Heroic revenge! With a double from Kylian Mbappé under the snow in Munich, Paris SG took revenge, Wednesday, April 7, for the invincible Bayern (3-2) against which he had lost in the final of the previous edition of the League of champions in August 2020. It has been two years and nineteen matches that Bayern Munich, reigning European champion, has not lost on the European scene.
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PSG achieved this feat in apocalyptic conditions that will be remembered: under heavy snowfall and behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena, the revenge of the Lisbon final gave birth to a burning match, rich in blows of brilliance and blows of fate.
Neymar was a key player in the game. The Brazilian, often injured in recent weeks or victim of his own nerves, this time fully mastered his match with two assists that allowed PSG to quickly lead 2-0 despite the overwhelming domination of the Bavarians (31 shots to 6 on the entire meeting).
Goals … and injuries
From the 3e minute, Neymar fixed five defenders, then shifted Kylian Mbappé, whose powerful strike surprised goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Then, as Bayern pushed, Neymar drove the point home of an incredible sleazy for his captain and compatriot Marquinhos, who started behind the back of the defense and who adjusted Neuer like a pure center-forward (30e minute).
A goal with energy from the Brazilian defender, who had just called for the change due to an injury. The latter was also released in the wake, forcing midfielder Danilo to improvise a central defender, and this change launched a fairly improbable ball of injuries: in turn, the Germans Leon Goretzka (33e), then Niklas Süle (42e) came out affected, as did Abdou Diallo (PSG) at the break.
In this disheveled context, the merit of PSG was to hold out in the Bavarian turmoil, in particular thanks to Keylor Navas. The reigning European champions have nevertheless reduced the gap on a stung head from the former Parisian Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (37e), substitute for Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, absent due to a knee injury. Then Thomas Müller equalized with a subtle uncrossed header (60e).
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But Bayern left boulevards behind and Mbappé appeared again in the 68e minute, putting the third goal with a low shot at the near post that surprised Neuer. This is Bondy’s eighth goal in this competition, two lengths from his budding rival Erling Haaland (10 goals).
Enough to erase the bitter taste of Lisbon and his too soft shot in front of Neuer last August, one of the worst failures of his career … Here he is avenged by this brilliant victory, which Paris will have to confirm next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes to maintain his dream of a first European coronation.
Chelsea take the ascendancy
In the other quarter-final first leg played on Wednesday night, Chelsea gained the upper hand over Porto (2-0, goals from Mason Mount [32e] and Ben Chilwell [85e]), in a much less inflamed atmosphere: the match also took place behind closed doors, but on neutral ground, in Seville, due to health restrictions, and then because the ” Blues “Did the job by winning quite clearly” on the outside “.
The team of former Parisian coach Thomas Tuchel has sometimes suffered but his defense, this time, held, far from the unexpected correction suffered last weekend in the Premier League against West Bromwich (5-2).
Here is Chelsea very close to the semi-finals of C1 that the London club, European champion in 2012, hopes to find for the first time since 2014: it will suffice for this to manage the return leg scheduled for next Tuesday, again in Seville.