Bayern Munich 2-Three PSG Participant Rankings: Mbappe shines

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Paris Saint-Germain took a big step towards qualifying for the semi-finals of this year’s Champions League with a 3-2 win against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

In the first leg of the quarter-finals, PSG showed their qualifications on a snow-covered pitch in Munich in order to gain a significant advantage for Paris and have high hopes of eliminating the reigning European champions.

Bayern Munich – PSG: player ratings, match statistics, player statistics

While a 3-2 win suggests PSG were the dominant side on Wednesday night, the truth was that it was a game where the home team scored three or four extra goals and turned the tie in Munich.

The real difference for Mauricio Pochettino’s side was the man between the posts as Keylor Navas kept showing up to keep Bayern’s desperate attempts at bay.

Over the course of the game, Bayern had no fewer than 12 shots on goal at Navas’ goal and although they managed to get two headers into the net, they were ultimately frustrated by the heroics of the Costa Rican international.

After Robert Lewandowski was injured, Bayern knew they had to be at their best to compensate for their talisman. However, few would have predicted that the club’s other world-class talent between posts would be the one to let them down on the night.

PSG’s first goal in just three minutes was undoubtedly a moment of insanity for the Bayern defense, but nothing was more disappointing than Manuel Neuer’s attempt to save Kylian Mbappe’s shot from close range.

Although the French star fired the ball by force, he also hit his attempt directly on Neuer and should have been an easy parade for the shot stopper. In a moment of madness, however, Neuer made a mistake and watched the gate slide between his legs. And after that it was an uphill battle for his team.

✔ Kylian Mbappe: 8.1

When the hour comes, the man comes. Football is running out of superlatives to describe the remarkable talent that Mbappe appears to be holding in reserves for special games, and Wednesday’s clash was just another example of how deadly the striker can be.

Although Bayern dominated possession and had the lion’s share of the chances, thanks to Mbappe’s clinical degree, PSG were able to claim an important win in their rare ventures in the Bayern half.

Sure, the young striker may have been lucky with his first goal, but his second (and PSG’s third) goal in the middle of the second half showed all the skill and precision that made Mbappe such a remarkable goalscorer.

Bayern Munich – PSG: player ratings, match statistics, player statistics

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