for the new 65,000-capacity ground, the original Estádio da Luz hosted the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup Final, where Werder Bremen beat Monaco 2–0, and the second leg of the 1983 UEFA Cup Final, where Anderlecht secured a 1–1 draw with Benfica to lift the trophy.
Lisbon had also staged a European Cup final in 1967, when Scottish side Celtic beat Inter Milan of Italy 2–1 at the Estádio Nacional. The Portuguese capital also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final at the Estádio José Alvalade, home of Benfica's local rivals and finalists Sporting CP, who lost 3–1 to CSKA Moscow.
Paris Saint-Germain reached their first ever Champions League final, becoming the 5th unique finalist from France and the 41st overall. They entered the final having played 110 prior matches in the European Cup/Champions League, the most for a final debutant, surpassing Arsenal's record of 90 matches prior to the 2006 final. The match is the seventh final to feature a French team, and the first since Monaco in 2004. Marseille are the only French club to have won the competition, doing so in 1993. The match is the third time Paris Saint-Germain have appeared in the final of a UEFA competition, having previously appeared in two consecutive finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The club won the 1996 final 1–0 against Rapid Wien, before losing 1–0 against Barcelona while attempting to defend their title in the 1997 final. PSG also featured in the 1996 UEFA Super Cup, losing 9–2 on aggregate to Juventus. Paris are attempting to become the first French team to complete a continental treble, having won Ligue 1, which was awarded to them as the season was ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic in France and the Coupe de France. The club also won the final season of the Coupe de la Ligue (league cup) and the Trophée des Champions (super cup), thus winning all four domestic titles, though only the main domestic cup competition is considered for a continental treble. Consequently, they also aim to achieve a unique quadruple by winning the domestic league, two national cups and the premier European competition.
Bayern Munich reached their eleventh European Cup/Champions League final, tying Milan for the second-most number of finals behind Real Madrid's 16. In their prior finals, Bayern Munich won on five occasions in 1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 and 2013, and lost in 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010 and 2012. The match is Bayern's 13th overall final in European competition, having won the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup Final 1–0 after extra time against Rangers and the 1996 UEFA Cup Final 5–1 on aggregate against Bordeaux. Bayern Munich are also chasing a second treble in club history (previously doing so in 2012–13), having won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. Entering the final, Bayern are on a 20-match winning streak and undefeated in 2020, having not lost in their prior 29 matches (winning 28 and drawing once). With their semi-final win, Bayern also tied the record for the most consecutive wins in competition history, as well as the most wins from the start of the competition, with 10. Bayern are the second team to have entered the final with a perfect winning record, after Milan in 1993, who lost to the only French winners in competition history, Marseille. Bayern are also the second club to reach the final after winning all six group stage matches, after the aforementioned Milan team in 1992–93. Bayern Munich scored 42 goals in 10 matches during the competition prior to the final, second only to Barcelona's record of 45 goals in 16 matches during the 1999–2000 season. However, Bayern set a new record for the best goals per game ratio in competition history following their quarter-final (regardless of the outcome of the remainder of the competition), with 4.2 per match after their semi-final victory. Entering the final, forward Robert Lewandowski scored 15 goals in 9 matches during the Champions League season, with only Cristiano Ronaldo having scored more in a single campaign (17 in 2013–14 and 16 in 2015–16). Lewandowski also tied Ruud van Nistelrooy's mark from 2002–03 of scoring in nine consecutive Champions League matches, second only to Ronaldo's 11 from 2017–18. Bayern manager Hans-Dieter Flick became the 15th individual to appear in a Champions League final as both a player and manager, having played for Bayern in their loss to Porto in the 1987 final.
The final is the ninth meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, with a record of five wins for PSG and three wins for Bayern. The fixture is the first knockout match between the sides, with all their prior meetings occurring in the Champions League group stages. The sides most recently met in the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League group stage; Paris won the first match 3–0 at home, while Bayern won the return match 3–1. As the sides were level on points, PSG won the group on head-to-head goal difference. The match is the second European Cup final to feature a French and German team, after the 1976 final between Bayern and Saint-Étienne. Overall, it is the fourth final in European competition between teams from France and Germany, also occurring in the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup Final (between Werder Bremen and Monaco) and the 1996 UEFA Cup Final (between Bayern and Bordeaux). On all three occasions, German teams were victorious. It is also the third final in which both teams entered the match seeking a win to secure the treble, previously occurring in 2010 and 2015. Both finalists in 1999 also were seeking a treble, though Bayern had not yet contested their domestic cup final, which they ultimately lost. The final is also the second to feature two German managers, after the 2013 final with managers Jürgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund and Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Munich.
Road to the final
Note: In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first (H: home; A: away; N: neutral).
|Paris Saint-Germain||Round||Bayern Munich|
|Real Madrid||3–0 (H)||Matchday 1||Red Star Belgrade||3–0 (H)|
|Galatasaray||1–0 (A)||Matchday 2||Tottenham Hotspur||7–2 (A)|
|Club Brugge||5–0 (A)||Matchday 3||Olympiacos||3–2 (A)|
|Club Brugge||1–0 (H)||Matchday 4||Olympiacos||2–0 (H)|
|Real Madrid||2–2 (A)||Matchday 5||Red Star Belgrade||6–0 (A)|
|Galatasaray||5–0 (H)||Matchday 6||Tottenham Hotspur||3–1 (H)|
|Group A winners
|Final standings||Group B winners
|Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg||Knockout phase||Opponent||Agg.||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Borussia Dortmund||3–2||1–2 (A)||2–0 (H)||Round of 16||Chelsea||7–1||3–0 (A)||4–1 (H)|
|Atalanta||2–1 (N)||Quarter-finals||Barcelona||8–2 (N)|
|RB Leipzig||3–0 (N)||Semi-finals||Lyon||3–0 (N)|
The original identity of the 2020 UEFA Champions League Final was unveiled at the group stage draw on 29 August 2019.
The ambassador for the original Istanbul final is former Turkish international Hamit Altıntop, who finished as runner-up in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich as well as winning the 2003 and 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cups with Schalke 04.
On 20 August 2020, UEFA named Italian Daniele Orsato as the referee for the final. Orsato had been a FIFA referee since 2010, and was previously the fourth official in the 2019 UEFA Europa League Final. He was also an assistant video assistant referee in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. He was also an additional assistant referee at UEFA Euro 2016 and a video assistant referee at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He was joined by four of his fellow countrymen, with Lorenzo Manganelli and Alessandro Giallatini as assistant referees, Massimiliano Irrati as the video assistant referee and Marco Guida as the assistant VAR official. The fourth official was Ovidiu Hațegan of Romania, while Spaniards Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar and Alejandro Hernández Hernández served as the offside VAR and VAR support officials, respectively.
Each team made one change to their starting line-up following the semi-finals. After recovering from injury, Paris Saint-Germain first-choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas started in place of Sergio Rico. For Bayern Munich, manager Hans-Dieter Flick decided to replace Ivan Perišić, who had started in the three prior Champions League matches, with Paris native Kingsley Coman on the left wing. Centre-back Jérôme Boateng was also deemed fit to start for Bayern, having suffered a minor injury in the semi-final which required him to be substituted off at half-time.
Paris Saint-Germain kicked off the match, though Bayern Munich began quickly in the opening stages, before Paris found their way into the game after 10 minutes. In the 18th minute, PSG had their first clear opportunity when Kylian Mbappé passed the ball to Neymar in the left side of the penalty area, who had his shot blocked by the leg of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. In the 22nd minute, Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski received the ball in the penalty area, swiveling and shooting the ball towards the goal which deflected off the inside of the left post and back into play. Two minutes later, Ángel Di María found himself with space in front of goal after a one-two with Ander Herrera, but shot the ball over the crossbar of Neuer's goal. During the sequence, Bayern defender Jérôme Boateng injured himself, and had to be replaced by Niklas Süle. Herrera had a drop kick deflected wide of the Bayern goal in the 29th minute, while Lewandowski's 31st-minute dipping header was parried by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas. In the 45th minute, a misplaced pass by David Alaba in the Bayern back line fell in front of Mbappé, who played a one-two with Herrera before shooting the ball straight at Neuer when confronted by a clear opening on goal. In the following minute of first-half stoppage time, Kingsley Coman was contacted on the shoulder by the arm of defender Thilo Kehrer and went down in the penalty area after cutting down the goal line. However, referee Daniele Orsato dismissed the Bayern appeals for a penalty, and blew for half-time with the match scoreless.
In the second half, Bayern scored the only goal in the 59th minute with a header by Coman, a PSG academy graduate. Thomas Müller laid a pass from Serge Gnabry back to right-back Joshua Kimmich, who crossed the ball from the right into the box towards the unmarked Coman at the far post, which was headed across the goal past Navas and into the right corner of the net. Following the goal, Bayern quickly created additional opportunities in the Parisian half, but were unable to capitalise on the chances. Bayern subsequently switched to a more defensive approach, and in the 70th minute Neuer made another save with his leg after Marquinhos found himself clear on goal following a pass from Ángel Di María into the left side of the penalty box. Three minutes later, Mbappé was caught on the back of his foot by Kimmich after cutting inside the Bayern penalty area, but referee Orsato again decided to not award a penalty. The final chance of the match came in stoppage time, when Mbappé ran down the inside-left channel and passed to Neymar on the left side of Bayern's penalty box, who turned sharply and shot wide of the far post, with substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's outstretched leg failing to meet the ball directly in front of the goal. Minutes later, the match ended as a 1–0 win for Bayern, securing the continental treble.
The "home" team (for administrative purposes) was determined by an additional draw held on 10 July 2020 (after the quarter-final and semi-final draws), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
|23 August 2020
|Paris Saint-Germain||0–1||Bayern Munich||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Man of the Match:
- UEFA Champions League (official website)
- 2020 UEFA Champions League Final at Wikipedia
- Match report at bbc.co.uk
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