PSG believed in it and PSG did it! Dominated throughout the meeting, the Parisians carried out a hold-up (3-2) against Bayern Munich and are in an excellent position for the return match at home on Tuesday.
Promised to hell in the Bavarian lair, Mauricio Pochettino’s players have taught a lesson in realism … in German to the reigning European champions, who had not lost in C1 for almost two years !
In this remake of the last Champions League final, PSG quickly froze the hopes of Bayern. On a counter, Neymar fixed the defense and gave perfectly to Kylian Mbappé, whose heavy shot still slipped the hands of Manuel Neuer (3rd).
An opening scoring all the more happy as it came just after the bar saved a head from Eric Choupo-Moting …
Navas is in charge
Largely dominated, in a first one-sided period (15 shots from Bayern, 2 for PSG), the Parisians held the shock, carried by a last rampart at the rendezvous: Thomas Muller (10th), Leon Goretzka (19th) or again Benjamin Pavard found Keylor Navas on the way to the goal.
The scenario totally smiled on the French team since Marquinhos, found with a bright opening by Neymar, doubled the bet, alone against Neuer (28th). Injured for a few minutes, the PSG captain offered his team an advantage of two goals before leaving.
Despite the reduction in the score of Choupo-Moting, former Parisian, with a nice header on a center from Pavard (37th), the capital club held its lead at the break (1-2).
Always dominating, Bayern pushed to equalize and Navas still had to pull out the big game ahead of Alaba (52nd) and Pavard (53rd).
Mbappé cools Bayern
By dint of bending, PSG nevertheless ended up breaking, in a situation similar to that of the first goal: Kimmich found Muller in the area and his uncrossed header deceived Navas (61st).
At the foot of the wall, Mbappé’s teammates still found the resources to resume the attack and punish the German defensive mistakes. Di Maria launched the French striker in depth and the latter, all in simplicity, chained fixation in front of Jerome Boateng and cross strike, out of reach of Neuer (67th).
Stunned by this new goal, Bayern slowed down but Alaba narrowly missed the opportunity to equalize, his shot fleeing the post of Navas (86th) …
Despite its 27 (!) Shots, the Germans therefore bowed, overwhelmed by Parisian efficiency. A success that the French also owe to their goalkeeper Keylor Navas, more than decisive with his 10 saves on the clock!