Killian Mbape scored twice to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the first match of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Mbape was a constant threat, while Neymar had two assists, as the French champions responded to their 1-0 loss to Bayern in last year’s final, taking advantage of the advantage by entering the rematch in Paris next week.
Marquinhos scored the other goal as the visitors increased the score by 2-0 in the first half hour, but the PSG captain came out injured shortly afterwards and Bayern responded with headers from Eric Maxim Chupo-Motting and Thomas Mueller.
Mbape sealed the victory with his eighth goal of the race in the 68th. The visitors had a total of four shots at the target.
“I think it was effective. We managed to score with almost all our abilities and we managed to defend well as a team, even if it is difficult against Bayern Munich, “said Mbape.” But there is a second round at home and we will have to win again if we want to qualify for the semifinals. . “
Bayern had 31 efforts in the door and clearly missed the accuracy of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish star is the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 35 goals in 25 appearances, but he returned from the international break with a knee injury. Bayern were also without striker Serge Gnabri due to a positive test for COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, it was not as decisive at the door as usual,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick after his first defeat in the Champions League since taking over in November 2019. “The performance was not good. But I’m still very happy with the performance of the team, the way they played. “
Visitors were also absent due to COVID-19, with Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi being infected. Coach Mauricio Pochettino was also without striker Mauro Icardi and suspended Leandro Paredes, as well as Lavin Kurzawa and former Bayern player Juan Bernat.
In the other quarterfinal on Wednesday, Chelsea beat Porto 2-0 in a match played in Seville, Spain, due to travel restrictions.
Bayern made a good start amid heavy snow with Choupo-Moting, who hit the crossbar with his head from a corner in the second minute.
Mbape scored in the next minute, created by Neymar in a quick counterattack, when his shot on the right twisted between the legs of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The visitors had the ball in the net again in the 12th, but Julian Draxler’s goal was rejected by VAR, as Mbape was offside in the accumulation.
Bayern responded with constant pressure. Kaler Navas was on the alert to turn down Leon Gorecka in the 19th, then Benjamin Pavard a minute later.
Choupo-Moting approached from another angle before Marquinhos scored with the second legal effort of the guests to the door. Neymar defeated Bayern’s offside trap with a brilliant ball over the top of his Brazilian compatriot to make it 2-0 in the 28th minute.
But Marquinhos came out with an injury in the groin two minutes later – a big blow for the guests, who were forced to return midfielder Danilo back to defense.
Bayern’s player came out injured for Alfonso Davis shortly after.
PSG paid the price for Marquinhos’ absence in the 37th, when Benjamin Pavard was left free to cross to mark the unmarked Chopo-Motting in the left post.
Bayern had to make another change before the break when Jerome Boateng came out for the injured Niklas Sule.
Mueller equalized with a header in Joshua Kimic’s free kick per hour, but Mbape struck again, despite facing Boateng in the 68th. The French star simply shoots through the legs of the Bayern defender past the wrong Neuer in the left post.
“If it was 5-3 or 6-3 for us, no one could complain based on all these chances,” Mueller said. “If we take the performance we showed today and take it to the field in Paris, then we will get the chances to score again to reach the semifinals. And we have to be there and get things done. This is our full focus now. “