Champions League

Champions League Match Report: PSG 3-0 Bayern Munich

Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Parc des Princes to go three points clear at the top of Group B.

The reason Paris Saint-Germain spent big in the summer was to become Champions League contenders, if not winners. Playing teams like Bayern Munich will be a great test for PSG and on this occasion they passed with flying colours. The home side were 1-0 up within two minutes as Neymar, the world’s most expensive player, glided into Bayern’s penalty area and squared the ball for fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to slot home from close range. Bayern’s keeper Sven Ulreich should have done better.

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Bayern Munich recovered from their shaky start and began to trouble PSG with crosses into the box. Javi Martinez came closest to the equaliser when his powerful strike forced an acrobatic save from PSG keeper Alphonse Areola in the 19th minute.

Despite their efforts to equalise, Bayern found themselves even further behind. Kylian Mbappe found Edinson Cavani whose first-time shot from just outside the area flew past the outstretched arms of Ulreich. The Uruguayan striker becomes just the 5th different player to score in six consecutive Champions League games. He joins Ruud van Nistelrooy, Marouane Chamakh, Burak Yilmaz and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Cavani could have got on the scoresheet again towards the end of the first half but Ulreich’s legs denied him and PSG went in 2-0 up at the break.

Bayern continued to dominate possession in the second half and put PSG under pressure. Carlo Ancelotti’s side nearly got a reward for their hard work but Thiago Silva made sure to prevent Javi Martinez’s header from crossing the line.

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PSG were off on the counter attack and it should have been 3-0 when Kylian Mbappe passed to an unmarked Neymar who fired uncharacteristically wide.

Then it was Javi Martinez’s turn to stop PSG scoring. Mbappe found Cavani at the far post but Martinez was there in the nick of time.

With just over an hour played, Neymar finally got his goal. Mbappe put a low cross into the Bayern box and a goalmouth scramble followed with Neymar tapping in from close range. It’s not often Bayern Munich get beaten so resoundingly in the Champions League but PSG are an unstoppable force.

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Cavani should have had his second goal of the night when Alves put the ball on a plate for him at the far post but he stopped his run at the vital moment and the ball drifted out for a goal kick.

PSG have to prove why they should be taken seriously in Europe’s elite competition this year and this was a great match to do it in. After a 3-0 win over Bayern Munich, they are now top of Group B with two wins from two.

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Bayern Munich Starting XI: Ulreich, Alaba, Martinez, Süle, Kimmich, Vidal, Tolisso (Rudy 46), Alcantara, Muller, Lewandowski, James (Coman 46)

Unused substitutes: Fruchtl, Hummels, Ribery, Robben, Rafinha

PSG Starting XI: Areola, Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa, Motta (Lo Celso 86), Verratti (Draxler 88), Rabiot, Mbappe (Di Maria 79), Cavani, Neymar

Unused substitutes: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Moura



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