Bayern Munich have capped off a perfect season by beating Paris Saint-Germain to win the Champions League.
Kingsley Coman’s header on the hour mark proved to be the difference, giving the Germans the famous trophy for a sixth time in their history.
It meant heartbreak for PSG’s superstars of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who were hoping to win only France’s second European title, following on from Marseille in 1993.
But for Bayern, it was the most poignant end to a post-lockdown run which saw them romp to the Bundesliga title under new boss Hansi Flick, before storming past their Champions League opponents of Chelsea, Barcelona and Lyon.
Bayern celebrate winning the Champions League (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas returned from a hamstring injury as the French side made one change for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
The German team also made a solitary change from the side which overcame Lyon in the semi-finals, as Kingsley Coman replaced Ivan Perisic.
PSG had received a message of good luck from former England midfielder David Beckham as they prepared for their first Champions League final, while Bayern were preparing for their 11th appearance in European football’s showpiece.
Coman’s header gave Bayern the lead in the Champions League final (Image: REUTERS) Bayern celebrate going ahead in the Champions League final (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
PSG were the first to seriously threaten with 17 minutes gone.
Having had two shots of his own blocked, Kylian Mbappe played in Neymar inside the area, but Manuel Neuer was able to divert his low shot.
Moments later Robert Lewandowski rattled the post with Bayern’s first clear chance, spinning in the penalty area before firing beyond the reach of PSG
In the 28th minute, PSG could only clear a free-kick as far as Ander Herrera who struck a powerful shot but saw the ball deflect off Leon Goretzka, though a goal-kick was given.
Neymar could not make the difference for PSG in the Champions League final (Image: UEFA via Getty Images)
At the other end, Lewandowski went close again, brilliantly adjusting himself to get his head on a deflected cross, but his close-range effort was straight at Navas.
Just before the break, a Bayern mistake gifted the ball to Mbappe inside the area but they overplayed it as he exchanged passes with Di Maria before the France striker shot straight at Neuer.
Bayern then wanted a penalty when Coman went down under the attentions of Thilo Kehrer, but the referee was not interested and VAR agreed, with the match goalless at half-time.
Neuer was in fine form to prevent PSG from going ahead in the first half (Image: UEFA via Getty Images)
Get the latest transfer news straight into your inbox!
Want to be on the ball with Jadon Sancho to Manchester United updates? Or perhaps you’re a Chelsea fan wondering who on earth could join next?
Well then sign up for the brilliant new Daily Star Sport email newsletter!
From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox.
How do you sign up?
It only takes a matter of seconds.
Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit ‘subscribe’.
And that’s it, job done. You’ll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.
You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.
The breakthrough came just before the hour as Joshua Kimmich lifted a ball into
the box and picked out Coman at the far post, with his header back across goal
Needing a response, PSG sent on Marco Verratti and managed to stem the tide of Bayern attacks before Marquinhos brought another fine save from Neuer when he met Di Maria’s cross just in front of goal.
But the break was not to come and Bayern secured their first European title since 2013 – and their sixth in history.