Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain gave a breathtaking sequel to last season‘s Champions League final on Wednesday evening. Der Rekord meister then won PSG, but this time threatens to be stranded in the quarter-finals: the Parisians took a 2-3 victory from the snowy southern Germany.
Bayern had to go without key players Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry, PSG smelled blood and did business immediately. Already after two minutes the guests arrived at 0-1, after Manuel Neuer let a not unsustainable effort of Kylian Mbappé slip. The home team did not lack any opportunities — Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting got the biggest but hit the bar — but PSG turned out to be more skilled at finishing. A hit by Julian Draxler was still rejected, but after half an hour, Marquinhos estimated a pass from Neymar to be 0-2.
Trainer Hansi Flick intervened twice before rest: Alphonso Davies and Jérôme Boateng dismissed Leon Goretzka and Niklas Süle. Between those two bills, the title holder’s connection hit fell: Benjamin Pavard gave a front from the right and Choupo-Moting scored with a beautifully executed headball against his old club.
After rest, both teams cheerfully continued at a murderous pace. Davies had to remove a ball for the line, but Bayern chased the equalizer. It fell after an hour of play, after another headball: this time it was Thomas Müller who left Keylor Navas without a chance. The home team seemed to be able to go on and over for a while, but not long after the 2-2 had a counter hit around the ears. PSG switched quickly and Mbappé surprised Neuer in the short angle: 2-3.
The hosts did not want to sit by the suits and hunted on the 3-3. Navas and his defense had to set up all the sails, but could breathe relieved every time. PSG is allowed with an ideal starting position to return at home, on Tuesday 13 April.