Champions leauge how far

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Serge Gnabry struck a first-half brace and Robert
Lewandowski also scored as a ruthless Bayern Munich
taught Lyon a harsh lesson in their Champions League
semifinal in Lisbon on Wednesday, winning 3-0 to set
up a tantalising final against Paris Saint-Germain
Lyon squandered two golden opportunities to go ahead
early on at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, through Memphis
Depay and Karl Toko-Ekambi.
Within seconds of the latter miss, 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.
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.
“We knew this would be a hard game,” insisted coach
Hansi Flick. “We needed a bit of luck to get through the
opening stages before Serge made the difference.”
They have won all their European matches this season
but the biggest test awaits, against a PSG side who will
be a step up from what they faced here.
Lyon came seventh in the last French season, which
was shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic.
PSG won Ligue 1 and crushed RB Leipzig 3-0 in their
semifinal.
It promises to be an enthralling final, even in the bizarre
atmosphere behind closed doors in Portugal’s capital.
“For me, it’s a dream come true. Playing in the Uefa
Champions League and making it to the final. It’s
everything you can ask for,” Bayern’s Alphonso Davies
told BT Sport.
The German champions will be looking to win their
sixth European Cup, seven years on from their last
Champions League triumph. It will be their 11th final
altogether, against a club appearing in their first ever
final.
For Lyon there will be disappointment as their second
semifinal appearance ends the same way as their first,
a defeat by Bayern in 2010.

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