Kylian Mbappé scored two goals while Paris in their quarterfinal first away match against Bayern appreciated the 3-2 advantage.
Coincidence as it happened, reaction
The match in short
The replay of last season’s final was simply breathtaking. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had already hit the crossbar before Kylian Mbappé shot in Neymar’s pass in the third minute and opened the scoring.
Marquinhos calmly beat Manuel Neuer to double the lead – Neymar scored again – although Choupo-Moting gave hope to Hansi Flick’s header by throwing in Benjamin Pavard before the break.
The action from end to end remained relentless after the interval and Bayern equalized when Thomas Müller glanced at Joshua Kimmich’s free kick next to the otherwise inspired Keylor Navas. Mbappé had the final say though, clinically driving in his second from a sleek counterattack in Paris.
Player of the match: Kylian Mbappé (Paris)
“Mbappé was a clear choice after his two goals from nice counterattacks.”
Dušan Fitzel, UEFA Technical Observer
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Jordan Maciel, Bayern rapporteur
An American slide in a match worthy of two recent finalists. Paris is in the lead with three away goals, but nothing has been decided yet. Bayern pressed passion and ferocity and returned with nails twice, which will fill them with confidence before the next game. No doubt they have the quality to reverse that, but they will have to find a better way for Mbappé and Co. remain silent in Paris.
Chris Burke, a reporter from Paris
Overplayed over a long period of time, Paris has proven the advantage of having world-class talent at both ends. The French side certainly suffered, but they turned Bayern’s pressure in their favor, wreaking havoc on the break by Neymar’s distribution and Mbappé’s pace and finish, while Navas thwarted the vast majority of the home team’s chances. With Marco Verratti likely to return for another match, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are in a good position to avenge last year’s final defeat.
Kylian Mbappé, Paris striker: “It was a tough game against the best team in Europe right now. We played well as a team. But it’s only the first game. [For the second leg] we have to play with confidence and play again as a team. I like to play against the best players in the world, and Manuel Neuer is one of the best guards in history. I failed to score against him in the final [last year] but I hope I can do it again. “
Colin Dagba, Paris defender: “[The coach] he told us what didn’t work at halftime. We also looked at our defense organization and it paid off in the second half. We had a much firmer defensive block. We have to stay focused and play like tonight [in the second leg]. We’re going to have to run a lot because we’ve been pushed so hard. ”
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Bayern striker: “We just didn’t get enough opportunities and unfortunately received too many. I saw the statistics – it’s crazy. The second day, certainly five or six. It’s really frustrating. It was a great fight tonight. Too bad we couldn’t be rewarded, but we came back well . “
Thomas Müller, Bayern striker: “You can always talk about the goals you’ve received, but I don’t think anyone could have had any complaints that we won 5-3 or 6-3. We kind of shot ourselves in the leg. Now we have to come from behind.”
• Paris have failed to score in one of their last 43 UEFA Champions League matches. The exception was their 1-0 defeat by Bayern in the 2020 final.
• Mbappé have scored eight goals in their last four UEFA Champions League matches and six in their last three knockout appearances.
• Marquinhos ’goal was eighth in the UEFA Champions League and four came in the knockout stage. He scored in the quarterfinals and semifinals last season.
• The defeat ends Flick’s undefeated Bayern coaching streak in this competition. He won 15 and drew one of his 16 major games before tonight.
• Bayern have now scored in their last 63 matches, but have only two goals from their last 14 home games in all competitions.
• Bayern have scored at least twice in 26 of their last 27 home games in all competitions.
Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Süle (Boateng 42), Alaba, Hernández; Kimmich, Goretzka (Davies 33); Sané, Müller, Coman; Choupo-Moting
Paris: Navas; Dagba, Marquinhos (Herrera 30), Kimpembe, Diallo (Bakker 46); Gueye, Danilo; Di María (Kean 71), Neymar (Rafinha 90), Draxler; Mbappé
Both teams are in league action on Saturday, Bayern are at home to seventh-placed Union Berlin and Paris away to Strasbourg. The rematch will be played on Tuesday, April 13.