Our 3️⃣ points as PSG edge Bayern in Champions League classic

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Alex Mott

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A Kylian Mbappé double ensured Paris Saint-Germain were the victors at the Allianz Arena as the French champions beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in a Champions League classic.

Bayern Munich 2
Paris Saint-Germain 3
Full time

Mauricio Pochettino’s side avenged their final defeat from last year and will now go to Paris with a vital away-goal advantage.

What. A. Game

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Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain! In the Champions League quarter-finals! In the snow!

It’s worth saying because it often hasn’t been the case since the pandemic – this was an astonishing game of football, one that you simply couldn’t take your eyes off.

It was an absolutely stonking occasion, with moments of individual magic punctuated between long spells of first-rate skill, technique and tactical awareness.

Football has become a bit homogenous in the COVID era, one game morphing into another without distinction or notice.

This though, this was different. A stunning match between two excellent sides playing at the peak of their powers.

It was, truly, an advert for the Champions League, which is ironic considering they’re changing the format in two years time.

Missing their talisman

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Sometimes with these pieces we try and take a sideways look at games, highlighting an area that might not be obvious but one that may have decided the game by stealth.

But there’s no getting around this enormous elephant in the room.

Bayern Munich really miss Robert Lewandowski.

Now, admittedly, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting did score towards the end of the first half by getting on the end of a cross from Joshua Kimmich.

However, it was clear from general play that the Bavarians were in dire need of their Polish talisman and could have done so much more in open play with their star striker.

27 attempts on goal throughout the game also tells it’s own story.

Thankfully, Thomas Müller is playing about as well, right now, as he has ever done in a Bayern shirt and grabbed an equaliser in the second period.

It’s difficult though, not to wonder just how much more in control of this tie Bayern would have been with the world’s best No.9 leading the line.

Kylian’s killing it

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Much was made in the last round about how this is the first time since 2005 that the Champions League quarter-finals will be played without Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé were seen as having received the GOAT baton but only one of those players turned up for the big occasion this week.

While Haaland was largely quiet at Manchester City, Mbappé was at his blistering best in Bavaria tonight.

The Frenchman scored his 26th goal in the competition after only three minutes, racing in past the Bayern defender and firing in an effort that caught Manuel Neuer off-guard at his near post and then did exactly the same with the winner in the second period.

They were two finishes of supreme confidence and hit with such ferocity that Neuer could only watch as they rippled the back of his net.

But it wasn’t just the finishing that impressed this evening, it was his constant and clever movement, an ability to craft an opening from nothing and a goalscorer’s sense of being in the right place at the right time.

It doesn’t really need saying, but bloody hell he’s good.