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PSG 2021 hold nerve to see off Bayern Munich despite Choupo.Moting goal

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PSG PSG see despite Bayern off Choupo-Moting to hold Munich goal nerve

Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100

Bayern Munich won 1-0 in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final but PSG progressed on away goals with the score 3-3 on aggregate

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Paris Saint-Germain are habitually ridiculed as chokers.

But maybe they will soon have to be referred to as European champions, at last.

Certainly Mauricio Pochettino’s team showed immense fortitude and wonderful flashes of skill to depose the Champions League holders and advance to a semi-final with either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.

They may have lost this second leg to a goal by Eric Maxim Choupo‑Moting but PSG emerged triumphant from a thrilling duel thanks to the three goals they had scored in the first leg and a second-leg performance that answered many questions about their character.

Their win avenged the defeat to Bayern in last year’s final and raised their hopes of a glorious near future.

Bayern created many chances and might have prevailed if Robert Lewandowski had not been absent through injury but, on the other hand, PSG were also deprived of important players, including their captain, Marquinhos, for this game.

But they performed with mighty spirit and discipline and carried a counterattacking threat that will strike fear into any opponents.

It was almost shocking that PSG did not score despite enchanting displays by Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Ángel Di María.

Neymar was the best of that magical trio and twice struck the frame of the goal.

“They are fantastic players, everyone can appreciate their capacity and quality, but they also work so hard,’ said a jubilant Pochettino.

“That is our job, to try to find a way to put this talent working towards the team.”

Di María suggested this match set a new standard for PSG.

He said: “The team worked harder than ever and I think the win is deserved.

“We are working really well.

In training there is a lot of concentration from all of us.”

PSG showed from the outset that they had no intention of sitting on their first-leg lead, as Mbappé nearly extended it after less than three minutes.

But after being released down the right by Neymar, the striking phenomenon rifled a low shot wide of the far post.

Bayern tried to retort quickly but PSG proved to be tighter than expected, regularly preventing Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sané from finding teammates despite frequent raids down the wings.

The wingers were sometimes their own worst enemy, choosing the wrong option or botching a well-intentioned pass.

For all Bayern’s pressure, PSG looked far more menacing on the counter.

Mbappé bamboozled Benjamin Pavard in the area and cut the ball back for Neymar, whose shot was blocked by Manuel Neuer.

Bayern had a clear plan to subdue Neymar by ambushing him in numbers every time he got the ball but the Brazilian is used to such treatment and found ingenious ways to wriggle free whenever PSG broke.

Neuer had to rush out to deny him in the 27th minute after another counterattack led by Mbappé.

Then Neymar struck the frame of the goal twice in three minutes.

First he curled an outrageous shot against the crossbar from over 20 yards after duping Coman with a beautiful piece of skill; then he nudged a shot against a post from eight yards after being set up by Mbappé at the end of a lovely move.

Just as Bayern seemed to be crumbling, they scored.

Keylor Navas could only parry a shot from eight yards by David Alaba after neat service by Thomas Müller, and Choupo-Moting showed the sharpest reactions, beating Presnel Kimpembe to the rebound and heading the ball over the line from close range.

Bayern needed a second goal but knew Neymar and Mbappé could destroy them on the counter in a flash.

The suspense was captivating, the skill level at times sublime.

Alaba, embroiled in a high-class midfield battle with Idrissa Gueye all evening, blasted just wide from the edge of the area early in the second half.

Then Neymar scooped a half-volley high over the bar at the other end after a cute pass by Leandro Paredes.

For all the vibrant attacking, the finishing needed fine-tuning.

Neymar contributed to another marvellous attack in the 53rd minute but, after sumptuous skill from Di María, came millimetres short of prodding the ball over the line.

Then Sané wrong-footed the PSG defence with a smart pass to Müller but Navas smothered the shot.

Bayern turned up the tempo but never panicked as time ticked down, trusting they would eventually forge another opening despite the resilience of PSG, for whom Danilo shone in place of Marquinhos.

But they were wrong.

PSG got bodies in the way of everything, proving to be too strong, too tenacious.

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Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0100

Report as three away goals in the first leg proved crucial for Paris Saint-Germain; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's goal not enough for Bayern on a night when Neymar hit the post and bar for Mauricio Pochettino's PSG team

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Tuesday 13 

Football

Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich.

UEFA Champions League Quarter Final.

8:00pm, Tuesday 13th April 2021.

Parc des Princes.

3-3

Paris Saint-Germain win on away goals rule

Report as three away goals in the first leg proved crucial for Paris Saint-Germain; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s goal not enough for Bayern on a night when Neymar hit the post and bar for Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG team

Paris Saint-Germain knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League after a 1-0 win for the Bundesliga side was not enough, with the French champions progressing to the semi-finals on away goals.

In another elite encounter which followed on from an entertaining first leg which PSG won 3-2 in Germany, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s goal (40), which came against the run of play after Neymar had hit the post and bar, put Bayern just one goal away from qualification.

PSG could have crumbled, knowing they have only made one Champions League semi-final since 1995, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team were resolute in defence to see out the result.

The French side will face either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

PSG: Navas (7), Dagba (7), Danilo (8), Kimpembe (8), Diallo (7), Gueye (8), Paredes (8), Di María (8), Neymar (7), Draxler (7), Mbappé (8)

Subs: Kean (6), Bakker (6), Herrera (6)

Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Pavard (6), Boateng (7), Alaba (6), Hernandez (7), Kimmich (7), Muller (6), Coman (5), Sane (5), Davies (6), Choupo-Moting (7)

Subs: Martinez (6), Musiala (6)

Man of the match: Idrissa Gueye

PSG came into the game having won 16 of their 17 UEFA competition ties when they recorded a first-leg away victory, including in this season’s round of 16 against Barcelona.

Bayern know only one way of playing and that is on the front-foot, yet, it was PSG who carried all the quality in a tense first half.

Without the prolific Robert Lewandowski, the six-time champions lacked a cutting edge.

Pochettino’s side played cleverly on the counter-attack with Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria causing all sorts of problems out wide.

That good approach play meant Neymar had three shots saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and hit the woodwork twice in an eventful period just before the break.

Neuer could only watch the ball flick off his crossbar from Neymar on 37 minutes before the Brazilian went even closer 90 seconds later when thumping an effort off the base of the post following a superb pass from Mbappe.

It only looked a matter of time until PSG struck, but the tie tilted Bayern’s way when Choupo-Moting headed home following Bayern’s first dangerous attack of the game on 40 minutes.

Kingsley Coman’s run found David Alaba in the PSG penalty area, and his low shot was saved by Keylor Navas.

However, the ball spun back up into the air and Choupo-Moting held off PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe to nod in from close range.

Navas then denied Alaba, whose left-foot drive appeared destined for the top-left corner, before Leroy Sane shot straight at the PSG ‘keeper shortly ahead of half-time.

PSG went on the offensive again at the start of the second half as Di Maria sent a dangerous low cross through the Bayern six-yard box that was somehow missed by Neymar.

Mbappe thought he had put the tie to bed when he broke clear into the Bayern half to fire the ball past Neuer into the top corner, but he was correctly ruled offside.

Bayern threw everything at PSG in the final 10 minutes but time and time again their final ball lacked the usual level of quality up against a well-drilled PSG defence.

They could not force any late drama as Sane’s low cross into the six-yard box in stoppage time was smothered by Navas.

It was hard to ignore any of the majestic PSG front three as Neymar, Mbappe and Di Maria were all full of invention and quality in the final third.

However, they did not manage to find the net – somehow.

So, the key area was the space in front of the PSG back four.

They were protected expertly by former Everton man Idrissa Gueye.

He has taken his game to another level judged on this performance.

When he was required to snuff out danger, he was there.

When he was required to cover one of his team-mates, he was there.

For all their attacking talent, Gueye is perhaps their most important player in this style under Pochettino.

No player made more tackles than him on the night (six) as he was supported in the engine room by the classy Paredes, who sparked plenty of PSG counter-attacks with sublime passing into his front three.

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are away at Wolfsburg on Saturday; kick-off at 2.30pm.

PSG, who are three points behind Lille in the Ligue 1 title race, play St Etienne on Sunday; kick-off at 12pm.

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