LIVE: Champions League final, PSG v Bayern Munich – Can Neymar and Co derail the seemingly-unstoppable German champions? All the latest as Europe watches on for a historic finale in Lisbon
- PSG starting XI: Navas, Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Ander Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe
- Bayern Munich starting XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Goretzka, Thiago, Gnabry, Muller, Coman, Lewandowski
6min: Still not seen much of PSG as an attacking threat, not that Bayern are shaping up that much better as Thiago Alcantara fires well off target 35 yards out, much to the annoyance of team-mate Robert Lewandowski.
3min: Good start from Bayern who take the game to PSG in the early stages. They win a free-kick on the left side but Josh Kimmich’s ball into the box is easily headed clear.
A reminder of how the teams will line-up…
PSG: Navas, Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Ander Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe.
Subs: Verratti, Sergio Rico, Choupo-Moting, Icardi, Sarabia, Kurzawa, Diallo, Draxler, Bakker, Gueye, Bulka, Dagba.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Goretzka, Thiago, Gnabry, Muller, Coman, Lewandowski.
Subs: Odriozola, Sule, Pavard, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Perisic, Lucas, Tolisso, Ulreich, Zirkzee, Hoffmann.
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
They have 69 goals and 13 clean sheets between them – with super-teams built by two record-breaking managers… the stats show how Bayern Munich and PSG rose above the rest to become Europe’s BEST
Both sides won all of their domestic competitions and they are hoping to add one more trophy before the marathon season draws to a close. Ahead of the exciting 2019-2020 final, Sportsmail takes a look at the stats show why the French and German clubs are the last teams standing.
But whose name will be etched on to the trophy at full time. If it is Bayern Munich’s let’s hope the engraver does a better job than the person who done it for the German side in 2013…
And the lucky man who will get to witness these European heavyweights clash in Lisbon is our chief sports writer, Martin Samuel who I am sure is flashing the biggest smile behind that mask.
Not bad for a first selfie, but be sure to read what I am sure will be his excellent coverage on the final following the full-time whistle.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have had a rocky relationship with PSG… the £360m strikers have both rocked the boat and tried to leave but tonight, they can usher in the finest chapter of the club’s trophy-laden history
These two didn’t get off to the best of starts at PSG, battling it out to be the top dog at the Parc des Princes. But despite their differences they have gone from strength to strength since and Sam Blitz has more on PSG’s deadly duo here.
Well I thought the PSG players were well dressed… then I checked out Neymar’s shoes. Still when you are worth nearly £200million you can wear what you want I guess.
Wait, is that a boom box he is carrying into the ground too?
For Paris Saint-Germain there is a change between the sticks as regular No 1 Keylor Navas comes back into the side in place of Sergio Rico after missing the semi-final through injury.
Bayern make a big call in tinkering with a winning side though as Ivan Perisic is dropped in favour of Kingsley Coman on the left wing. Jerome Boateng shakes off a leg injury to start at centre-back.
Neuer, Kimmich, Alaba, Boateng, Davies, Goretzka, Alcantara, Coman, Gnabry, Muller, Lewandowski.
Navas, Kehrer, Silva, Marquinhos, Bernat, Kimpembe, Paredes, Herrera, Di Maria, Mbappe, Neymar.
A bit more low-key for the Bayern boys though as in their training gear, they climb aboard the team bus. It’s business as usual for them as chase a sixth Champions League trophy to equal Liverpool, having last won it at Wembley in 2013.
To the cheers of their fans, the PSG team embark on the bus for their club’s first ever Champions League final.
Most of them well suited and booted with the exception of Mauro Icardi, who ditches the jacket and tie. Probably understandable in this heat.
RECAP: Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich: Hansi Flick’s men set up mouthwatering Champions League final against PSG as Serge Gnabry’s first-half double and Robert Lewandowski’s 55th goal of the season see off wasteful French underdogs
Meanwhile, Lyon put up a bit more of a fight in the first half against Bayern Munich in their semi-final, before Serge Gnabry took centre stage…
RECAP: PSG 3-0 RB Leipzig: French giants into their first EVER Champions League final as Angel Di Maria delivers scintillating display with a goal and two assists to swat aside German upstarts in Lisbon
Time for a quick look back at how these teams reached this final this week. PSG did it with relative ease after brushing aside RB Leipzig in the semi-final.
As poor as Leipzig were, if PSG play like that again this evening then Bayern are going to have a problem or two at the back.
Most of them are outside the team hotel, waiting for the team to depart for the Estadio da Luz.
Rooney backs PSG to overcome Bayern in the Champions League final
Beckham may have had some bias in backing PSG earlier, but another former England captain has now thrown his belief towards the French side in being able to see off Bayern Munich.
Wayne Rooney claims that the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and his former Manchester United team-mate Angel di Maria will have too much for the Bayern defence.
No happy memories though. It’s where Euro 2004 came to a crashing halt for the Three Lions after a quarter-final defeat by Porutgal on penalties. Some say they are still trying to track Beckham’s spot-kick in orbit…
Stickers in place, goals and corner flags being disinfected… kick-off is on the horizon as the sun sets in Portugal.
Commentators Darren Fletcher and Steve McManaman are among the ‘Fab Five’ in Lisbon for BT Sport for the Champions League final… the rest – including Gary Lineker – will be 990 MILES away in Stratford!
Something a little different as we come up to the two hours mark before kick-off.
BT Sport have done an excellent job in their coverage of the Champions League, and here is a great read from James Sharpe on how they will cover the final amid the coronavirus restrictions.
It has been seven years since David Beckham retired from football, ending his career at Paris Saint-Germain where he would pick up one last league title in doing so.
No surprise to see he has backed his former club this evening against Bayern, who Beckham of course also has previous in defeating in Champions League finals. Manchester United, trebles, 1999 something, something…
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin set for talks over KEEPING Champions League and Europa League single-leg quarter and semi-finals next season
There is no doubt that all things considered, this mini-tournament in Lisbon has proven a success based on the on-pitch entertainment we have seen over the last couple of weeks.
But how much of that is down to the single leg format? It’s certainly one to be debated, and that is what UEFA are keen to discuss about keeping in the future.
It’s hard not to feel physically ill looking at that Bayern away kit. What were they thinking?! It’s fair to say the Champions League has come a long way since then, the famous badge on the sleeve hadn’t even been settled on at that point (that would come a year later.)
For the record, PSG won this September meeting too thanks to goals from George Weah and Daniel Bravo (below)
And who beat them in 2017? Of course it was PSG who triumphed in a group stage clash, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Neymar, Edinson Cavani (both pictured from the game below) and Dani Alves.
Bayern have played 15 times on the road since, winning 12 of them.
These teams have met eight times in total in the Champions League as far back as 1994 up until 2017, but all have been in the group stage. They have never drawn a game, with PSG edging the head-to-heads with five wins.
Jerome Boateng a DOUBT for Bayern Munich ahead of the final
Not a complete shock to hear this to be honest. The centre-back has gone off with a knock in the previous three matches of his tournament and you can find more details below.
It’s touching on 30 degrees Celsius in the Portuguese capital, which of course is where the final will be held at the Estadio da Luz.
There may be no fans inside the ground this evening but there are some in and around the city… and also a gigantic Champions League trophy on display.
Bet even one that tall is still not as heavy as the real Europa League trophy…
The Champions League got underway 14 months ago but finally we are down to just two teams for what has the makings of a classic as I welcome you to our live coverage of the final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Paris Saint-Germain meet Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Sunday night.
The French champions breezed into the final after thrashing RB Leipzig in their semi-finals, and with the front three of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Angel Di Maria will be confident of causing problems for Hansi Flick’s defence.
Bayern caught the eye with their 8-2 demolition of Barcelona in the quarter-finals, before shooting down Lyon in the last four.
You can follow all the build-up to the Estadio da Luz showdown with Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY…
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