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Minute-by-minute report: It’s the big one in Lisbon, with PSG hoping for a first European Cup and Bayern their sixth. Paul Doyle will guide you through
45 min: What a chance! A blunder at the back by Bayern gifts the ball to Mbappé, who exchanges quick passes with Di Maria and then finds himself with the ball at his feet eight yards from goal. And he shoots a gentle shot straight at the Neuer!
45 min: Kimpembe is caught trying to play out of his box, but gets away with it when Muller gives away a senseless. “You didn’t really invite MBMers to submit ideas about job-related tattoos, did you?” stammers Mike Wilner. “You must have a lot of trust in Guardian readers. Either that or there won’t be many submissions from physicians, sewerage workers, etc.” Come on, Mike, are you really telling me you haven’t noticed that we operate strict quality control filters here? Oh.
43 min: Lovely work by Neymar and Di Maria as PSG threaten for the first time in a while. But Süle breaks it up and suddenly Bayern are attacking at the other end, until Marquinhos disrupts their groove.
42 min: A gorgeous cross from the left by Davies. Bernat leaps high to stop Lewandowski from getting a clean header on it.
40 min: Kimmich’s corner headed clear by Kimpembe. See how many times you can say that very fast. “My trade-inspired body art would be a tattoo of a spread sheet on my forehead,” blurts Utkarsh Sharma, a trend setter if ever there was one.
Updated at 8.40pm BST
37 min: Marquinhos escapes a yellow card despite hauling down Lewandowski after over-running the ball. Can Bayern punish him from the freekick instead? IT’s too far for a shot but a good chance to drop the ball around the penalty area. No! Because Marquinhos redeems himself by heading it away.
35 min: More nifty work by Coman. This time his inviting cross is allowed to run all the way through to Navas, who claims it. Then exhales. Meanwhile, the camera has just panned to one of the Bayern subs (didn’t notice which one), who has a tattoo of a football on his leg. That’s the equivalent of me having a tattoo of a laptop on my ... lap. How about you, what would your trade-inspired body art be?
Updated at 8.36pm BST
33 min: Coman is a growing threat. He nutmegs Kehrer and pings in a wicked cross that Silva does well to head away.
31 min: A cool challenge in the box by Kehrer, who kept his eye on the ball as Coman tried to dance past him. But Bayern recycle possession and work it out to the right, from where a dangerous cross come in from Kimmich. It takes a nick off Kimpembe but Lewandowsk adjusts quickly, arcing back to direct a header on target rom six yards. Navas reacts just as sharply to bat it away!
29 min: Neymar’s freekick is headed out of the box. Herrera’s lashes it back towards goal but it deflects wide.
28 min: Davies booked for pulling down Kehrer near the touchline after misjudging a bounce. PSG have a frekick in a promising crossing position...
25 min: Bayern substitution: Süle on, Boateng off. The change is enforced by an injury to Boateng, who seems to have suffered a recurrence of a knee problem.
24 min: Neymar leads a vicious counter-attack, combing with Mbappé before raiding through the middle and feeding Herrera, who plays a canny little pass through to Di Maria. The Argentine’s shot flies over the bar from 16 yards.
22 min: Davies races down the left and delivers and clever low cross. It’s slightly behind Lewandowski, who takes it and then swivels and gets off a bobby shot that beat Navas ... and bounces out off the post!
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern takes a shot which hits the post.
Robert Lewandowski of Bayern takes a shot which hits the post. Photograph: David Ramos/EPA
Updated at 8.27pm BST
22 min: After Bayern dominated the first 10 minutes, PSG have come back strong and looked the more menacing. Mbappé is a particular problem for Bayern.
20 min: Gnabry fizzes a dangerous pass through to Kimmich but it’s a tiny bit too heavy, and Kimmich can’t get to it before it runs out of play.
18 min: PSG attack down the left again. Mbappé slips a pass through to Neymar, who bangs off a low shot on the run from 10 yards. Neuer saves and is grateful to see a teammate hook the rebound out for a corner!
Neymar misses a chance.
Neymar misses a chance. Photograph: Manu Fernández/EPA
Updated at 8.25pm BST
17 min: Coman overhits a simple pass, which is a real let-off for PSG, as Davies was ready to motor into the PSG box if the pass had been well measured.
16 min: Another cute pass by Paredes finds Mbappé at the left-hand corner of the area. He opens up his body and tries to curl a low shot into the far corner, but Kimmich blocks.
15 min: Paredes sends Mbappé running down the left. He’s held up by Kimmich, but Bernat arrives in support. Together they work a shooting chance, but Goretzke does well to block Mbappé’s drive from 16 yards.
13 min: Herrera is caught dawdling in midfield as PSG are surprised again by the ferocity of Bayern’s pressing: it’s all very well watching videos but the real life action is something PSG’s midfielders need to adapt to quickly.
11 min: Kehrer bursts down the right and whacks over a decent cross, which Boateng puts out for a corner. PSG take it short, then Neymar floats the ball to the back post. But it’s cleared.
10 min: Di Maria drops the freekick at the back post, where Davies heads it clear.
Paris Saint-Germain supporters cheer for their team as they watch the action in Lisbon on a big screen at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Paris Saint-Germain supporters cheer for their team as they watch the action in Lisbon on a big screen at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images
Updated at 8.15pm BST
9 min: Groetzke gives the ball away in his own half. Mbappé pounces on it and is then fouled by Thiago, giving PSG a useful freekick about 30 yards out and to the left...
7 min: It’s all Bayern. But PSG are keeping their shape and working hard to deny any openings.
5 min: It’s been a scrappy enough opening but Bayern’s aggressive intent is clear. They’re squeezing most of the play deep into PSG’s half. Then Thiago fires off the game’s first shot, slashing way wide from 25 yards. “Another song for PSG is Mano Negra’s Paris la nuit or Ronde de nuit depending whether you want ennui or energy,” croons Robin Hazlehurst. “The lyrics are the same in either case: ‘Paris is dying today having given itself to a bandit who has stolen its party nights’.”
3 min: Freekick to Bayern wide on the left. Kimmich delivers an in-swinger with his right foot. Silva nuts it to safety.
2 min: PSG fold under Bayern pressing, as Gnabry pounces on a sloppy pass. But they’re let off when Groetzke concedes a foul.
1 min: PSG kick off. The 2020 Champions League final is go! PSG hit the ball out of play within 10 seconds, an unforced error. A sign of nerves, perhaps?
A general view inside the stadium as the final begins.
A general view inside the stadium as the final begins. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths - UEFA/UEFA/Getty Images
Updated at 8.16pm BST
The teams enter the arena to near total silence. Then the Champions League jingle starts up. And when that concludes, there’s some raucous shouting and chanting from ... I don’t know where: have fans gathered outside the ground? Or have the broadcasters added a beery tone to their canned noise?
Updated at 7.59pm BST
The teams are in the tunnel. I’m no poker genius, but my reading of the body language is that Bayern look very chilled while PSG seem a trifle tense. Experience telling already?
These two teams have a lot to live up to, remember. This was the first European Cup final staged in Lisbon:
“How about MC Solaar’s hip hop classic Nouveau Western for Parisian goal celebrations,” djaays Kari Tulinius. “It neatly ties together the PSG story, since it’s based on an older Parisian classic, Gainsbourg’s Bonnie and Clyde, is made by an artist who grew up in the banlieus, and harks back to the last glory days of PSG, the 90s.”
“t was 25 years ago tomorrow that I attended my first professional football game between PSG and Le Havre,” begins Ted Lee. “I was looking forward to a much more energetic and impassioned crowd that I usually find at U.S. sporting events. Nonetheless, I was surprised to find myself sitting in a section of very nervous, middle-aged, chain-smokers who didn’t seem to be enjoying themselves at all. My friend, who had an inkling about this, pulled out a book in the middle of the match. Since then, with one small exception, the height of international accomplishment was winning the Intertoto Cup. At least we can enjoy this moment before the blootering we’re about the receive.” Surprised to hear that, Ted. In 1995 PSG were a proper, genuinely thrilling team, with players such as Lama, Rai, Valdo, Ginola, Weah...
Updated at 7.42pm BST
By the way, if anyone is tuning into this from Marseille, do please let us know if you can see anyone wearing a PSG shirt when you look out the window. Local officials banned them for fear they would provoke disorder, but I believe they backtracked on that?
“There’s some serious quality on the bench there for both teams, Paul,” yelps Anish Gomatam. My combined PSG Bayern “bench XI” would be: Sergio Rico; Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Süle, Javi Martinez, Lucas Hernandez; Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verrati, Julian Draxler; Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, Mauro Icardi.”
Not bad, but your bench team would be trounced by my team of players watching from their sofas: Allison; Van Dijk, Egan, Ramos; Doherty, De Bruyne, Pogba, Stevens; Messi, Ronaldo, Mané
Updated at 7.54pm BST
“Major Tom is a classic,” agrees peter Oh. “But I will be dad-dancing and kicking my legs in the air to this tune if (when) Bayern score. I believe it’s the club’s official goal tune this season.”
“The link you sent to Ella was prefaced with a YouTube advert for baby milk, punctuated with a baby loudly screaming,” notes someone calling himself Leonard Cohen. “That should illustrate the general mood of the fans for PSG’s goals.”
“Ella Fitzgerald (class, integrity, dignity) doesn’t deserve PSG,” objects Charles Antaki. “How about this instead for them?” Oh la laaaaaaaaaarggh...
Updated at 7.25pm BST
The first goal...
These big finals often turn out to be anti-climatic spectacles, last season’s being a prime example, but theres better than average chance that this one will be a goalfest. For the sake of intrigue, it would be particularly interesting if PSG scored the first one. They have experience of coming from behind in this tournament - they overturned a first-leg deficit against Dortmund earlier in the knockout stages and left it until the last minutes to fight back against Atalanta - but Bayern, on the other hand, have barely had any reason to doubt so far. How would they react if PSG took a lead here, especially given the knowledge that the more they push, the more they’d leave themselves open to a speedy counter?
Tom Knight writes in to recommend this to accompany celebrations of each Bayern goal.
Here’s a game anyone reading this coverage from home can join in and play. That includes you, Lionel and Cristiano! Every time PSG score, jump to your feet and sing this. Feel free to suggest alternatives, and also to recommend a tune for if Bayern score. Because I’m struggling to come up with anything better than this (which, yes, would also make for a wonderful ring tone):
Navas returns for PSG; Coman gets the nod on the left-hand side of Bayern’s attack. Verratti is not ready to play 90 minutes, which is a big blow to PSG.
PSG: Navas; Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat; Herrera, Marquinhos, Paredes; Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappé
Subs: Rico, Bulka, Kurzawa, Diallo, Dagba, Draxler, Verrati, Sarabia, Choupo-Moting, Icardi
Bayern: Neuer;Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Thiago, Goretzka; Gnabry, Müller, Coman; Lewandowski
Subs: Ulreich, Hoffman, Odriozola, Süle, Pavard, Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Perisic, Hernandez, Tolisso, Zirkzee
Referee: D Orsato (Italy)
Updated at 7.05pm BST
Awaiting the team sheets ...
PSG’s first-choice goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, has regained his fitness so seems certain to take his place back from Sergio Rico, who kept a clean sheet in the semi-final. Classy midfielder Marco Verratti is also fit after recovering from the calf injury that kept him out for the last month: he’s terrific player but will Tuchel throw him straight back into action in a match of this magnitude, against opponents as daunting as this? Unlikely. And how about Idrissa Gueye, who is also fit again after missing the semi?
And what about Benjamin Pavard on the Bayern side? Is the World Cup winner fit enough to regain his place at right-back and allow Joshua Kimmich to shift into midfield? If he is, should Bayern even do that? And will Kingsley Coman displace Ivan Perisic on the left side of their attack? All will be revealed soon.
Hello and welcome to the 65th final of the European Cup/Champions League. Bayern Munich have been here 10 times before – winning five, losing five – but for Paris Saint-Germain this is a first. The question is: will they be crowned kings or are they just this season’s Tottenham Hotspur?
Finding out the answer promises to be fun. This has the makings of a thriller, at least until you consider the involvement of the foul Qatari regime. In purely football terms, good cases can be made for both sides. The final pits the best attack in the tournament so far (Bayern) against the tightest defence (PSG) but that is a slightly misleading statistic, since PSG are a very offensive side is so many ways.
If Bayern leave themselves as open to the counter-attack as they did in the semi-final, then we can expect Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Angel Di Maria to make them pay. And if Bayern tire towards the end – they’ve had a day less rest than PSG, remember -, then Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Angel Di Maria could make them pay. Those players have also grown more diligent without the ball under Thomas Tuchel, so PSG have a unity and spirit that they previously lacked.
But if Bayern play with the relentless collective awesomeness that they usually do, then they could rack up another big score: they’ve averaged more than four goals per match so far, with Robert Lewandowski practically guaranteed to hit the net at least once.
No two teams have ever come into the final in better form: Bayern have won every match in the tournament so far and haven’t lost in any competition since before last Christmas; PSG, meanwhile, collected three domestic trophies before sashaying into this final by dispatching relatively modest outfits (though Bayern couldn’t beat RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga this season). This should be the biggest test either side has faced so far. Something’s got to give. Humdinger ahoy!