Bayern Munich have been crowned Champions League winners for a sixth time, holding off PSG for a 1-0 victory in Lisbon.
The German giants edged past a valiant Paris Saint-Germain outfit in a very close encounter. Collectively, the sides had 22 shots taken between them, while only five were on target.
Both clubs were previewed for an attacking spectacle, with the stronger defensive structure set to come out on top, and the matchup failed to let us down.
Bayern captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was brilliant and held his composure when PSG were pressing forward.
Neuer denied Brazilian star Neymar an opener, before Robert Lewandowski struck the post on the return.
The game-winner came at the 59th-minute mark when Frenchman Kingsley Coman headed in a cross to give the German side the match-winning goal.
The game ended in controversy with a lot of criticism surrounding a potentially game-changing penalty to PSG could have been awarded.
Trailing with 20 minutes to go, Neymar released Mbappe in the box with the Frenchman cutting past two defenders before going down under a challenge from Joshua Kimmich.
The referee waved play on, pointing to the ball, but closer inspection revealed Mbappe got a toe in first before being hit from behind.
PSG players will likely feel aggrieved once they see the replay. Those feelings will only be compounded by the fact that VAR was not used to check the decision.
Optus Sports analysts Luke Wilshire and Michael Bridges said the decision should have gone in PSG’s favour.
“As a striker, he’s got kicked inside the area from behind,” Bridges said. “Kimmich’s got nowhere near the ball. I’m saying that’s got to be given as a penalty.”
“It’s a close call, he’s just got in front of Kimmich there and again you’ve seen them given. He doesn’t get the ball Kimmich, and Mbappe’s clever and he’s got his foot just in front,” Wilshire said.
Fans were quick to vent their frustration over the controversial call on social media.
That contact on Mbappe looked more like a penalty to me though
— Siavoush Fallahi (@SiavoushF) August 23, 2020
he doesn’t just get no contact on the ball-he’s almost a yard away from it, and goes into the back of mbappe after the ball had gone, should be a definite penalty
— jacobhawkins5 (@jacobhawkins51) August 23, 2020