Bayern Munich Ease Past Lyon To Reach Champions League Final
German champions, Bayern Munich easily brushed aside Lyon with a 3-0 victory to book an 11th appearance in the Champions League final.
Lyon squandered two golden opportunities to go ahead early on at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, through Memphis Depay shooting wide after running clear and Karl Toko-Ekambi striking the upright from close range after cutting in from the right.
Within seconds of the latter miss, Serge Gnabry had blasted Bayern into an 18th-minute lead in stunning style, and the Germany winger scored again just after the half-hour mark.
Gnabry, who scored four times in Bayern’s 7-2 annihilation of Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage, has now scored nine in nine appearances in this season’s competition.
Robert Lewandowski‘s inevitable goal, his 55th of the season, came two minutes from time.
Bayern as a team have 42 goals in 10 Champions League outings, with this more modest victory following their 8-2 trouncing of Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
Bayern’s win ends their run of having lost the previous four Champions League semi-finals in which they had appeared. It also keeps them on course for a treble of trophies in Hansi Flick‘s stellar debut campaign as coach.
Sunday’s tantalising final is now setup as Bayern will play against Paris Saint-Germain.