Kingsley Coman came back to haunt his former club as his second-half header proved enough for Bayern Munich to clinch the Champions League with a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG hadn’t failed to score in their last 34 Champions League matches, while Bayern Munich had won all 10 of their games in the competition with 42 goals scored.
So it was safe to assume there would be goals in Lisbon.
In their first-ever Champions League Final, Thomas Tuchel opted to start Angel Di Maria ahead of Mauro Icardi after his goal in the semi-final.
Keylor Navas recovered in time to take his place back from Sergio Rico.
Both sides usually attack with such purpose and direction, it was going to go one of two ways: an end-to-end contest or a cagey affair, with the two teams cancelling each other out.
As Bayern pressed high and put the squeeze on PSG, it looked as if it would be more of the former.
But with no clear-cut chances in the first 15 minutes, this final was struggling to truly ignite.
Neymar would spark it into life.
Kylian Mbappe played a perfectly-weighted pass into the left channel and the Brazilian tested Manuel Neuer with a low effort before keeping out the rebound.
Bayern reacted quickly and almost took the lead through Robert Lewandowski, who was chasing Cristiano Ronaldo’s 17-goal record in the competition.
Alphonso Davies fizzed in a low cross from the left and on the swivel, Lewandowski struck against the woodwork.
The game was becoming stretched as only a minute later, PSG put together an incisive counter through Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, but the Argentine blazed over the bar.
Having hit the post before, Lewandowski could only blame himself for spurning his next big chance.
Serge Gnabry whipped in a fine cross, which took a slight nick off Presnel Kimpembe, and he could only head straight at Keylor Navas.
The game fell a bit flat as a contest until Mbappe pounced on a poor pass from David Alaba, combined with Leandro Paredes but fired a tame effort straight at Neuer as the first half finished goalless.
There was a feeling it would not last and Bayern began to assert their dominance on the ball. So it was no real surprise to see them break the deadlock on the hour mark.
Thiago’s pass found Joshua Kimmich and the full-back just lifted his cross to the far post.
Lewandowski was occupied by Thilo Kehrer but Coman wasn’t – and the Frenchman executed his header to perfection to find the far corner.
Against his former club, against the club where he became a professional.
And what a way to repay your manager’s faith.