Kylian Mbappé was one of the great architects of PSG’s victory on Bayern Munich on Wednesday, in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (2-3). The 22-year-old striker scored twice against Manuel Neuer, who held him in check in last summer’s final.
His ill-fitting strike in Lisbon will remain as an eternal frustration for PSG. But it did not plunge Kylian Mbappé into doubt. Far from there. Eight months after stumbling over Manuel Neuer in the Champions League final, the 22-year-old striker hurt the Bayern Munich goalkeeper (2-3) on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg. In the freezing cold of the Allianz Arena, the 2018 world champion twice deceived the goalkeeper of the best team in Europe. By pushing him even to the entry fault.
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From the 3rd minute, Mbappé opened the scoring under the Bavarian snow. Although shifted by Neymar, the French striker sent a powerful strike from the right, very poorly negotiated by Neuer. What to put him in confidence. In the 68th, while his team was in agony, the phenomenon of Bondy again deceived the German goalkeeper. To offer an unexpected victory to his team (2-3). Thrown in depth by Angel Di Maria, Mbappé entered the area on the left side, before suddenly striking between the legs of Jerome Boateng. An inspiration that left Neuer behind. The proof that the former Monegasque does not have any complex in front of the prisoner of the Mannschaft.
“I hope to score against him again”
“I love playing against the best players in the world and Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in history, he explained after the meeting (in English) on BT Sport. No, I didn’t feel No pressure. We faced him in the final and we didn’t score. There it was another game, I scored a brace. I will face him again and hope to score again. “
It will be next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). For a return match that promises to be epic. Faced with the firepower of Bayern, PSG will cross their fingers that Mbappé, who received a blow to the shin at the end of the meeting, again takes the upper hand on Neuer. His European destiny will undoubtedly pass through this.
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