Kylian Mbappe’s brace in a live performance gave Paris Saint-Germain a surprise 3-2 win in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Bayern Munich.
Mbappe’s opener was missed by Manuel Neuer in the lower corner with less than three minutes on the clock in a snow-capped Allianz Arena, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side pounced on everything from the first whistle to the last in a match of incredible pace and intensity.
They doubled their advantage before half-time after Bayern left a corner and left Marquinhos to advance Neymar’s ball past Neuer, although the PSG captain was injured in the process and forced to leave a few moments later.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting struck out with the interval approaching Benjamin Pavard’s cross with another from Joshua Kimmich, allowing Thomas Muller to overtake Keylor Navas and level up on the hour mark.
Neymar and Mbappe had caused real problems when they were allowed to combine and punished Bayern again for PSG’s third eight minutes later, with the latter’s disguised arrival inside the near Neuer post giving the French team a sensational advantage in the first leg – and three away goals – ahead of Tuesday. return to the Parc des Princes.
In the aftermath, they stopped Bayern from setting a new club record of 20 unbeaten European Cup games, inflicting their first in the Champions League since Liverpool won 3-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2019.
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).
Submarines: 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 years old).
Submarines: Herrera (7), Bakker (7), Kean (6), Raphinha (n / a).
Man of the match: Kylian Mbappe.
PSG pass halfway to Bayern’s revenge
Bayern had reached the quarter-finals in 10 of the past 12 years and had progressed from all but one of those games. This was their territory, so it was no surprise that they started off on a high at the Allianz Arena, hitting the bar through the head of Choupo-Moting from a corner in two minutes.
But within seconds, their game plan took a heavy hit. An unusually engaged press from Neymar caught up with Lucas Hernandez halfway, and after a brace with Angel Di Maria, PSG were on the break.
The Brazilian’s perfect exit to Mbappe on the edge of the zone put Bayern in big trouble although after a world-class build-up, the tame finish that followed should have been straightforward for Neuer, who had it. rather left between his legs and in the lower corner. .
PSG could have doubled their lead after 11 minutes after another free kick and moved from Neymar to Mbappe, who this time was slightly offside when Julian Draxler put in to shoot at home.
But they pulled off their goal after another moment of lax Bayern defense soon after, when Neymar’s hook from a clear corner caught the local defense pushing, allowing ghost Marquinhos to beat Neuer. and leave the PSG in the land of dreams.
It would prove the visitors’ only two shots on target, but Bayern struggled to really test Navas despite their territorial dominance. It took a lack of focus from makeshift defender Danilo Pereira – passing to replace Marquinhos – to give them hope of a comeback, when Pavard’s cross was brought home by an unmarked 12-meter Choupo-Moting. .
After halftime the pressure continued and Bayern started shooting on sight, as Pavard and Jerome Boateng both pulled out of Navas’ dive saves.
But the hosts’ soft bellies, who have scored the second-most goals of any Bayern team at this point in a Bundesliga season since 2000, has been on display again as Neymar was denied by Neuer’s legs. after a good job from Mbappe.
But Bayern showed their attacking class to finally give themselves a good footing in the draw and the level of another center, as Kimmich’s free kick was acquitted by Muller on time.
Form suggested this would be the time when Champions League holders fight the tie check – but that hope died out in less than eight minutes. Neymar, again not followed, fed Mbappe deep before the Frenchman lifted Boateng and tucked the ball inside the nearest post.
Bayern did not let go given their immense attacking ability, but the PSG defense, who had already thrown themselves in front of everything, was in no mood to let another lead slip by.
David Alaba shot right off the far post and Muller’s effort hit his standing leg in the dying moments, but Navas was not to be beaten again as Pochettino snagged another breathtaking Champions League victory at the outside.
Man of the Match – Kylian Mbappe
Who else? Mbappe could have pulled off a hat-trick given the chances he had had that night, but once again he proved the man for the big time in that superb victory to go.
His poise was best personified for the winner of PSG, when after forcing Boateng to return to his own box, he displayed superb poise to disguise his finish and deceive Neuer by tucking the ball home. inside the nearest post after training to shoot on goal.
- Bayern Munich lost a UEFA Champions League game for the first time since March 2019 to Liverpool, winning 18 times and drawing once since. Their last four losses in the competition have come from four different managers (Carlo Ancelotti, Josef Heynckes, Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick).
- Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern Munich away in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since November 1994, having lost three consecutive such visits since.
- Bayern Munich have conceded 50 goals in 42 games this season, as many as they have 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 the last four UEFA Champions League knockout matches against the holders (two against Milan and two against Real Madrid).
- Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich created 10 chances against PSG, the most by a single player in a single UEFA Champions League quarter-final game or later since Mesut Özil (12) for Real Madrid against Tottenham in April 2011 .
- Thomas Müller of Bayern Munich has scored 24 goals in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, the fourth most players, behind Cristiano Ronaldo (67), Lionel Messi (49) and Robert Lewandowski (26).
- Since making his competitive debut in the 2013-14 campaign, Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar has scored 26 UEFA Champions League goals, the most players in this period. Neymar has now been directly involved in 67 goals (41 goals and 26 assists) in 66 appearances in the competition.
- Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé has scored eight UEFA Champions League goals this season, the most in a single season in the competition by a Frenchman, with Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 and David Trezeguet in 2001-02.
- PSG duo 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 in that span.
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich will host Union Berlin on Saturday; kick off at 2:30 p.m.
PSG, eliminated from the top of Ligue 1 by Lille last weekend, goes to Strasbourg on Saturday; kick off at 4 p.m.