Kylian Mbappe insisted that Paris Saint-Germain still have everything to do after scoring twice in a thrilling 3-2 win over title-holder Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. Bayern saw their 19-game unbeaten streak in the Champions League end with a repeat of last year’s final, as the German giants suffered their first European defeat since March 2019. PSG took the lead 2-0 after just 28 minutes behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena as Neymar created goals for Mbappe and Marquinhos.
Bayern, whose top scorer Robert Lewandowski is sidelined with a knee injury, drew thanks to the headers of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Mueller.
However, Mbappe showed his class with a superb second goal to give the visitors an advantage for the return leg in Paris.
“We used all our chances and got a little bit of luck, but nothing was decided,” Mbappe told Sky, with the second leg in Paris on Tuesday.
PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas played a key role with a series of saves as Bayern dotted their goal with 31 shots against six for the French club.
“We have to score a lot more goals,” Mueller said. “If it had ended 5-3 or 6-3 for us, no one could have complained based on the odds.”
Bayern coach Hansi Flick, who finished on the losing side for the first time in the Champions League, also increased the number of missed chances.
“With the odds we had, we could have had a good result despite conceding three goals,” said Flick.
“We don’t like to lose, but the way the team played was great.”
It was a record 19th appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals for Bayern, but there wasn’t much to celebrate at the final whistle.
“Kylian Mbappe made the difference. It’s a very positive result for us, but everything is still open,” said PSG coach Maurico Pochettino.
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Covid-19 has cast its shadow over both teams with Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, as well as PSG duo Alessandro Florenzi and Marco Verratti quarantined after testing positive.
Heavy snow fell in the first half in Munich as the visitors put the heat on the holders.
The first goal came after Neymar sprinted into a gaping hole in the defense and left the ball to Mbappe, whose shot flew into the net between Manuel Neuer’s legs.
PSG striker Julian Draxler had a disallowed goal with Mbappe offside in preparation as the visitors kept the pressure on.
Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka propelled a header into Navas’ toes just before the hosts fell back two goals.
A clear kick only went as far as Neymar, whose ball over the summit found Marquinhos unmarked in the area to strike his shot past Neuer, shortly before the PSG captain was injured .
Flick responded by calling in Alphonso Davies to set the pace on the flanks and moved David Alaba to the defensive midfield.
The hosts fended off a goal as Mueller’s cross passed Navas through Choupo-Moting to make it 2-1 at halftime.
Neymar was denied by Neuer and Angel Di Maria had a clear effort on the line, while Leroy Sane came close at the other end for Bayern as both teams had their chances after the break.
Bayern then equalized when Mueller nodded in a stunning free kick from Joshua Kimmich within the hour.
However, the winter night in Munich belonged to Mbappe, who showed his class by flipping Bayern defender Jerome Boateng inside and out before throwing his shot past Neuer with 22 minutes remaining.
Bayern got into a fight as Alaba and Mueller both shot fearfully in the dying stadiums.
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