Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring the first goals of both teams in 16 UEFA Champions League matches between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
Kylian Mbappe Twice net Paris Saint-Germain Secure a thrilling 3-2 victory with the holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday Champions League The first leg of the quarter-finals, repeating last year’s finals.
Bayern have finished 19 undefeated Champions League games in their first defeat in Europe since March 2019, as coach Hans Flick suffered his first defeat in Europe.
When Neymar scored goals for Mbappe and Markinhos, PSG took the 2-0 lead in a closed room at the Allianz Arena just 28 minutes later.
Bayern, who was sent off by top scorer Robert Lewandowski due to a knee injury, caught up with Eric Maxim Choupo Moting and Thomas Müller’s goals.
However, Mbappe showed his class next Tuesday with a wonderful second goal of giving visitors an advantage in their return match in Paris.
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas played an important role in a series of saves when Bayern desperately scored a goal to get an equalizer.
This was the record 19th appearance in the Bavarian Champions League quarterfinals, but the Bavarian giant rarely celebrated with the final whistle.
Covid-19 cast a shadow over both teams after Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, as well as PSG pairs Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Veratti tested positive.
In Munich, heavy snow fell in the first half as visitors heated the holders.
The opening goal came after Neymar sprinted through a gaping hole in the defense and fired the ball at Mbappe, who jumped into the net from Manuel Neuer’s foot.
PSG German forward Julian Draxler did not allow Mbappe to score offside in the build-up as visitors continued to put pressure on him.
Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka pushed the header under Navas just before the host was two goals behind.
The clearance kick only reached Neymar. Neymar’s ball discovered that Markinhos had not been marked to hit a shot over Neuer in the area shortly before the PSG captain was injured.
In response, Flick introduced Alphonso Davies, giving the side a pace and moving David Arava to the defensive midfield.
The host pulled back when Mueller’s cross crossed Navas to 2-1 in half-time due to Shupo Moting.
Neymar and Mbappe spared no effort off the line, but Leroy Sané approached the other side of Bayern because of a chance after the break.
Bayern leveled when Mueller nodded at that time with a wonderful Joshua Kimmich free kick.
However, on a winter night in Munich, Mbappe, who showed the class with Bayern defender Jerome Boaten facing in and out, evaded Neuer and shot with 22 minutes remaining.
Bayern lost the battle as both Arava and Mueller fired in a wide range of pain when they were dying.
PSG wins Bayern Munich, starring Mbappe
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