UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: FCB vs PSG Bayern Munich vs PSG- PSG defeated Bayern Munich 2-3 at the Allianz Arena in the 1st leg.
Robert Lewandowski was the high-profile absentee for Bayern as he was ruled out due to a knee injury. Serge Gnabry, Corentin Tolisso, and Douglas Costa were also absent for the hosts.
Pochettino was without both Marco Veratti and Alessandro Florenzi as they tested positive for Covid-19. Dagba replaced Kehrer at the right-back position while Draxler got the call to play behind Mbappe in place of Kean.
PSG take an early lead
The French side took the lead through Mbappe. Neymar led the charge through the middle of the Bayern defense. He offloaded the ball to Mbappe in space in the right inside channel.
Mbappe then hammered a strike towards Neuer. The ball traveled through the keeper and into the net into the bottom-right corner in the 3rd minute.
PSG double its lead
It was Marquinhos who scored the 2nd goal for PSG to double their lead. The Brazilian latched on a precise cross from Neymar, who got his 2nd assist of the match and slotted an effort past the German keeper into the bottom-right corner.
Bayern failed to get out following a corner and Neymar hooked a left-footed cross towards the PSG skipper. He then took a sublime touch before guiding his strike into the net with composure in the 28th minute.
Bayern cut the deficit into half
It was Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who scored the 1st goal for the hosts in the 37th minute to cut PSG’s lead into half. Pavard was afforded space and time on the right flank to angle a cross in the PSG box.
Choupo-Moting rose above Danilo to head his effort beyond the reach of Keylor Navas into the bottom-left corner.
Bayern level the score
Thomas Muller scored the equalizer for Bayern Munich 15 minutes into the 2nd half. Kimmich floated a perfect cross into the box from a free-kick.
Muller, much like Choupo-Moting rose highest in the box to glance his header away from Navas into the bottom-left corner.
PSG score the winner
Mbappe scored the 3rd goal for PSG to secure his brace in the 68th minute. The Frenchman restored PSG’s lead as he finished in style with a crisp strike. Di Maria released Mbappe into space down the left flank on the counter.
He ran at Boateng into the box before hammering a right-footed effort into the bottom-left corner giving Neuer no chance to save.
PSG wins 2-3 away and will face Bayern Munich at home in the next game.
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