Paris St-Germain 0-1 Bayern Munich (3-3 on agg): PSG beaten on night but into Champions League last four

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored in both legs for Bayern but it was not enough to send them through

Paris St-Germain were beaten on the night but held on to claim an away-goals victory over holders Bayern Munich that takes them through to the last four of the Champions League.

In a fascinating second leg between the sides that contested last year’s final, PSG were threatening on the break, testing visiting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer a number of times and twice hitting the woodwork through Neymar.

It was Bayern, though, who broke the deadlock, giving themselves hope of a comeback win as Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting rose highest to follow-up David Alaba’s saved shot with a close-range header.

Missing the injured Robert Lewandowski, the German side lacked their usual ruthlessness up front and were unable to find the second goal that would have continued their trophy defence.

Kylian Mbappe thought he had sealed the tie with just over 10 minutes to go, but after breaking clear and firing in the assistant’s flag ruled his effort out.

PSG will face either Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City in the semi-finals, with the latter holding a 2-1 advantage going into Wednesday’s second leg in Germany.

PSG underline their growth

While this result will go some way towards exorcising the demons of last season’s final loss to Bayern, true redemption for PSG will only come if they can taste victory in Istanbul at the end of May.

It wouldn’t be PSG, though, with their recent humbling history of throwing away Champions League leads, if they did so with little fuss or drama and Tuesday’s tie was more nerve-jangling than it needed to be for the French side.

Soaking up pressure and using the pace and trickery of Neymar and Mbappe on the break, they were the more threatening side for much of the contest.

In the first half, Neuer and the goal frame repeatedly stood between them and an opening goal that would have swung the tie heavily in their favour.

But Choupo-Moting’s goal, coming moments after Neymar had struck both the bar and post with shots in the space of three minutes, ushered back memories of Manchester United’s comeback-win in Paris in the last 16 in 2019.

Progress is being made in front of us, though, and PSG were able to reset, re-focus and largely manage the game during a second half in which Bayern again held the larger share of possession of territory but not the required guile.

Eight months on from Lisbon, PSG still have their speed and trickery in attack, but now look to have married it to a much-needed discipline and resolve under Mauricio Pochettino.

With his Tottenham side having lost the 2019 final to Liverpool, Pochettino has Champions League final demons of his own to vanquish.

Get past Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City in the last four and he and his new side will get their chance.

More to follow.

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Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number1Player nameNavas

  2. Squad number31Player nameDagba

  3. Squad number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  4. Squad number3Player nameKimpembe

  5. Squad number22Player nameDiallo

  6. Squad number27Player nameGueye

  7. Squad number8Player nameParedes

  8. Squad number11Player nameDi María

  9. Squad number10Player nameNeymar

  10. Squad number23Player nameDraxler

  11. Squad number7Player nameMbappé

  1. Squad number18Player nameKean

  2. Squad number21Player nameHerrera

  3. Squad number25Player nameBakker

Bayern Munich

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeuer

  2. Squad number5Player namePavard

  3. Squad number17Player nameBoateng

  4. Squad number21Player nameHernández

  5. Squad number19Player nameDavies

  6. Squad number6Player nameKimmich

  7. Squad number27Player nameAlaba

  8. Squad number10Player nameSané

  9. Squad number25Player nameMüller

  10. Squad number29Player nameComan

  11. Squad number13Player nameChoupo-Moting

  1. Squad number8Player nameJavi Martínez

  2. Squad number42Player nameMusiala

Line-ups

PSG

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Navas
  • 31DagbaBooked at 55mins
  • 15Danilo
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 22DialloSubstituted forBakkerat 58′minutes
  • 27Gueye
  • 8Paredes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forHerreraat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Neymar
  • 23DraxlerSubstituted forKeanat 73′minutes
  • 7Mbappé

Substitutes

  • 4Kehrer
  • 6Verratti
  • 12Rafinha
  • 16Rico
  • 18Kean
  • 19Sarabia
  • 21Herrera
  • 24Florenzi
  • 25Bakker
  • 32Pembele
  • 39Nagera
  • 70Saidani

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5Pavard
  • 17Boateng
  • 21Hernández
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forMusialaat 71′minutes
  • 6Kimmich
  • 27AlabaBooked at 52mins
  • 10Sané
  • 25MüllerBooked at 68mins
  • 29Coman
  • 13Choupo-MotingSubstituted forMartínez Aguinagaat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Martínez Aguinaga
  • 20Sarr
  • 23Nianzou
  • 35Nübel
  • 42Musiala
  • 44Stanisic
  • 49Zaiser

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