PSG beat Bayern Munich in topsy-turvy Champions League quarter-finals
Paris St Germain forward Kylian Mbappe scored twice to steer the visitors to a 3-2 victory over holders Bayern Munich in a topsy-turvy Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
On a snowy evening in the Bavarian capital, Mbappe fired in his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th minute after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 37th and Thomas Mueller on the hour had cancelled out a two-goal PSG lead.
It was Bayern's first Champions League loss in more than two years and the first ever for coach Hansi Flick, who had been unbeaten in his previous 16 matches in Europe's premier club competition.
"I am happy with the result and the attitude of the team, who found themselves in difficult situations against the best side in Europe," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. "We need to congratulate the players for their sacrifice and we want to repeat this kind of performance.
"Ninety more minutes to play. It is a good result but the return leg will be difficult. We know that," he added.
Despite defensive mistakes, the Germans will still be wondering how they failed to earn at least a point with 31 goal attempts to PSG's six, 15 corners to one and a string of golden opportunities.
PSG had stunned the hosts in the third minute through Mbappe, whose powerful low drive squeezed through the legs of keeper Manuel Neuer.
The French champions were brutally efficient and scored with their second chance of the game when Neymar picked out Marquinhos with a pinpoint cross and the PSG captain beat Neuer in the 28th minute.
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Marquinos went off injured immediately after scoring and the defender's absence dealt a blow to Mauricio Pochettino's back line before replacement Ander Herrera could settle in.
Bayern quickly took control of the game and came close through Mueller and Choupo-Moting, who was replacing the injured Robert Lewandowski.
Choupo-Moting had headed onto the crossbar in the second minute but did better with another header and Mueller brought the hosts level, nodding in a Joshua Kimmich free kick.
The 22-year-old Mbappe then scored again, drilling in from a tight angle and with two defenders in front of him to put PSG back in front.
"It was a difficult game against the best team in Europe right now," Mbappe said. "But it is just the first game. (Next week) we have to play with confidence and play again like a team."
"It was a superb team performance above all and I benefited from that. We suffered, but we suffered as a team."
PSG had to survive intense late pressure from Bayern, with David Alaba and Mueller going agonisingly close for the hosts, but hung on for victory ahead of next week's return leg in Paris.
"We should have scored far more goals," Mueller said. "Of course, we can talk about conceding goals but if you win 6-3 or 5-3 then no one can complain."
"If we had shown the killer instinct that characterises us then it would have been a different game."
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