Kylian Mbappe insisted Paris Saint-Germain nonetheless have all of it to do after he scored twice in a thrilling 3-2 win at holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal first leg. Bayern had their 19-match unbeaten run within the Champions League led to a repeat of final 12 months’s last, because the German giants suffered their first European defeat since March 2019. PSG raced right into a 2-0 lead after simply 28 minutes behind closed doorways on the Allianz Arena as Neymar created targets for Mbappe and Marquinhos.
Bayern, whose prime scorer Robert Lewandowski is sidelined by a knee injury, drew stage courtesy of headers by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Mueller.
However, Mbappe confirmed his class with an excellent second objective to present the guests a bonus for the return leg in Paris.
“We used all our chances and had a bit of luck, but nothing has been decided,” Mbappe instructed Sky, with the second leg to return in Paris on Tuesday.
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas performed a key position with a string of saves as Bayern peppered his objective with 31 photographs in comparison with the French membership’s six.
“We have to score a lot more goals,” mentioned Mueller. “If it had ended 5-3 or 6-3 for us, no one could have complained based on the chances.”
Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who completed on the shedding facet for the primary time within the Champions League, additionally rued the variety of missed possibilities.
“With the chances we had, we could have got a good result despite conceding three goals,” Flick mentioned.
“We don’t like to lose, but the way the team played was top.”
This was a report nineteenth look within the Champions League quarterfinals for Bayern, however there was little for them to rejoice on the last whistle.
“Kylian Mbappe made the difference. It’s a very positive result for us, but everything is still open,” mentioned PSG coach Maurico Pochettino.
Marquinhos scores and limps off
Covid-19 forged its shadow over each groups with Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, plus PSG pair Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti quarantined after testing constructive.
Heavy snow fell within the first half in Munich because the guests put the warmth on the holders.
The opening objective got here after Neymar sprinted by way of a gaping gap within the defence and laid the ball off for Mbappe, whose shot flew into the online by way of Manuel Neuer’s legs.
PSG ahead Julian Draxler had a objective disallowed with Mbappe offside within the build-up because the guests saved up the strain.
Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka powered a header into the ft of Navas simply earlier than the hosts fell two targets behind.
A clearance kick solely received so far as Neymar, whose ball excessive discovered Marquinhos unmarked within the space to stroke his shot previous Neuer, shortly earlier than the PSG captain limped off injured.
Flick responded by bringing on Alphonso Davies to supply tempo on the flanks and moved David Alaba into defensive midfield.
The hosts pulled a objective again when Mueller’s cross was headed previous Navas by Choupo-Moting to make it 2-1 at half-time.
Neymar was denied by Neuer and Angel Di Maria had an effort cleared off the road, whereas Leroy Sane went shut on the different finish for Bayern as each groups had their possibilities after the break.
Bayern then equalised when Mueller nodded in an excellent Joshua Kimmich free-kick on the hour.
However, the wintry evening in Munich belonged to Mbappe, who confirmed his class by turning Bayern defender Jerome Boateng in and out earlier than driving his shot previous Neuer with 22 minutes left.
Bayern went down preventing as Alaba and Mueller each fired agonisingly extensive within the dying levels.
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