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PSG 2021 Kylian Mbappé double gives thrilling win at Bayern Munich

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100

Kylian Mbappé scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain won 3-2 at Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final

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Last modified on Wed 7 Apr 2021 18.42 EDT

Kylian Mbappé produced a performance of stunning high-end incision to drive Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first‑leg victory in Munich.

Hansi Flick’s Bayern produced the familiar high-pressing red waves, racking up 31 shots at goal over a thrilling, slightly wild 90 minutes.

But they were picked off repeatedly by Mbappé’s movement and some precision passing from Neymar.

By the end PSG had inflicted Bayern’s second defeat in 29 games in this competition, but it won’t count as revenge for last summer’s final until the last kick in Paris.

That job is far from over after a night when Bayern created a constant stream of chances on which the injured Robert Lewandowski would surely have gorged himself.

The Allianz Arena was drenched in April snow at kick-off, on a night so cold even the referee wore gloves.

But Paris ran hot from the start.

With two minutes gone they took the lead, and did so in the most PSG way imaginable, breaking from halfway through Ángel Di María, who released the ball to Neymar, who played the perfect nudged pass to Mbappé.

His shot was hard and low but straight at Manuel Neuer.

It bounced off his legs and into the near corner of the net.

For a while PSG looked like they might score every time they attacked, with Mbappé lurking on the shoulder of that customary high red line.

Both teams had lined up in a 4‑2‑3‑1, but this was a delicious clash of counterattack and high-pressing blitz as Bayern poured forward at the other end.

Even without Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry there is an irresistible momentum about this Bayern team.

Kingsley Coman found space on the right.

Keylor Navas produced a wonderful reflex save from Leon Goretzka’s close-range header, then another sprawling block to repel a vicious drive from Josh Kimmich.

The Bayern style works best when the defence and midfield compress around the halfway line, but it does tend to leave a very obvious target behind.

It’s the game Bayern play, with a conviction that they have the skill and the personnel to assert their own rhythms, but at times in the first half Neymar was given the freedom of Bavaria.

With 28 minutes gone it was 2-0.

The goal was made from the same component parts.

Another Mbappé surge down the right forced a corner.

As the ball was cleared Bayern charged out.

Neymar dinked a wonderful pass back over the advancing red front to find Marquinhos all alone, with time to slide the ball into the corner.

The Allianz Arena is a boisterous place at the best of times, but the silence as the white shirts ran to celebrate felt authentic.

Bayern had been sliced apart.

Marquinhos left the field almost immediately with what looked like a groin injury.

Goretzka exited on 32 minutes, replaced by Alphonso Davies, who added instant attacking presence down the left.

And five minutes later Bayern pulled one back.

Kimmich whipped a deep cross into the box and Eric Maxim Choupo‑Moting headed powerfully into the corner, a fine finish from a player who, aged 32, has never got past 10 league goals in a season for any of his eight professional teams.

By the time the second half kicked off Bayern had also lost Niklas Süle, replaced by Jérôme Boateng.

And still the game carried on the same way, a wonderfully open, chaotic thing.

David Alaba had pushed up into midfield and began to run the game from a space just outside the PSG penalty area.

And on the hour Bayern were level with a goal from Thomas Müller, exploring the hidden space in a crowded area to flick Kimmich’s free-kick into the comer.

Those waves of red-shirted pressure had dragged Bayern back into the tie.

PSG were missing the calming midfield rhythms of Marco Verratti, but they retained that razor edge and before long Bayern were cut open again.

Mbappé veered in from the left, waited for Boateng to lunge then pinged the ball though his legs to make it 3-2.

Both teams kept on slugging it out to the end.

Müller shot past the left‑hand post.

Alaba shaved the other one.

It was thrilling, dizzy stuff as the blizzard returned.

But Mauricio Pochettino’s men hung on, with Colin Dagba an outstanding defensive obstacle at the death.

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Wed, 07 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined to condemn holders Bayern Munich to a first defeat in 20 Champions League games as Paris St Germain edged a 

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Kylian Mbappe scored twice as Paris St Germain beat Bayern Munich

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined to condemn holders Bayern Munich to a first defeat in 20 Champions League games as Paris St Germain edged a thrilling quarter-final first-leg clash 3-2.

Mbappe struck twice in a snowstorm at the Allianz Arena, with Neymar setting up both his double and Marquinhos’ first-half goal.

Bayern, who fought back to make it 2-2 against the side they beat in last season’s final through Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller, suffered a first home loss since November 2019.

🔥 It’s all over in Munich as @PSG_English win the first-leg! 💪@FCBayern 2⃣Choupo-Moting 37′ ⚽️Müller 60′ ⚽️@PSG_English 3⃣Mbappé 3′ & 68′ ⚽️⚽️Marquinhos 28′ ⚽️#𝗙𝗖𝗕𝗣𝗦𝗚 🏆 #UCL pic.twitter.com/2wHNVfiG5f

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) April 7, 2021

In an explosive start to the first leg, the visitors forced their way ahead after just three minutes when Kylian Mbappe blasted a shot through Manuel Neuer’s legs after Neymar had picked him out unselfishly at the end of a pacey counter-attack.

Muller passed up a glorious 10th-minute opportunity to level when he stabbed his shot straight at goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made fine saves to deny Leon Goretzka and Benjamin Pavard in quick succession as Bayern attempted to hit back.

The holders, who were without injured 42-goal striker Robert Lewandowski, were in deep trouble after 28 minutes when Neymar’s ball over the top allowed Marquinhos to control before firing past the helpless Neuer.

The Mbappe goal: https://t.co/RFHubxTMp0

— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) April 7, 2021

However, former PSG striker Choupo-Moting, who had hit the crossbar seconds before the opening goal, dragged the home side back into it nine minutes later with a firm downward header from Pavard’s cross.

Neuer went some of the way towards redeeming himself with a vital point-blank save from Neymar six minutes after the restart, but opposite number Navas had to save from David Alaba and Pavard within seconds as the Germans returned with renewed vigour.

They got their reward on the hour when Thomas Muller timed his run and jump to perfection to meet Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick before guiding a header past Navas to square it at 2-2.

But the French champions regained the lead within eight minutes.

Neymar played Mbappe in behind the Bayern defence and, as substitute Jerome Boateng arrived to confront him, the striker fired through the defender’s legs and past Neuer.

Alaba shot inches wide when he might have done better with four minutes remaining as PSG held on to leave Bayern boss Hansi Flick tasting defeat in the competition for the first time in his reign.

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