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Kylian Mbappé double gives PSG thrilling win at Bayern Munich

Kylian Mbappé Double Gives PSG Thrilling Win At Bayern Munich

Kylian Mbappé made a stunning, high-end incision to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 win in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in Munich.
Hansi Flick’s Bayern produced the famous high-pressure red waves, racking up 31 shots on goal in 90 exciting and slightly crazy minutes. But they were repeatedly pushed back by Mbappé’s movement and a certain passing precision from Neymar.
In the end, PSG had inflicted Bayern’s second defeat in 29 games in this competition, but that will not count as a rematch for last summer’s final until the last kick in Paris. This job is far from over after a night where Bayern created a constant stream of chances that injured Robert Lewandowski, would surely have gorged himself on.
The Allianz Arena was drenched in April snow at kickoff, on a night so cold that even the referee was wearing gloves. But Paris has been hot from the start. With two minutes to go, they took the lead, and did it in the most PSG way imaginable, passing halfway down to Ángel Di María, who released the ball to Neymar, who played the pass perfect in Mbappé.
His shot was hard and low but straight on Manuel Neuer. He bounced off his legs and into the corner near the net.
For a while, PSG seemed able to score every time they attacked, with Mbappé hiding on the shoulder of that usual high red line.
The two teams lined up in a 4-2-3-1, but it was a delicious high-pressure counterattack and blitz clash as Bayern rushed to the other end.
Even without Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, there is an irresistible momentum in this Bayern side. Kingsley Coman found space on the right. Keylor Navas produced a wonderful reflex point-blank header stop from Leon Goretzka, then another sprawling block to fend off a vicious workout from Josh Kimmich.
The Bayern style works best when the defense and midfielder compress around the halfway line, but it tends to leave a very obvious target behind. This is the game Bayern play, with the belief that they have the skills and the people to assert their own rhythms, but sometimes in the first half Neymar had the freedom of Bavaria.
At 28 minutes, it was 2-0. The goal was made from the same components. Another push from Mbappé to the right forced a corner. As the ball was clear, Bayern charged. Neymar repelled a wonderful pass on the advancing red front to find Marquinhos on his own, with time to slide the ball into the corner.
The Allianz Arena is a loud place at the best of times, but the silence as the White Shirts ran to celebrate was genuine. Bayern had been cut to pieces.
Marquinhos left the pitch almost immediately with what looked like a groin injury. Goretzka came out in the 32nd minute, replaced by Alphonso Davies, who added an instant offensive presence on the left. And five minutes later, Bayern pulled one out.
Kimmich whipped a cross deep into the box and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting led powerfully into the corner, a fine finish from a player who, has never exceeded 10 league goals in a season for one of its eight professional teams.
At the start of the second half, Bayern had also lost Niklas Süle, replaced by Jérôme Boateng. And the game still continued the same way, a wonderfully open and chaotic thing.
David Alaba had pushed through midfield and started to run the game from a space just outside PSG’s penalty area. And on time, Bayern were tied with a goal from Thomas Müller, exploring the hidden space in a crowded area to send Kimmich’s free kick into the corner. These waves of pressure in a red shirt had brought Bayern into the tie.
PSG lacked the calming rhythms of midfielder Marco Verratti but they kept that razor sharp edge and before long Bayern were reopened. Mbappé tacked to the left, waited for Boateng to lunge and then ping the ball through his legs to make the score 3-2.
The two teams continued to beat until the end. Müller shot past the left post. Alaba shaved the other. It was exciting and dizzying stuff when the blizzard returned. But Mauricio Pochettino’s men held on, with Colin Dagba an exceptional defensive obstacle to death.

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