PSG beat Bayern Munich in Champions League quarter-finals upside down

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Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scored twice to lead the visitors to a 3-2 win over title-holder Bayern Munich in an upside-down Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday .

On a snowy evening in the Bavarian capital, Mbappe scored his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th minute after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 37th and Thomas Mueller on the hour canceled a two-goal lead. at PSG.

It was Bayern’s first Champions League loss in more than two years and the first in the history of coach Hansi Flick, undefeated in his previous 16 appearances in Europe’s premier club competition.

“I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, which found themselves in difficult situations against the best team in Europe,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino. “We have to congratulate the players on their sacrifice and we want to repeat that kind of performance.

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“Ninety minutes more to play. It’s a good result but the return leg will be difficult. We know that,” he added.

Despite defensive mistakes, the Germans will always wonder how they failed to gain at least one point with 31 attempted goals out of six, 15 corners against one from PSG and a string of golden opportunities.

PSG knocked out the hosts in the third minute thanks to Mbappe, whose powerful low drive slipped between the legs of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The French champions were brutally effective and scored with their second chance of the game when Neymar picked Marquinhos with a precise cross and the PSG captain beat Neuer in the 28th minute.


The return of Bayern

Marquinos was injured immediately after scoring and the defender’s absence dealt Mauricio Pochettino’s back line a heavy blow before substitute Ander Herrera could settle in.

Bayern quickly took control of the game and moved closer to Mueller and Choupo-Moting, who replaced injured Robert Lewandowski.

Choupo-Moting had headed over the crossbar in the second minute, but did better with another header and Mueller brought the hosts back, nodding in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich.

Mbappe, 22, then scored again, drilling from a tight angle and with two defenders in front of him to put PSG back in front.

“It was a tough game against the best team in Europe at the moment,” said Mbappe. “But this is only the first game. (Next week) we have to play with confidence and play as a team again.”

“It was a great team performance above all and I benefited from it. We suffered, but we suffered as a team.”

PSG had to survive intense late pressure from Bayern, with David Alaba and Mueller closing excruciatingly close to the hosts, but clung to victory ahead of next week’s return leg in Paris.

“We should have scored a lot more goals,” said Mueller. “Of course we can talk about conceding goals, but if you win 6-3 or 5-3, nobody can complain.”

“If we had shown the killer instinct that characterizes us, it would have been a different game.”

(REUTERS)

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