Lisbon, 20 August 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Five-time champions Bayern Munich overcame a shaky start to beat Olympique Lyon 3-0 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League final where they face another French side in Paris Saint-Germain.
Serge Gnabry scored a first-half brace and tournament top scorer Robert Lewandowski wrapped up matters as Bayern made it a record-equalling 10 wins out of 10 games in the competition after Lyon wasted early chances from Memphis Depay and Toko Nkambo.
Bayern were not as glorious as in their 8-2 quarter-final demolition of Barcelona but clinical and rarely troubled after Gnabry’s goals as they advanced into the final for the 11th time behind closed doors at Estadio Jose Alvelade.
On Sunday at the Eastadio da Luz, Bayern aim to complete a title treble for the second time after 2013 in what promises an intriguing duel of attacking power against PSG who beat RB Leipzig 3-0 in the other French-German semi-final on Tuesday to reach the final for the first time.
Gnabry, Lewandowski who has 15 goals in the event and 55 overall for the season, Thomas Mueller and company will face a PSG team of German coach Thomas Tuchel who boast Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria.
Munich are unbeaten in 29 games of which they have won 28 and scored 96 goals in the process.
The two sides have met eight times before in the event, all in the group stage, with PSG winning five games and Bayern three.
Munich coach Hansi Flick and Lyon’s Rudi Garcia saw no reason to change their starting 11 from their impressive quarter-final wins against Barca and Manchester City (3-1), respectively.
It took just four minutes until Lyon sent a stern warning to Bayern, with Tiago Alcantara playing a poor pass and Maxence Caqueret feeding Memphis Depay who tried to round Manuel Neuer and hit the side-netting.
Lyon had a second golden opportunity on the counter in the 18th when Toto Nkambi was denied by the right post as Bayern struggled at the back like early on against Barcelona.
But seconds later Bayern were on top 1-0 when Gnabry smashed into the top left corner from the edge of the area for his seventh goal of the competition after after cutting in from the right and running past two defenders.
Gnabry had a second chance which was saved by Anthony Lopes in the 24th and although Munich were still not as sharp as in their demolition of Barca Lyon were by now rattled and the Germans controlled the action.
Munich’s second came in the 33rd when Gnabry tapped home on the rebound after Lewandowski shockingly failed to beat Lopes from point-blank range after Ivan Perisic’s low cross from the left.
Lewandowski astonishingly missed again to hit into the empty net shortly afterwards, and Ivan Perisic was denied by Lopes six minutes after the restart.
But the affair was not over yet as Neuer had to stick out his foot to deny Nkambi in the 58th.
Lyon bravely fought on and Garcia brought on City match-winner Moussa Demebele and 17-year-old talent Rayan Cherki but it was to no avail as they were also beaten in their second semi-final by Bayern, as in in 2010.
Full-back Benjamin Pavard returned from injury for the final minutes for Munich before Lewandowski rose to head his 15th goal of the campaign in the 87th, just two shy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s record 17.