Canada’s Davies plays as Bayern Munich lose Champions League quarterfinal first leg
Kylian Mbappe scored twice to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Mbappe was a constant threat as Neymar had two assists as the French champion responded to his 1-0 loss to Bayern in last year’s final by taking the lead ahead of the second leg in Paris this week next.
Marquinhos scored the other goal as the visitors led 2-0 in the first half hour, but the PSG captain suffered an injury soon after and Bayern responded thanks to Eric Maxim Choupo’s headers -Moting and Thomas Muller.
Mbappe sealed the victory with his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th. The visitors had a total of four shots on target.
Bayern made 31 efforts on goal and clearly missed the precision of Robert Lewandowski. The Polish star is the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 35 goals in 25 appearances, but returned from the international break with a knee injury. Bayern were also deprived of striker Serge Gnabry due to a positive COVID-19 test.
“Unfortunately, it wasn’t as decisive in front of goal as we normally are,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said after his first Champions League loss since arriving in November 2019. “Efficiency doesn’t was not good. But I’m still very happy with the performance of the team, the way they played. “
Visitors have also had absences due to COVID-19, with Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi both infected. Coach Mauricio Pochettino was also without striker Mauro Icardi and suspended Leandro Paredes, as well as Layvin Kurzawa and former Bayern player Juan Bernat.
Bayern got off to a good start amid heavy snowfall with Choupo-Moting hitting the crossbar with a header from a corner in the second minute.
Mbappe scored the next minute, set up by Neymar on a quick counterattack, when his shot from the right wiggled between the legs of Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.
The visitors got the ball in the net again in the 12th, but Julian Draxler’s goal was ruled out by VAR as Mbappe was just offside in the build-up.
Bayern responded with sustained pressure. Keylor Navas was vigilant to deny Leon Goretzka in the 19th, then Benjamin Pavard a minute later.
Choupo-Moting moved closer to another corner before Marquinhos scored with the visitors’ legitimate second effort on goal. Neymar broke Bayern’s offside trap with a shiny ball over the top for his compatriot Brazil to carry it 2-0 in the 28th.
But Marquinhos injured his groin two minutes later – a blow to the visitors who were forced to move midfielder Danilo to defend themselves.
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Bayern’s Goretzka was injured for Edmonton’s Alphonso Davies soon after.
PSG paid the price for Marquinhos’ absence in the 37th, when Benjamin Pavard was left free to cross for the banal Choupo-Moting to head to the left post.
Bayern had to make another change before the break with Jerome Boateng coming in to replace injured Niklas Sule.
Muller equalized with a header on Joshua Kimmich’s free kick on time, but Mbappe struck again despite his clash at Boateng in the 68th. The France star simply shot between the legs of the Bayern defender past the Neuer with the wrong foot in the left post.
“If it had been 5-3 or 6-3 for us, no one could have complained based on all of those odds,” Muller said. “If we take the performance we showed today and bring it onto the pitch in Paris, then we’ll have the goal chances again to reach the semi-finals. And we have to be there and score things. C ‘is our main focus now. “
Chelsea beats Porto 2-0
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored a goal in every half as Chelsea beat Porto 2-0 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.
Mount scored after a nice turn past a defender on the edge of the box in the first half and Chilwell added the second following a mistake by Porto’s Jesus Corona in the 85th minute.
Next week’s second leg will also be played in Seville due to travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic. Porto were considered the home team for Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.
The winner will face either Real Madrid or Liverpool. Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 at home in their first leg on Tuesday.