Boateng’s Champions League final ended prematurely by injury

Boateng injury update

Having passed a late fitness test in order to compete in Sunday’s clash, Jerome Boateng was forced off with an injury in the first half.
Jerome Boateng was forced off with an injury midway through the first half or the Champions League final.

Bayern Munich’s centre-back went off at half-time with a muscular problem during the semi-final win over Lyon, but started against Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s showpiece after passing a late fitness test.

However, the 31-year-old managed just 25 minutes before succumbing to an apparent recurrence of the injury he sustained in Bayern’s previous outing.

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Niklas Sule, who himself has endured an injury-hit campaign, came on as Boateng’s replacement, as he did against Lyon.

The change is the earliest a substitution has had to be made in a Champions League final since 2014, when Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa was withdrawn in the ninth minute.

Prior to Boateng’s substitution, Neymar had forced a fine double save from Manuel Neuer, while Robert Lewandowski hit the post at the other end of a first half that ended goalless.

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