Paris Saint-Germain redeemed themselves after defeating Bayern Munich 2-3 at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of the UCL quarter-finals.
Paris Saint-Germain got their sweet revenge over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. The traveller’s secured a hard-fought victory that ended 2-3 in their favour, courtesy of the goals from Kylian Mbappe who scored a scintillating brace and Marquinhos.
PSG looked dominant from the very first minute of the game after Mbappe opened the scoring in the third minute. The French side went on to extend their league after Neymar Jr picked out Marquinhos from an unexpected cross to double their lead in the 30th minute.
However, Bayern Munich responded immediately as Benjamin Pavard‘s cross was met by former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The hosts then pulled back another goal after Joshua Kimmich‘s cross in the second half was met by Thomas Muller to draw the game level.
However, it took a moment of magic and individual brilliance from Kylian Mbappe to restore the lead within minutes after Muller drew the game level. The 22-year-old took on two defenders before striking his shot into the near post corner past the reach of Manuel Neuer to secure a crucial away game victory.
Bayern Munich had several chances during the game to take the lead but were missing the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry upfront in such moments. Hansi Flick took the defeat with a pinch of salt after believing that his side was the better team despite losing the fixture.
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BAYERN MUNICH’S HIGH LINE WAS EXPOSED
Bayern Munich’s high line and aggressive style of pressing worked wonders last season. However, this time around it has been the exact opposite. The pace and skill of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ended up exploiting the high line that was maintained by the host’s defence.
In fact, all the three goals scored by PSG were simply due to Bayern’s faulty high-line and aggressive style of play. Hansi Flick was quick to notice how Mbappe’s raw pace was a potential threat after his first goal and decided to take off Niklas Sule and Leon Goretzka in the very first half itself. The addition of Jerome Boateng and Alphonse Davies helped Bayern settle down as David Alaba went higher up the field to control the midfield battle alongside Joshua Kimmich.
Even then, the Bavarian’s could not contain the 22-year-old French forward who scored a brilliant individual goal in the second half to seal the game. Hansi Flick will have to go back to the drawing board to rethink the team’s tactical set up for the crucial second leg at the Parc des Princes.