UEFA Champions League: Mbappe double gives Pochettino first-leg advantage as PSG beat Bayern Munich
Report as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combine for two of Paris Saint-Germain’s goals in a stunning victory at the Allianz Arena; Bayern Munich respond through Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller but lose in the Champions League for the first time in 20 games
Kylian Mbappe’s double in a performance of real endeavor saw Paris Saint-Germain earn a surprise 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at holders Bayern Munich.
Mbappe’s opener was fumbled by Manuel Neuer into the bottom corner with less than three minutes on the clock at a snow-covered Allianz Arena, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side threw themselves at everything from the first whistle to last in a match of incredible tempo and intensity.
They doubled their advantage before half-time after Bayern switched off from a corner and left Marquinhos to turn Neymar’s ball forward beyond Neuer, although the PSG captain was injured in the process and forced off moments later.
Neymar and Mbappe had caused real problems when allowed to combine and punished Bayern again for PSG’s third eight minutes later, with the latter’s disguised finish inside Neuer’s near post giving the French side a sensational first-leg advantage – and three away goals – ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Parc des Princes.
In the process, they stopped Bayern from setting a new club record of 20 European Cup games without defeat, by inflicting their first in the Champions League since Liverpool won 3-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2019.