Here are the five most boring UEFA Champions League finals since 1992. These matchups are famously close affairs that frequently produce boring football games.
The highly anticipated match at the Stade de France will mark the 30th of its kind since the UEFA Champions League changed its name in 1992.
Despite the fact that the final usually always pits the two top teams against one another, it isn’t always the best football match.
Here are five of the dullest of the last 29 UCL finals. The significance of the event and what is at stake tend to make both teams unnecessarily cautious and generate a dreary game.
5. Bayern Munich 1-0 Paris Saint Germain (2020)
At Lisbon, Portugal’s Estadio Da Luz, Bayern Munich and PSG engaged in a match that will always be known as the “Covid final.”
After months of lockdown and inactivity worldwide, everyone was just happy to see football again. The match was a clear illustration of what pandemic football looked like because there was no atmosphere either in the fans or on the field.
After 59 minutes, Kingsley Coman would score the lone goal to make Bayern Munich the game’s champions. This was perhaps the game’s lone exciting moment.
4. Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus (1998)
Real Madrid and Juventus put out an arguably poorer football match in front of 48,500 eager spectators at the Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands, whereas Bayern and PSG at least had the excuse of an empty stadium.
The final was marked by fruitless long-range shot attempts and several exceptionally hard tackles, despite both sides fielding star-studded lineups with some of the best players in the game’s history.
Surprisingly, there were only six yellow cards issued instead of any red ones, and Predrag Mijatovic’s fortunate goal after 66 minutes was enough to win the match.
3. Inter Milan 2-0 Bayern Munich (2010)
When a master of the dark arts like Jose Mourinho is involved, there is no other possible way for a final with two goals to have gone.
The Inter Milan team won the match 2-0 despite the final at the Santiago Bernabeu in Spain lacking the usual flair of Spanish football.
There wasn’t much more for non-Inter supporters to rejoice about besides Diego Milito scoring twice in each half by taking advantage of Daniel Van Buyten’s defensive shortcomings.
2. Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (2012)
In 2012, Bayern Munich had the uncommon opportunity to host a Champions League final versus Chelsea at their home stadium.
The Bavarians were anticipated to thrash Chelsea in a high-scoring affair, but the Blues defended tenaciously, frustrating Bayern and the viewing audience.
The late goals by Thomas Muller and Didier Drogba for their respective teams were the only significant moments of excitement in regulation time.
The game proceeded into overtime and improved marginally, but it was finally decided on penalty shootouts, which Chelsea won.
1. Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham (2019)
Over 63,000 fans in Spain’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium and millions more across the world struggled to sleep as Liverpool defeated Tottenham in the 2019 UCL final.
Other than the outcome, the all-English final between two attack-minded sides failed to live up to any anticipatory expectations.
All that transpired in the entire 90 minutes was Mohamed Salah’s first-half penalty and Divock Origi’s close-range finish.