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.
After that Choupo-Moting goal, the momentum seems to be with Bayern. But trailing PSG is such a dangerous game and the Parisians showed in that first half how clinical they can be. Will Bayern continue to be this bold and aggressive with their defensive line and overall play in the second half? We’re about to find out.
Where to start with that one? It’s been enthralling, breathless, and wildly unpredictable. PSG took the lead inside two minutes through Mbappe, thanks to Neuer’s mistake, and for a spell, the visitors looked like scoring every time they went forward. Shambolic defending resulted in Marquinhos doubling PSG’s lead, but the game seemed to swing when the PSG captain went off with an injury. Bayern, despite their defensive struggles, had been piling on the pressure and with Marquinhos out of the picture, Choupo-Moting headed in Pavard’s cross to pull one back.
Bayern are back in it, and it’s Choupo-Moting against his former team! Pavard has time to pick out his cross from the right and Choupo-Moting rises to power the header past Navas. It’s a great header, but you have to think that Marquinhos would have stopped that. Choupo-Moting had lost Danilo in the box.
33’: There’s another substitution, this time for Bayern, as Alphonso Davies comes on to replace Goretzka. The German doesn’t look injured, and it’s Alaba who steps into midfield, with Hernandez to centre back and Davies to left back. A complete rejig of the back four, then.
Jamie Braidwood7 April 2021 20:36
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