The Champions League Final 2016
Saturday 21st May 2016 – Champions League Final – San Siro, Milan – Att. 80,018
Jeff Stelling: The final day is upon us! Olympique Lyonnais defending the title they won a year ago against Bayern Munich. I’m here in the Sky Sports studio joined by Gary Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Lyon legend Gregory Coupet. Our commentators for tonight are Martin Tyler and Alan Smith. A tasty looking tie lined up for the fans all around the world and perhaps not the final people were expecting.
Gary: Indeed it is definitely a surprise that Olympique Lyonnais are in the final yet again but they have been absolutely outstanding this season, finishing unbeaten in the league. Bayern finished 2nd in the Bundesliga and we perhaps are seeing one of the weakest Bayern teams in a long time. Guardiola has sold a lot of players and not really successfully replaced them all.
Jamie: Lyon on the other hand have a group of youngsters that are getting better and better and there has to be some of the best young talent in the world here in this team. Remi Garde places a lot of faith in his team and gives the youngsters a chance to shine, an opportunity they might not get at any other club in the world.
Jeff: Gregory you’ve played for this club but never been in the position they are in now. What do you think will happen today and how much of that is down to Remi Garde?
Gregory: Ahh oui the team is in a fantastique position and all down to the manager. Remi has placed great faith in his team mais he has also bought in some amazing players. Nobody expected Benzia
to develop in to the phenomenom he is now and Lovren
has really become a real leader. Maxime
is one of the best in Europe at the moment and there are some who are irreplaceable in this team.
Jeff: Well we’re getting the line up in now lets have a quick look!
Jeff: We knew Bayern were facing some problems and it looks like they don’t have the man power to really replaced Falcao
is a great player but he is not as impactful as Robben
and I think it is something that Muller
will take head on and pull a shift. Kevin Friesenbichler
normally plays for FC Bayern II and to have to play in the Champions League Final because Bayern have no back up striker is a real shock but he has a chance to show what he can do. At the back Bayern look very strong with Lahm
providing lots of attacking opportunities down the wings and Varane and Nastasic
very solid centre backs. Martinez, Schweinsteiger and Kroos
will have a big impact if they are allowed time on the ball and could kill Lyon if that happens. Ribery
has slowed down in the last couple of years but he still has the ability to find that killer pass to set up his team mates.
Gary: Lyon are lining up in a slightly defensive formation, one we haven’t really seen with 2 anchor men and an attacking midfielder. Kwadwo Asamoah
has been a fantastic signing for the club, especially as he was on a free. He always looks capable of scoring going forward and defensively is outstanding. Benzia
has developed in to one of the world’s best strikers and he will definitely score if he even gets half a chance! Allione
is really a youngster with the world at his feet and he could become one of the best ever wingers to play the game. Defensively you look at Lyon and you have to wonder how Bayern are going to get through this back 4 and 2 anchor men. Gonalons, Boateng, Lovren and Umtiti
have been excellent and Boateng has a chance to show Bayern what they let go. Hughes
is England’s future in my opinion with Wilshere and if he gets the ball he’ll look dangerous.
Jeff: Well it’s that time. Let’s head down to Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.
Martin Tyler: Good evening Jeff and all in the studio. The players are out, we’ve had the photos and the handshakes and we’re almost ready for kick off. Just waiting on the referee to blow his whistle.
Alan Smith: We have 90 minutes, maybe more, of football lined up in one of the best tournaments ever and I’m excited to see what kind of match we have.
1’ – We have lift off in the 2016 Champions League final here in Milan. The atmosphere is absolutely pulsating and Lyon have got us underway, kicking from left to right.
4’ – Hughes
floats in a free kick from 40 yards, half cleared by Varane
to the edge of the box where Boateng
unleashes a vicious shot with the outside of his foot and he’s just missed the top corner, hitting the stanchion behind the goal. Lyon showing their intent early on.
7’ – Yassine Benzia
with one of the goals of the season. A great piece of football from all the team and Benzia
with a sumptuous finish over an advancing Manuel Neuer
to give Lyon the lead.
16’ – Bayern pressing here and John Ruddy
has pushed that to safety. Muller
took the shot in his stride but it was too close to Ruddy
and he pushed it away.
23’ – GOAAAAAALLLLL. MY GOODNESS ASAMOAH. He has scored an outrageous header from Corchia’s
cross to the back post. The ball was so deep and almost in line with the goal but Asamoah
got high above Lahm
and stretched his neck to somehow get the ball to curve and loop over the keeper in to the far corner. 2-0 Lyon and Bayern really are struggling.
24’ – Friesenblicher
with a chance to get Bayern straight back in with a drive from 22 yards but it’s wildly hit and over the goal. The pressure is definitely on Munich and Guardiola will need to pull something out here.
33’ – Asamoah
is a terror in the air for Bayern here and this time he climbs above Bastian
to power a header towards goal and Neuer
has pulled off a remarkable save at full stretch getting fingertips on to the post. That would have been 3-0 and all over.
45+1’ – The ref blows for half time and Bayern are really not in the game at all. It is all Lyon and Remi Garde will be very pleased going in to half time.
Olympique Lyonnais 2 – 0 Bayern Munich
45’ – Bayern get us underway in the 2nd half but no changes really made by either manager.
51’ – Javi Martinez
is struggling and looks to have pulled his hamstring after running with Hughes
. His game is over and on comes Emre Can
64’ – The game is passing Bayern by but they come back with a chance and Ribery
should have maybe finished that. In the end it was straight at Ruddy
and he tipped it over the bar.
65’ – 1 minute later and Lyon, and Benzia
, have another goal. 3 – 0 to the French champions and a great header from Benzia
cross. He was unmarked after some great movement and Neuer
couldn’t get to that. Bayern are all but out and I don’t see a great comeback on the cards here. The players and manager just look bereft of ideas.
70’ – Lyon making a double substitution here, Luiz Martinez Poch
on for Corchia
and Alexandre Lacazette
on for Asamoah
who picked up a slight knock in the first half.
71’ – Hughes
with a great free kick position and he just clips the outside of the post, curving the ball over the wall and it looked like it was heading to the top corner.
86’ – Bayern have a consolation goal here. Thomas Muller
far post cross and heading back across goal to finish it. Not really deserved but the game is already over.
90’ – Guardiola has his team lined up as 4 – 2 – 4 now chasing another goal and they have 4 minutes of additional time to try do so.
90+4 ‘ – That’s it!!! The referee blows the whistle and it’s all over. A deserved win for Lyon in what turned out to be a comfortable game and they go back to France with their 2nd consecutive trophy. Remi Garde has proved to be an excellent coach and the club will be hoping this continues for years to come!
Martin Tyler: From us here at pitchside it’s a good night. Back to the studio and Jeff.
Jeff: Well what a game. We expected Schweinsteiger and Kroos
to really control the game but in reality it was Hughes, Boateng and Asamoah
who were the dominating midfielders. Benzia
really showing he is made of class stuff. Gary and Jamie who do you pick as your man of the match?
Jamie: We’ve been discussing this for the last 10 minutes of the game and it has to go to Benzia
. Two great goals and he gave the Bayern centre backs a torrid time. Asamoah
came close to getting it but he’s 3rd in our list behind Benzia and Hughes
Gary: Ribery and Schweinsteiger
put in very average, verging on poor, performances and I have to say it is a well deserved triphy win for Lyon. They beat Tottenham, Arsenal and CSKA Moscow in the knockout round and perhaps had the easier run but they showed in the final they are really the premier team in Europe now.
Gregory: I have never experienced this kind of success when I was a player but to see my team lift the trophy and go forward with such a young team gives hope that they can remain French champions for the near future and win a 3rd European title. With Remi Garde at the helm, anything is possible.
Jeff: Well there you have it. Lyon win a 2nd title, Benzia
is man of the match and Bayern go home with their tail in between their legs. Goodnight from us here at Sky and we will see you all soon.