PSG are in the driver seat after defeating Bayern in the first leg of the quarter-finals at Allianz Arena
Bayern were considered the favourites for the tie after it was revealed that both Marco Veratti and Leandro Paredes would miss the game. However, Les Parisiens stunned the defending champions away in the first leg of the last-eight.
Kylian Mbappe took the centre- stage once again as he scored a match-winning brace to give PSG a big advantage in the aggregate, as his Brazilian counter-part provided two mouth-watering assists for first two PSG goals.
The Frenchman opened the scoring inside three minutes after a swift counter-attack, with Neymar providing the assist. Marquinhos doubled the lead around the half-hour mark to put PSG on the driver seat.
Bayern’s Eric Choupo-Moting, the replacement for injured Robert Lewandowski, halved the deficit minutes later before German playmaker Thomas Muller levelled things up at the hour-mark.
Nonetheless, PSG had the last laugh after Mbappe completed his brace in the 68th minute, thus leading the aggregate 3-2.
It was another sumptuous display from Mbappe, who had already scored a stunning hat-trick against Barcelona in the previous round. Neymar was also at the heart of the attack as he provided two crucial assists.
Bayern would be stunned to see their long-running streak come to end against the side who they met in the last season’s final.
Mauricio Pochettino might look like a lacklustre manager as far as the Ligue 1 is concerned but he is on a different mission in the Champions League.
Statistics and Reactions
#FCBPSG 30 minutes played: Bayern: 12 shots, 0 goals PSG: 2 shots, 2 goals 90 minutes played: Bayern: 31 shots, 2 goals PSG: 6 shots, 3 goals 12 shots were on target
Joshua Kimmich created 10 chances against PSG, the most by a player in a single UEFA Champions League match at the quarter-final stage or later since Mesut Özil for Real Madrid v Tottenham in April 2011 (12). Supply.
Both Leon and Niklas have muscular injuries. They will undergo tests that will show how long they will be out forHansi Flick
Lewandowski aside, this game was simply missing Gnabry. He doesn't skill or do fakeshots all the time but he is deadly when it matters on the big occasions and always goes for the goal
Bayern-PSG breathless to watch. Final score a travesty and only reason Bayern lost was absence of Lewandowski. When Neymar cuts out the nonsense he’s such an amazing player to watch and appreciate. #UCL