PSG won on the lawn of Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-3). A victory driven by Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. The two Parisian stars, eagerly awaited, responded in the cooler of the Allianz Arena.
Benjamin Pavard is undoubtedly right. Bayern Munich “deserved to win”. Like Belgium in the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup. But in the quest for major trophies, merit ultimately matters little. The objective remains victory, before the notion of spectacle or domination. The side of the France team is well placed to know it. Yes, Bayern dominated PSG on Wednesday in the polar cold of Munich. There is no debate on this. But it was the visitors who won at the Allianz Arena, in this totally irrational Champions League quarter-final first leg (2-3). Where no one had done it for nearly a year and a half, all competitions.
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A prestigious success that the club of the capital snatched from the forceps. With a heroic Keylor Navas and mental qualities that he has often lacked in the past. But if he ended up winning under the snow, it is above all thanks to his exceptional duo. Expected at the turn in Bavaria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have honored their status. Eight months after coming through in the Lisbon final. Excluded last Saturday against Lille, after a shock of Ligue 1 tasteless (0-1), the Brazilian No. 10 (who received two suspension games in Ligue 1, plus a suspended sentence) has regained his magic . From the start of the match.
Neymar did what is expected of him
After scratching a ball in the feet of Joshua Kimmich and leaning on Angel Di Maria, he served Kylian Mbappé perfectly for the opener (3rd). With a nice blunder from Manuel Neuer in passing. The fastest goal for PSG in C1 since that of Dani Alves in 2017, already against Bayern. What to put in confidence the pair of aces, which hurt the Bavarian defense very badly. Throughout the meeting. Brilliant and involved, Neymar recalled that he knew how to raise his level during big evenings. It was again he who served Marquinhos with a masterful opening on the second Parisian goal (28th).
He could even have shaken the nets too, if Neuer had not repelled his attempt from close range in the second half. Beyond his decisive gestures, the 29-year-old artist, author of 6 goals and 3 assists in 6 C1 games this season, was invaluable by his activity and his ability to keep the ball under pressure. He also got fouls that allowed his entire team to breathe in the hottest moments.
Mbappé in the wheel of Halaland
Mbappé, he recalled that he belonged to an upper class by scoring the goal of victory with a sudden strike (68th). After his 4 goals against Barça in the previous round, including a devastating hat-trick at Camp Nou, the world champion has impressive stats. In 8 appearances, he has already scored 8 times in this edition. Only Erling Haaland does better with Dortmund (10). Since the start of his career, Mbappé has scored 27 goals in 43 Champions League games. Only Haaland can compare with his 20 goals in 15 games. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were far from his standards at the same age.
“The coach wanted me to close the pass lines on Kimmich with Neymar, explained the Blues striker after his festival in Munich. This is where there were spaces for recovery, so he wanted me to take the depth to stretch Bayern’s block and have them race because that’s not what they prefer. That was the plan for me, I was up to the challenge and it worked out well today ‘ hui “. After a major trip to Strasbourg on Saturday in Ligue 1 (5 p.m.), Paris will meet Bayern on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). For a return match that promises to be hot.
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Mbappé promises “the same determination” on return
Neymar and Mbappé will have to pull out all the stops again to snatch the qualification. “We will approach this match with the same determination, ensures the phenomenon of Bondy. We will attack with confidence, even if it remains a great team opposite. When you play the Champions League, there are only great teams. C ‘is the daily life of the C1 “. A daily that PSG hopes to continue alongside it. Just like for Neymar. The two stars will be one year from the end of their contract this summer. The capital club wishes to extend them.
The case is well underway for the Brazilian. It is much more vague for the Frenchman, who has not yet decided what will be done in his near future. Asked about Sky Sports Italia on Wednesday, Leonardo once again raised the subject at the Allianz Arena. Without saying much more. “We will have to see things and we will soon come to a more concrete situation with them. But now we must focus on the competition, of which we are entering the final phase,” replied the Parisian sporting director.