FC Bayern Munich managed to earn a 1-0 lead from their first leg in Paris. The six-time Champions League winners were held on a 0-0 margin in the first half. But a mistake from the PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma helped Kingsley Coman to score against his former team. The 53-minute strike from Coman was good enough for them despite going down to 10 men in the last minutes of the PSG vs Bayern Munich clash.
At the start of the match, Zaïre-Emery made the headline as the became the youngest player to start a UEFA Champions League knockout stage match.
Bayern was all about control and position in the first half but lacked the finishing skills from Musiala and company. They had few chances but could not manage to go past Donnarumma. Meanwhile, PSG only hoped to score from counter-attacks as Neymar and Messi failed to make any significant moves. Although Mesis earned a free-kick in the last minute of the first half, it was not fruitful enough.
Kylian Mbappe was forced to make an entry in the second half despite being not “full-fit”. Things changed for PSG after that as we saw pace, aggression and rhythm from PSG. Nuno Mendes was brilliant with few runs but a double save from Yann Sommer kept the lead alive for the visiting team.
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Mbappe’s brilliant goal was declined in the 82nd minute due to an off-side and PSG could not turn things their way post that. Benjamin Pavard received his second yellow and red card of the match after fouling Lionel Messi at the outside of the box. However, a poor free kick from Neymar could not convert that into a chance. Pavard will miss the second leg of the PSG vs Bayern Munich battle in Germany.
Bayern now have won their opening seven matches of a UEFA Champions League campaign for only the second time, after their successful 2019/20 season.
PSG have now lost three matches in a row for the first time since 2020. This is their first defeat at the Parc des Princes in 41 matches across all competitions.