Mbappe brace the difference in European thriller

Paris Saint Germain have beaten Bayern Munich 3-2 in their back yard with a dazzling performance in Bavaria. A brace from Mbappe either side of half-time and a goal from Marquinhos. cancelled out goals from Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller

Defending European champions Bayern Munich were looking to become only the 3rd side ever to win back to back European trophies in the Champions League era.

While PSG were looking to consummate their place amongst Europe’s elite by beating the team that stopped them from reaching the promised land after losing the final against Bayern last year.

Two away goals from Mbappe and Marquinhos gave Maurico Pochettino’s side a great chance to avenge those demons from last year.

Bayern got theirs from ex PSG, man Choupo-Moting but it will need to be a much improved performance if they are to claw this result back in a weeks time

First half

PSG took an early lead when Neymar lead the charge on the counter. Di Maria found Neymar, who then found Kylian Mbappe to fire past Manuel Neuer after two and half minutes

PSG thought they had another when Mbappe cut inside off the left-hand side. He found Draxler who left Neuer with no chance, but the linesman put his flag up for offside.

Bayern Munich reacted well when Joshua Kimmich sent a free-kick into the penalty area. The ball found Leon Goretzka’s head, but Kaylor Navas was able to keep out the German midfielder with a fine save

PSG would go two up shortly after from an unlikely goal scorer centre-back Marquinhos. Bayern cleared a PSG corner but weren’t alive to the second phase as Neymar from 25 yards out found the Brazilian with a lofted ball behind the defense. Marquinhos took the ball down well before firing past Neuer to make it 2-0

Football has a funny way of throwing up story lines and it was ex PSG player Choupo-Moting who rose highest from a Benjamin Pavard cross. He sent a downward header past Navas into the corner to halve the deficit.

Second half

Bayern started the second half off like defending European champions. The Bavarians had a host of chances early on. Coman delivered a cross into the penalty. Choupo-Moting and Kimmich both failed to connect with the ball.

Bayern were well on top with chances from Sane and Kimmich coming soon after, but it was the latter who would turn provider.

The midfielder delivered a wonderfully weighted free-kick into PSG’s penalty area. Thomas Muller rose highest and glanced the ball into the far corner past Navas to draw Bayern Munich level on the night.

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PSG responded soon after with a devastating counter attack. Mbappe took Boateng on before firing through the defenders legs and Neuer at his near post.

PSG held on to record a famous victory, but will be lucky not to come away with less because of Bayern’s inept finishing.

Bayern had 31 shots the most this season, but missed Robert Lewandowski’s presence.

The second leg in Strasbourg promises to be a mouth watering affair

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