Mbappe leads PSG past Bayern

UEFA Champions League

A double from Kylian Mbappe led Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals first-leg on Wednesday evening.

Hansi Flick had to do without offensive duo Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, while PSG had Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti out after testing positive for Covid-19.

It was PSG that ran into the lead on three minutes after Kylian Mbappe leaned wide to profit from Neymar Junior’s delivery just after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting headed a cross against the bar.

A second came for the visitors just after ten minutes with a low finish from the close-range by Julian Draxler, but the flag went up for offside.

However, the Parisans did go on to find a second goal three minutes from the half-hour mark after Marquinhos beat the offside trap to side-foot home an in-swinging ball from Neymar.

It was also the scorer’s last involvement, as a knock a little later had him vacate duty for Ander Herrera, while Bayern also made a change in Alphonso Davies for Leon Goretzka.

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Bayern pulled a goal back nine minutes inside halftime with a pin-point header inside the area from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting following a good cross from Benjamin Pavard.

The Parisans should’ve had a third four minutes in the second half through a snap effort from Neymar, but Davies cleared off the line before David Alaba forced a save of Keylor Navas.

Bayern drew level on 60 minutes with a smartly taken header from inside the area by Thomas Muller following an in-swinging free-kick.

However, the Ligue 1 giants reclaimed the lead ten minutes later through a low finish from Mbappe after he cut in from the inside left of the six-yard area.

More inviting openings particularly for the host appeared in the closing stages, however it was PSG who ran out winners ahead of the next week’s return-leg.

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