Bayern Munich are a team on a mission right now looking to set up a date in the Champions League final against PSG by defeating their inspired French rivals Lyon in the semi-finals. They did so with utter conviction thanks to a dominant 3-0 win, even though Lyon gave a bigger fighter than Barcelona!
After a very shaky start, Bayern scored almost against the run of play when Serge Gnabry went on a brilliant run past defenders before powering a thunderous shot into the net to open the scoring in the 18th minute.
Gnabry then orchestrated and finished off an electric attack in the 32nd to get his second and double the lead for Bayern. Robert Lewandowski then capped off a dominant win with his 15 UCL goal of the season in the 88th minute, ensuring a comfortable place in the finale. Lyon tried very hard, but their inability to finish off chances only motivated Bayern to pounce more misery. They now have only one hurdle to climb before they can get the hands on their 6th UCL title, something they want to win desperately.
Here are Bayern Munich player ratings vs Lyon.
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Hans-Dieter Flick (7.5) –
Flick got some early headaches after Lyon started in such impressive fashion, but he reorganized his side’s shape to sustain their counter-attacks perfectly and kept them motivated to run at their defenders. It paid off as Gnabry created moments of magic, while Bayern outwitted Lyon into losing their solidity around their penalty area.
Flick’s decision to play Thiago instead of the now-fit Pavard worked wonders as the Spaniard kick-started most of their chances with his brilliant passes, while his substitutions were well timed as well. He could be worried if Boateng miss the final, but knowing his in-game management style and packed squad, Bayern should remain the ruthless machine he’s transformed them into since taking the job on Sunday against PSG.
Manuel Neuer (7.5) –
Stayed strong to widen the scope of scoring for Memphis early on, forcing him to miss a great 1v1 chance. Makes another brilliant save to deny Ekambi from yards out in the 59th. Made an Olympic long-throw to influence a chance for Coutinho in the 78th too! Denied Lyon any chance to influence a comeback and forced poor misses with his daunting presence. Well-deserved clean-sheet!
Joshua Kimmich (7.5) –
Kimmich looked pumped for this game and is working hard on the right, not allowing Lyon much space to move through his wing. Gets his customary assist with a great free-kick to hand Lewandowski his goal late on. Another complete performance from Kimmich, who was an absolute workhorse on the right and not only made key defensive contributions but helped Bayern dominate possession with his clever distribution.
Jerome Boateng (6.5) –
Boateng’s started the game strongly, making a few vital challenges to deny Lyon sniffs at goal early on. The German led from the front with his confident, assertive defending and saved his side from a lot of trouble. But picked up a possible injury doing so, leading him to get subbed after the break.
David Alaba (7.0) –
Alaba has to be careful defending against the electric counter-attacks of Lyon today. Was all over the place defending against Ekambi in the 17th, allowing him to slither into the box and hit the post. But the Austrian gained the upper-hand as the game went on, making a few terrific tackles and clearances to stop Lyon from mounting any kind of a comeback. Took control after Boateng left, leading from the front to guarantee a clean sheet.
Alphonso Davies (7.0) –
Bayern’s Road Runner is tormenting Lyon’s defenders with his menacing forward runs right from the get-go. Making the defenders sweat with his blistering movement and ability to burst into the box. Played a superb through-ball to send Perisic free in the 51st, only to see him miss. Bumbled forward with confidence and used his electric pace to make impressive recovery tackles, not allowing Lyon any space down his side.
Thiago Alcantara(7.5) –
The Spaniard was VERY LUCKY not to be responsible for Bayern going behind in the 4th after his botched pass caused a dangerous counter-attack that was wasted. Seems to have gotten back to his groove after that early stutter, making gorgeous passes to disorientate Lyon’s defence.
While his defensive contribution was still a bit shaky as Aouar ran rings around him late on, but Thiago’s brilliant influence over dictating tempo from deep and breaking open Lyon’s defence definitely aided his side’s win.
Leon Goretzka (7.0) –
The midfielder almost opened the scoring in the 10th after playing a sweet one-two with Lewandowski, but his shot was too weak to get past the goalie. Had a few bombing attempts from long blocked by his own teammates, but Goretzka put in another tenacious performance, covering a lot of ground and boxing out Lyon’s midfielders into nullifying their threat.
Thomas Muller (6.0) –
The witty German wasn’t able to be at his influential best in the first-half, mostly because of the strict man-marking from the Lyon midfielders. But his movement and overall distribution caused problems, as Muller almost gained an assist in the 79th, but his terrific defence-splitting pass unluckily found Coutinho offside.
Ivan Perisic (6.5) –
Perisic produced a trademark whipped cross to create chaos among Lyon players leading up to the second goal. Was sent through on goal in the 51st-minute, but hit a shot straight at the goalkeeper in a 1v1 situation. But Perisic still orchestrated a lot of good things on the left and produced a pretty good performance before being subbed out after the hour-mark.
Serge Gnabry (9.0) –
After a slowish start, Gnabry proved his class by drifting past a number of defenders and absolute bursting a thunderbolt into the top corner for the opener. Then strikes another blazing shot into goal in the 25th only to see it saved well. Does a great job in bursting Bayern forward and playing Perisic free before scoring from Lewandowski’s mistake.
Produced a pitch-perfect cross to hand a goal to Lewandowski only to see him miss in the 38th. Gnabry was at the root of everything great about Bayern’s attack today and inspired them into the final with a stunning performance.
Robert Lewandowski (7.5) –
Lewandowski has an insane record in the UCL this season and continued adding to it. Played a clever pass for Goretzka’s early chance. Cleverly skipped past the Lyon players to get in a decent scoring area in the 30th, but saw his attempts thwarted by the goalkeeper. Produces a shocking miss a few yards away from the net but lucky to see Gnabry pounce on his mistake to score his second. Then misses another easy tap-in minutes later!
His shocking set of misses continue in the second half as he again botched an attempt he’d normally score in the 67th. But he’s finally rewarded for his persistence with a goal late on, climbing above a defender to power a header into the net. That’s 55 (!) for him this season. Even in a frustrating performance, he gets a goal+assist – proving why he’s the best in the world right now.
Niklas Sule (6.0) –
Looked nervy against Lyon’s pacy counter-attacks initially but settled in well to see the game through for his side.
Kingsley Coman (6.5) –
Tormented the tired Lyon defenders with his movement and almost got an assist late on after his terrific cross was skied over the bar by Tolisso.
Philippe Coutinho (6.5) –
Coutinho is raving in confidence after that Barca performance and almost scored again in the 79th, when his swerving shot was deflected wide. Then produced a moment of brilliance to score a minute later, only to see it ruled out due to offside. Looked proactive and threatening with his movement but couldn’t get a goal contribution today.
Benjamin Pavard (N/R) –
His first UCL performance after the break. Looked energetic and could play in the final!
Corentin Tolisso (N/R) –
Missed a sitter late on to deny Bayern a 4th goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Gnabry was obsessed in being the best player on the pitch today and achieved his objective. His movement, ability to burst through at Lyon’s defence and break their lines effectively won Bayern the game. Scored a brilliant brace and bossed the show before being subbed. He’s my MOTM for today.