Lyon knew Bayern Munich’s game plan would involve lots of possession and playing with a high line, so they tried to use that against the Germans. With three minutes and 43 seconds on the clock, we saw our first example of this.
Lyon were sat deep, setting traps when Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara played a poor ball in the middle of the park.
It gave Maxence Caqueret possession and with a single pass, he cut through Bayern’s high defensive line and played in Memphis Depay.
The striker tried to round Manuel Neuer — one more touch of the ball would have taken him clear of the goalkeeper — but his shot went wide. More chances followed for the French side.
In the 17th minute, Karl Toko Ekambi exploited the gaping space behind Bayern left back Alphonso Davies.
But when it came to shooting for goal, he suffered the sort of miss that keeps strikers awake at night, hitting the post from all of seven yards.
These weren’t half chances they were clear-cut. But Lyon were punished for not converting them. Serge Gnabry’s opener was a left-footed rocket — the ball took 0.65 seconds to go from boot to goal — then he made it 2-0 before half time.
The story for Lyon here was one of missed chances. They knew Bayern would play with their usual arrogance and want to impose their style on them.
But they couldn’t make it count when their own opportunities came along.