Serge Gnabry opened the scoring in style for Bayern Munich vs Lyon.
The Germans came into the game on the back of an absolute annihilation of Barcelona, winning their quarter-final 8-2 in one of the most convincing victories in Champions League history.
It came as no surprise then that Lyon entered the semi-final as massive underdogs, but that was exactly the position from which they thrived against both Juventus and Manchester City.
Bayern vs Lyon
And to the shock of everybody watching, it was actually the French side that created the first opening of the game in Lisbon and frankly, Memphis Depay should have opened the scoring.
The ex-Manchester United man went racing through on goal in the opening five minutes and despite rounding Manuel Neuer, he could only find the side-netting despite shooting at a near-open goal.
But the Bayern response was quick with Leon Goretzka rattling Lyon nerves when his scuffed effort caught Anthony Lopes off guard, only for the back-pedalling goalkeeper to claw it off the line.
Bayern make Lyon pay
That pattern to the game proved brutal for Lyon just seconds later, though, with Bayern scoring the opening goal of the semi-final just seconds after the underdogs had come so close.
You’d be forgiven for thinking another shock was on the cards when Karl Toko Ekambi sensationally struck the post, but Bayern made them pay for daring to come so close with a stunning goal.
Ex-Arsenal youngster Gnabry proved the goalscorer and it came in spectacular fashion, embarking on a fine solo run from the right-hand side, before firing a fantastic shot into the top corner.
Gnabry’s Robben-esque goal
It was, by all accounts, a classic Arjen Robben goal, which is apt considering the Bayern legend scored against Lyon during their last meeting in a Champions League semi-final 10 years ago.
You can check out a video of the brilliant strike down below:
Take a bow, Serge, the Dutchman himself would have been proud of that.
And to make things even better, unless you’re a Lyon supporter or Tony Pulis, Gnabry doubled his tally before half-time, although it admittedly came in far less spectacular fashion than the first.
A brilliant team move from Bayern, which involved Gnabry himself, culminated in an inexplicable from Robert Lewandowski, but his strike partner was on hand to gobble up the rebound.
At the time of writing, it’s Gnabry 2-0 Lyon. What could have been, West Brom, what could have been?
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