Match awards from Bayern Munich's 2-1 loss to Real Madrid


It is always real Madrid, is not it ? Two ridiculously late goals sent Real Madrid through Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, despite a heroic effort from the Bavarian giants. Here are the match rewards:

Jersey exchange: Vinicius Junior

The world of football collectively agrees that Kylian Mbappé is leaving for Real Madrid. But while the Frenchman struggled to make an impact in the Paris Saint-Germain game yesterday, Vinicius Junior ran the show for Real Madrid today. Joshua Kimmich simply couldn't get anywhere near Real Madrid's number 7, who danced around every opponent he encountered, terrified the Bayern defense all night and played a crucial role in the first goal.

The Emperor: Manuel Neuer

It's so easy to focus on the agonizing way Manuel Neuer failed to keep out Vinicius Junior's shot, which spilled over Joselu to equalize. But this goal should in no way undo all the great work previously done by Neuer, single-handedly keeping Bayern in the game with sensational save after sensational save, but also maintaining incredible composure on the ball to keep the right head of the team. It was as if Vinicius' double in the first leg had unnerved Neuer, with the Brazilian's repeated attempts at goal being denied again and again. This game was a reminder of the German's eternal class.

The god of football: Konrad Laimer

Konrad Laimer was by far Bayern's best player in the first leg and he took over again for the Bavarian giants when they needed him most. Laimer never stopped directing the entire match, constantly harassing Real Madrid's midfielders, nipping at them and winning the ball back in glorious fashion. On top of all that, he also showed an unusual level of press resistance today, shrugging his shoulders at opposing players like nothing was happening and bulldozing his way through. Hopelessly unlucky to be on the losing side.

The Bomber: Alphonso Davies

What purpose. What an incredible goal. After months of poor performances, Alphonso Davies was rightly dropped and forced to reassess his status at the club. But after replacing Serge Gnabry today, it appears Davies has inherited Gnabry's destiny to score, cutting and shooting with his weak foot to score an absolute screamer from outside the box. What a goal that was.

Man of the match: The whole team

Look, it's corny and there will be people annoyed at how such a disappointing and aggravating loss is portrayed here. But it's relevant to remember how difficult that period was in February, when it looked like Thomas Tuchel had lost the dressing room and the season was going to collapse. The fact that Bayern managed to rally behind Lazio, overtake Arsenal and lead Real Madrid so close demonstrates how the entire dressing room came together and pulled out all the stops in a season that seemed hopeless. This attitude was almost rewarded today too, when Bayern pushed and pushed even in the 15th minute added after 90, when all seemed lost, and Matthijs De Ligt scored a goal which was controversially ruled out. It would have been a fair reward for a team that never stopped trying. Bayern are leaving the Champions League but will do so with their heads held high.


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