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Neymar Gets 5.5 | Paris Saint-Germain Players Rated In Loss Vs European Champions Bayern Munich

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Abhishek Majumdar
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It was a high octane match as Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich took each other on in the final of the Champions League. Both teams pushed for the goal, but Bayern took the lead in the 59th minute via Kingsley Coman. The Frenchman scored against the French Champions as he headed a pinpoint cross from Joshua Kimmich past Keylor Navas into the back of the net to secure the title for his side. This victory also rounds off a glorious season for the Bavarians as they complete the treble, their first one under the regime of Hansi Flick.

The Parisians had their chances to take the lead as well, but Manuel Neuer stood like an absolute wall in front of the attacking trio of Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. He looked impenetrable on the night and proved to be the difference between the two sides, who otherwise matched each other in every department.

It was a brilliant match to end a season plagued by uncertainties as the world had to face the ill effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This win also confirmed Bayern Munich’s status as the only team in the history of the tournament to remain unbeaten throughout the season as they lifted their 6th European silverware.

Here is how the Paris Saint-Germain players are rated from their defeat against Bayern Munich

Keylor Navas 6.5

Played his role well to keep the goal safe throughout the match. The goal from Coman was too well placed for the former Real Madrid keeper to stop it from hitting the back of the net.

Thilo Kehrer 6

Made some brilliant runs down the right-hand side into the opposition half but lacked the end result. Took on Alphonso Davies with ease on several occasions.

Thiago Silva 7

A brilliant performance in the defence from the PSG skipper. If not for his essential blocks and interceptions, there could have been a few more goals as well; especially his clearance that saw Coman miss out on his second goal of the match.

Presnel Kimpembe 6.5

Looked a little nervous on occasions as he faced the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller in stellar form. However, he tried his best not to let his guard down and had a decent outing on the big night.

Juan Bernat 6

His quick runs into the opposition half kept the Bayern defenders on their toes. Lacked a bit of composure while tracking back though.

Ander Herrera 8

A phenomenal performance from the former Manchester United midfielder as he kept getting the ball into the path of his teammates and created several chances for them as well as himself. Besides being brilliant in the attack, he also tracked back well and made some crucial interceptions too.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera (Bottom) and Bayern Munich’s German forward Thomas Mueller go for the ball during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon on August 23, 2020. (Photo by MANU FERNANDEZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Marquinhos 6

Did a decent defensive job to stop the opposition attackers in their tracks, including a well-timed tackle to prevent a cross from Kimmich to reach Lewandowski in the first half. Should have done better to equalise after he was fed by a brilliant ball from Mbappe but only managed to hit Neuer’s hand from a one-on-one situation.

Leandro Paredes 5

Looked poor on several occasions. Gave away the ball quite a few times. A weak link in the PSG midfield for sure. Was later replaced by Marco Verratti.

Angel Di Maria 7

Continued with his excellent run in the tournament as he bamboozled the opposition defence with his classy footwork. Took on the likes of Kimmich and Leon Goretzka with absolute ease and would consider himself unlucky to not get his name on the scoresheet.

Kylian Mbappe 6.5

Made several attempts to get the ball past Neuer but it was just not his night. Was rather unfortunate not to get a penalty in the second half after he brought down by Kimmich in the box.

Neymar Jr 5.5

Looked lively in the opening half an hour but seemingly lost his composure as the match progressed. Could have had a goal in the first half after being fed by Mbappe but Neuer made a crucial save to deny him. Missed a similar opportunity towards the end of the match as well.


Marco Verratti 5

Did not prove to be much effective after he was brought on to replace Paredes in the second half.

Julian Draxler 5

Was brought on for Herrera but failed to create a feasible opportunity to get his side back in the contest.

Layvin Kurzawa 4

Nothing much to mention about the performance of the Frenchman after he replaced Juan Bernat in the second half.

Eric Maxim Chuopo Moting 4

Missed a golden opportunity to equalise for his side as he could not put his foot in place at the end of a pass from Neymar towards the end of the match.

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