Bayern Munich has one foot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The first leg of the squatter against Paris Saint-Germain was won 0-1 at the Parc des Princes. The return is in three weeks.
Perhaps the duels with Bayern are the most important for PSG. Winning the Champions League is not possible and Christophe Galtier’s team is performing poorly in the competition. Add to that the turmoil in the selection and it is a crisis in Paris, while the opposite is true at Bayern.
Initially, the audience in the Parc des Princes was not presented with an edge-of-the-seat competition. It was mainly Bayern that ruled and PSG that was pushed back. That did not yield opportunities and the first half was anything but noteworthy, except for some attitude from Neymar, who screamed for a penalty kick, but did not get it. Just before the break, PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma had to save on a shot from Joshua Kimmich.
Shortly after the break, the goal that the game so needed came. Eight minutes after the break, Alphonso Davies gave Kingsley Coman from the left, who hit his old club PSG in the heart: 0-1. In addition, Donnarumma did not look well. Coman’s goal was the go-ahead for Galtier to bring in Kylian Mbappé, who started on the bench due to an injury.
𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐎𝐀𝐀𝐋 𝐁𝐀𝐘𝐄𝐑𝐍! 💫
Kingsley Coman gets all the space… and the Frenchman knows what to do with that: 0-1! ✌️#ZiggoSport #UCL #PSGBAY pic.twitter.com/u0A1BLo5vY
— Ziggo Sport Football (@ZS_Voetbal) February 14, 2023
Where the best at Bayern had been gone for a while, PSG was getting stronger. Bringing in Mbappé gave the Parisians wings and Bayern was staggering for more than fifteen minutes. The Parc des Princes cheered when Mbappé scored from close range after a tight sprint from his own half, but he did so in an offside position. Then Yann Sommer prevented Neymar’s 1-1 and another goal from Mbappé was disallowed. Lionel Messi was also close once.
In the return, Bayern have to do without Benjamin Pavard, who received his second yellow card in the stoppage time of the game. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann has three weeks to come up with something about this.
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