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Lisbon 2020 invokes memories of Wembley 2013

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A little more than a week has passed since the triumph in the Champions League and the delight it caused is still immense. After the 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain, more than a few people were reminded of the 2013 final, and a look at the images of the evening shows that there are quite a few parallels.

Müller celebrating his teammates' goals

No-one celebrates better than Thomas Müller. The native of Upper Bavaria was on the pitch both in 2013 and 2020 when the decisive goal was scored. Even though he himself wasn't the scorer, he did give free rein to his emotions when the ball landed in the back of the net. With arms outstretched and screaming loudly, he sprinted after Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman respectively. His expression and posture were amazingly similar in both years. Some things just never change.

Lewandowski and Robben's outpouring of emotion

When Daniele Orsato blew the whistle for full-time at the Estádio da Luz, Robert Lewandowski sank to his knees, clenched his fists and could hardly believe his luck. The same happened to Robben seven years earlier at the final whistle. Lewandowski may not have been the decisive scorer in the final, but with 15 goals in the campaign, he played just as big a part in winning the title as Robben did in 2013.

A moment of calm

A triumph of this magnitude must first be allowed to sink in. So after the trophy had been presented, Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich lay down next to each other in the centre circle of the Estádio da Luz and let their thoughts wander into the night sky above Lisbon. In 2013, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robben had also needed a moment of calm and made themselves comfortable on the legendary Wembley turf.

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