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Kylian Mbappe masterclass leads PSG to massive 3-2 first leg victory over Bayern Munich in Champions League quarterfinals

PSG, Kylian Mbappe, Bayern Munich, Thomas Muller

In the most highly coveted clash of the Champions League quarterfinals, PSG has the upper hand heading into the second leg over current title-holders Bayern Munich.

Behind Kylian Mbappe’s brace, the Parisians pulled off a 3-2 victory in Munich as they prepare for the reverse fixture next Tuesday at the Parc des Princes.

Opportunities were few and far between for PSG though, with Bayern constantly creating havoc in the final third. The French giants had just 36% possession and only five shots on target, while netting three of them.

Bayern completely dominated the pace of play but failed to capitalize on clear-cut opportunities. They went down early after Kylian Mbappe scored in the 3rd minute then just 25 minutes later, PSG broke down the Germans’ backline again, with Marquinhos bagging the second of the night.

The European champions surged back in classic fashion though, with Eric Choupo-Moting scoring a beautiful header just before the halftime whistle. Then just minutes into the second period, Benjamin Pavard found Thomas Muller in the box for another fine finish.

Ultimately, Mbappe’s pace proved to be too much for a depleted Bayern backline, with the youngster catching Hansi Flick’s side on the counter-attack in the 68th minute and firing home a terrific hit into the bottom left corner to put PSG ahead for good. It was also the first defeat Bayern has suffered in the Champions League since March of 2019, ending their brilliant unbeaten streak in the competition.

It’s a huge result for PSG, especially scoring three away goals. But even with no Robert Lewandowski, this two-legged tie is by no means finished. Bayern looked very good despite their defensive struggles and it should be one hell of a ride next week in Paris.