PSG won 3-2 against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. The Parisian goals were scored by Kylian Mbappé and Marquinhos. This result therefore allows the club of the capital to have a good advantage before the return scheduled for next Tuesday.
Signed Mbappé. Under an astonishing snowfall at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain froze Bayern Munich by winning the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League 3-2. With its three away goals, the Parisian club has spectacularly taken a good option on qualifying for the semi-finals. An advantage that will have to be confirmed at the Parc des Princes, during the second round scheduled for Tuesday evening (exclusively on RMC Sport 1).
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PSG therefore relied on Kylian Mbappé, four days after the embarrassing defeat that could cost him the title in Ligue 1. The young world champion was the man of the match, first by opening the scoring in after only 148 seconds on a caviar from Neymar, then by scoring the third Parisian goal (68th) while the opponent was perked up by the equalizer at 2-2. Much criticized lately for disappointing performances against defensive teams, the world champion has taken full advantage of the spaces of the lax German defense. Positioned at the forefront, he did not need to be omnipresent to sign a performance reminiscent of the demonstrations at the start of his career in Monaco.
Bayern have shot … 31 times
But contrary to what the score supposes, Paris Saint-Germain carried out a kind of hold-up. Until then unbeaten in the Champions League for more than two years, Bayern Munich outrageously dominated. Even before the opening of the Parisian score, the cross bar had trembled. Fortunately for Mauricio Pochettino, his troops were able to be tactically disciplined. Angel Di Maria was particularly so, in his position of right midfielder. And Keylor Navas, confirming his status as the most valuable element of the Parisian eleven, was able to multiply the saving stops.
So when PSG found themselves leading 2-0 thanks to an incredible fox goal from the surfaces of captain Marquinhos, served by Neymar’s second assist, the amazement was total. But by pushing, Bayern Munich was able to reduce the gap thanks to the former Parisian striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, necessarily (37th). Then equalized with a header on a free kick from Thomas Müller (60th). Hard not to imagine, however, that the bill would not have been heavier with Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, both absent. It showed on the statistics sheet: Bayern shot 31 times.
Cascade of injuries
This game was also a story of injuries. Besides Marquinhos, therefore, the Parisian team had to separate from Abdou Diallo (foot) at the break. To make matters worse, Neymar played the entire second period decreased. In the opposing ranks, Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle were replaced even before the break. So many glitches that were added to the many packages accumulated on both sides before the match.
Polish gunner Robert Lewandowski also let it be known just before kick-off that he would still be absent for the second round. This will also undoubtedly be the case for Serge Gnabry, positive for Covid-19, just like Marco Verratti. In Paris, Bayern will therefore still be deprived of its assets which have scored almost half of its goals. The course of the season, however, has now demonstrated it many times: PSG is less comfortable at home.