Bayern Munich vs PSG LIVE: Result and reaction from Champions League fixture tonight – The Independent

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Bayern Munich welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Allianz Arena this evening in the first leg of the teams’ Champions League quarter-final tie.

Tonight’s game – between the German champions and French champions – is a rematch of last season’s final, from which Bayern emerged 1-0 winners for their first title in the competition since 2013. The trophy has long eluded PSG despite their domestic dominance, but they will have been buoyed by their last-16 triumph over Barcelona this term, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men securing a 5-2 aggregate victory that began with a stunning 4-1 first-leg win. Bayern, meanwhile, were 6-2 victors on aggregate against Lazio, and are unbeaten in their last 16 outings.

The Bundesliga outfit enter tonight’s fixture on the back of a crucial 1-0 league win against second-placed RB Leipzig, whereas PSG suffered a 1-0 Ligue 1 defeat by Lille, with both sides reduced to 10 men in the final moments of that game – though Neymar’s red card will not affect his involvement here. In contrast, Bayern’s star man Robert Lewandowski will miss out due to injury, with both teams set to be without numerous players on account of a mixture of fitness issues and Covid-19 infections. Follow live updates of Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals below.

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Full-time: Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG

And what a night for Mauricio Pochettino, he’s had quite a few in this competition over the past three seasons…

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 22:16

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Reaction from PSG’s Julien Draxler: “It was really hard work from the whole team. It was hard to defend but we have a lot of quality in our attack and that’s why we scored three goals.

“It’s hard to compare [this game to last season’s final]. A final is only one game, now we have two [games]. We go home happy tonight.”

On Mbappe’s performance. “That’s what he’s there for. He has quality like no one else in the world.”

Ahead of the return leg: “They way they play is really dangerous, with or without Lewandowski, and it’s going to be the same next week in Paris. We’ll try to win again.”

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 22:14

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While Mbappe and Neymar will get a lot of the attention tonight, some of PSG’s lesser names – Idrissa Gueye, Danilo Pereira, Ander Herrera, Presnel Kimpembe – had massive performances tonight. There were some shaky moments, but Pochettino’s defence stood strong in the face of relentless Bayern pressure, even when the excellent Marquinhos went off injured in the first half.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 22:09

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Full-time: Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG

Bayern had 31 shots at goal to PSG’s six. The loss of Robert Lewandowski proved to be just so costly for the Bundesliga leaders, and they’ll be without him for the return leg next week too.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 22:02

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Bayern Munich were excellent for large parts of that game but PSG were just too clinical. Kylian Mbappe was the difference in the end. In a match packed full of quality and incident, it was his second goal just after the hour that was the standout moment. After scoring three goals at the Nou Camp in previous round, he now adds a brace at the home of the European champions to his collection.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 21:58

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FULL-TIME! Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG

What a match, what a win for Paris Saint-Germain. Bayern lose in the Champions League for the first time in two years and will have to come from behind in Paris next week.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 21:53

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90+1’: PSG had a couple of chances to break but Boateng concedes a foul in midfield. Mbappe is limping heavily.

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89’: Bayern want a penalty for a handball on Herrera, but there was nothing the midfielder could do as he slid in to block Muller’s cross. Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz waves away appeals and books Choupo-Moting for his protests.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 21:51

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Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG

88’: This is turning out to be a heroic defensive stand from PSG. Herrera does brilliantly to block Alaba’s shot, before Danilo stops Coman in the box and clears for a corner.

Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 21:50