UEFA Champions League

Highlights: Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG – Kylian Mbappe double gives Mauricio Pochettino first-leg advantage

PSG simultaneously, halted Bayern setting another club record of 20 European Cup games without rout, by delivering their first in quite a while League since Liverpool won 3-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2019.

Report as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar consolidate for two of Paris Saint-Germain’s objectives in a dazzling triumph at the Allianz Arena; Bayern Munich react through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller, however lose in Champions League for first time in quite a while

Kylian Mbappe’s twofold in an exhibition of genuine undertaking saw Paris Saint-Germain acquire an unexpected 3-2 Champions League quarter-last first-leg succeed at holders Bayern Munich.

Mbappe’s opener was bungled by Manuel Neuer into the base corner with under three minutes on the clock at a snow-shrouded Allianz Arena, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side gave themselves wholeheartedly to everything from first whistle to rearward in a match of amazing beat and power.

They multiplied their benefit before half-time after Bayern turned off from a corner and left Marquinhos to turn Neymar’s ball forward past Neuer, albeit the PSG skipper was harmed simultaneously and constrained off minutes later.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting pulled an objective back with the span drawing closer from Benjamin Pavard’s cross with another, from Joshua Kimmich, permitting Thomas Muller to head past Keylor Navas and level up on the hour mark.

Neymar and Mbappe had messed genuine up when permitted to consolidate and rebuffed Bayern again for PSG’s third eight minutes after the fact, with the last’s hidden completion inside Neuer’s close to post giving the French side a shocking first-leg advantage – and three away objectives – in front of Tuesday’s second leg at the Parc des Princes.

Marquinhos celebrates scoring for PSG against Bayern Munich
Image:Marquinhos doubled PSG’s lead at the Allianz Arena, but was forced off by injury moments later

Player ratings

Bayern Munich: Neuer (5), Pavard (6), Sule (5), Alaba (6), Hernandez (5), Goretzka (5), Kimmich (6), Coman (5), Muller (6), Sane (5), Choupo-Moting (6).

Subs: Davies (6), Boateng (5),

PSG: Navas (7), Dagba (7), Kimpembe (6), Marquinhos (7), Diallo (6), Gueye (7), Danilo (7), Di Maria (7), Neymar (8), Draxler (7), Mbappe (9).

Subs: Herrera (7), Bakker (7), Kean (6), Raphinha (n/a).

Man of the match: Kylian Mbappe.

PSG move halfway to Bayern revenge

Bayern had arrived at the quarter-finals in 10 of the most recent 12 years and advanced from everything except one of those ties. This was their domain, so it was nothing unexpected they started with a bang at the Allianz Arena, hitting the bar through Choupo-Moting’s header from a corner inside two minutes.

Yet, in practically no time, their blueprint took a significant blow. A curiously dedicated press from Neymar got out Lucas Hernandez on the midway line, and after a one-two with Angel Di Maria, PSG were on the break.

The Brazilian’s ideal delivery to Mbappe on the edge of the space put Bayern in some hot water albeit after an elite development the manageable completion that followed ought to have been straightforward for Neuer, who rather let it through his legs and into the base corner.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates scoring for Bayern Munich against PSG
Image:Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had given Bayern hope before the break

PSG might have multiplied their lead following 11 minutes following another free run and pass from Neymar to Mbappe, who was this time insignificantly offside while teeing up Julian Draxler to fire home.

In any case, they got their objective from another snapshot of careless Bayern safeguarding soon after, when Neymar’s snare from a cleared corner found the home guard pushing up, permitting Marquinhos to phantom in to beat Neuer and leave PSG in fairyland.

Those would demonstrate the guests’ just two shots on track of the half, however Bayern attempted to really test Navas in spite of their regional predominance. It took a pass in focus from improvised safeguard Danilo Pereira – dropping in to supplant Marquinhos – to give them any expectation of a rebound, when Pavard’s cross was going home by a plain Choupo-Moting from 12 yards.

Thomas Muller celebrates scoring Bayern Munich's second goal vs PSG
Image:Thomas Muller’s celebrations were mooted after pulling Bayern back from 2-0 down

After half-time, the pressure continued with Bayern beginning to shoot on sight, as Pavard and Jerome Boateng both pulled diving saves out of Navas.

But the hosts’ soft underbelly, which has shipped the second-highest number of goals of any Bayern side at this stage of a Bundesliga season since 2000, was again exposed as Neymar was denied by the legs of Neuer after good work from Mbappe.

But Bayern showed their attacking class to finally give themselves a proper foothold in the tie and level from another cross, as Kimmich’s free-kick was nodded home by Muller on the hour mark.

Kylian Mbappe celebrates with PSG team-mates after scoring the winner vs Bayern Munich
Image:Kylian Mbappe celebrated with PSG team-mates after scoring their winner in Munich

Structure recommended that would be the second the Champions League holders would wrestle control of the tie – however that expectation was stifled in under eight minutes. Neymar, again unmanaged, took care of Mbappe from profound before the Frenchman stood up Boateng and tucked the ball inside the close to post.

Bayern didn’t ease up given their colossal assaulting capacity in plain view, yet PSG’s protection, which had hurled themselves before everything as of now, was in no disposition to neglect another lead.

David Alaba terminated only wide of the far post and Muller’s work hit his standing leg in the end minutes, yet Navas was not to be thrashed again as Pochettino scored another staggering Champions League win on away soil.

Man of the match – Kylian Mbappe

Marquinhos celebrates with PSG team-mates after scoring against Bayern Munich

Alan McInally says PSG deserved to beat Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, and expects the second leg in France to be just as entertaining.

Who else was on form?

Mbappe might have had a cap stunt given the odds he had on the evening, yet again he demonstrated the man for the enormous event in this shocking first-leg win.

His coolness was best represented for PSG’s champ, when in the wake of driving Boateng back into his own crate, showed brilliant levelheadedness to camouflage his completion and bonehead Neuer by tucking the ball inside the close to present in the wake of molding on shoot across objective

Opta facts

Mauricio Pochettino says PSG's run to the final under Thomas Tuchel is not a benchmark for him or his staff

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he was proud of his side’s ‘fighting spirit’ in their 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
  • Bayern Munich have lost a UEFA Champions League match for the first time since March 2019 against Liverpool, winning 18 times and drawing once since. Their last four defeats in the competition have come under four different managers (Carlo Ancelotti, Josef Heynckes, Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick).
  • Paris Saint-Germain have beaten Bayern Munich away from home in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since November 1994, having lost on three straight such visits since.
  • Bayern Munich have conceded 50 goals in 42 games this season, as many as they conceded in total in 2019-20; the last season in which they conceded more goals was 2010-11 (54).
  • Before tonight Paris Saint-Germain had lost each of last four UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches against the holders (two versus Milan and two versus Real Madrid).
  • Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich created 10 chances against PSG, the most by a player in a single UEFA Champions League match at the quarter-final stage or later since Mesut Özil (12) for Real Madrid v Tottenham in April 2011.
Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich (AP)

Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick believes his side were unlucky to lose to PSG and insists they ‘dominated’ their Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Allianz Arena.
  • Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller has scored 24 goals in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, the fourth-most of any player, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (67), Lionel Messi (49) and Robert Lewandowski (26).
  • Since making his competition debut in the 2013-14 campaign, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar has assisted 26 goals in the UEFA Champions League, the most of any player in this time. Neymar has now been directly involved in 67 goals (41 goals & 26 assists) in 66 appearances in the competition.
  • Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé has scored eight UEFA Champions League goals this season, the joint-most in a single season in the competition by a Frenchman, along with Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 and David Trezeguet in 2001-02.
  • PSG pair Kylian Mbappé and Neymar have combined for 10 UEFA Champions League goals since their first season together in 2017-18, at least three more than any other duo over this period.

What’s next?

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich host Union Berlin on Saturday; kick-off at 2.30pm.

PSG, having been knocked off the top of Ligue 1 by Lille last weekend, visit Strasbourg on Saturday; kick-off at 4pm.


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