• Thomas Barnes

PSG through to the Semi Finals after eliminating the Champions



Bayern travelled to the French Capital knowing they had to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg with the away goals rule in play. Their task was made significantly more difficult with the absence of Lewandowski and Gnabry.


Despite Bayern’s best efforts, their 1-0 win on the night, thanks to a Choupo-Moting header, was not enough to see them into the Semi Finals of the Champions League.


Bayern started the game with the intent to press PSG very high up, but the first warning sign came for the German Outfit as Kylian Mbappe exploited space in behind the Bayern defence, but the Frenchman could only drag his effort wide.


Mbappe showed his blistering pace again as he danced past Pavard moments after before playing a teasing ball into the box which fell to Neymar, but Neuer did well to deny the Brazilian at close range.


Bayern had their first chance of the game when Coman managed to wriggle to the by line past Colin Dagba and played an inviting ball across the six-yard box but no one was there to meet it.


After a few early scares, Bayern grew back into the game and Leroy Sane rode his luck from outside the area, but his long-range strike whistled wide of Navas’ goal. Moments after it was Kimmich’s turn to have a go from long distance but Navas comfortably watched it travel wide of the post.


The first half an hour saw Bayern press with great energy but the threat of a PSG counter was always there. Mbappe broke forward again and picked out a very clever ball inside to Neymar who wasted a big chance as he failed to beat the onrushing Neuer.


Once again, Neuer denied Neymar as lovely footwork on the edge allowed Neymar to get a shot away which left Neuer stretching to deny the forward at his front post.


Once again it is Neymar who looked the most threatening to break the deadlock, he tried his luck on the edge of the box, but his looping effort bounced off the crossbar to safety.


The saying ‘the woodwork is a goalkeeper’s best friend’ is reinforced as in quick succession, Neymar was denied by the post as he tried to finish a beautiful bit of play from Mbappe down the left.


PSG were left to rue their big chances as on the stroke of half time. Choupo-Moting reacted quickest to a poor piece of goalkeeping by Keylor Navas who put the ball back into the danger zone for the former PSG player to head home.


Bayern start the second half bright knowing they needed to score again, another attempt outside the box by Bayern, this time from Alaba, left Keylor Navas scrambling as it travelled wide of the target.


PSG came so close to equalising with one of their very few chances of this second half. Lovely play from PSG’s front three resulted with Di Maria bringing the ball down on his chest and playing the ball across the goal with Neymar fractions away from tapping the ball into an empty goal.


Following a very poor effort from Moise Kean that went well over the target, Mbappe thought he’d put the Parisians level as he powered the ball past Manuel Neuer from close range only for the linesman to correctly call him offside. Very close though.


Leroy Sane, who had a relatively quiet game, had a chance late on as he twisted and turned against substitute Bakker, but his right foot effort was marginally wide of the mark.


Ratings


PSG


Navas (6), Dagba (6), Kimpembe (8), Pereira (7), Diallo (7), Gueye (8), Parades (8), Draxler (7), Di Maria (8), Neymar (8), Mbappe (7)


Subs: Bakker (6), Kean (6), Herrera (N/A)


Bayern Munich


Neuer (7), Pavard (6), Boateng (7), Hernandez (8), Davies (6), Kimmich (6), Alaba (6),

Muller (7), Coman (7), Sane (6), Choupo-Moting (7)


Subs: Musiala (6), Martinez (N/A)


Man of the Match – Idrissa Gana Gueye


What Next for PSG?


PSG will turn their attention to Wednesday night’s fixture of Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City to see who their semi-final opponents will be.



Written by Thomas Barnes

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