With a little bad faith, we will say that it was ultimately not so hard to beat Bayern Munich. A little more than six months after the final lost in Lisbon, PSG went to win in pain on the Bavarian lawn in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (3-2). In no case a guarantee for the future, but another psychological lock that jumps after Barça.
A great start
The closed faces of the Parisians when entering the lawn and the teeth chattering due to the freezing cold of Munich seem ominous, as does the early warning of Choupo-Moting on the bar of Keylor Navas. But luck is on the Parisian side. A minute after having grazed the correctional, the PSG traps the Germans at their own game, that of the lightning transition on a smoothly led cons. Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappé. Bim, bam boom, goal of the French, well helped by a surprising error of Neuer, colossus in the hands of clay for his first intervention of the meeting. The karma of the Lisbon final.
Marquinhos, the art of going out with panache
As in Barcelona, Paris knocked out the opponent in his ring, but the comparison stops there. Bayern outrageously returns to the attack with the pride of the champion. Coman has fun with Dagba, Kimmich releases the same match as Kroos the day before, Müller stumbles on a still monumental Navas on Wednesday. It snows chances on the Parisian cage, Marquinhos is holding his groin, the wind has turned. Or almost. In a final burst of heroism, the Parisian captain draws his best attacking sequence to deceive Neuer (28th). 2-0, Marqui comes out injured. This time, things really get tough.
Choupo, of course
In the absence of Robert Lewandowski and against Paris Saint-Germain, the Bavarian salute could only come from Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. Or rather “Chouponaldo”. Unlucky at the start of the match on a blind header, the Cameroonian striker rectifies the shot after half an hour of play after an action where PSG will have shone by its defensive laxity. From Di Maria’s unconvincing tackle to Danilo Pereira’s giddy scoring, everything has been in place to allow the former home to plant his small goal.
Neymar leader, Mbappé savior
No scandal in this goal, nor in the equalizer of Thomas Muller – also of the head – in the second half, except that they arrived a little late in proportion to the number of chances that the Germans obtained. Opposite, Paris does not have much to offer collectively apart from the often magical inspirations of Neymar, whose performance we must not forget to salute. Author of two assists, the Brazilian, however, missed the ball 3-1 (51st). An affront finally caught by Kylian Mbappé (3-2, 68th) at a time when Paname was yet taking a monster broth. Yes, Lisbon is really behind them. But this time there will be a second round. And in view of the mountain of opportunities conceded until the last breath, it is far from being won.