PSG made it to the last four of the Champions League despite a 0-1 loss to Bayern Munich on the back of away goals.
PSG lost 0-1 to Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday but go through to the last four on away goals. Bayern came into the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on the back of a 2-3 loss at Munich in the first leg. To make matters worse, Bayern were without star striker Robert Lewandowski. As such, they created a glut of chances but failed to take all except one of them. PSG were the better side on the night but failed to get on the scoresheet. Neymar was at his skillful best and Kylian Mbappe was imperious on the break. Angel di Maria also stood out with a fine performance. PSG will now meet either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final.
PSG have made it to the last four of the Champions League for the second successive season. The French side started on the front foot, as Neymar set up Mbappe with a though ball but the Frenchman failed to hit the target. Neymar was then denied a one on one chance by Manuel Neuer in the 26th minute.
32-year-old Cameroonian forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the only goal of the match in the 40th minute. He forced a header past Neuer from a David Alaba cross.
Bayern then tried hard for a second goal but were denied by a resolute PSG defence.
PSG will consider themselves unlucky to have not scored even once. Neymar hit the woodwork twice in three minutes and created a number of chances.
But Manuel Neuer had a great day in front of goal as he made some exceptional saves. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to prevent the defending champions exiting the tournament.
Bayern clearly missed the services of their number one striker Lewandowski. The Poland international missed both legs of the tie with a knee injury.
The Bavarians were without a spark and looked like they were short on options in the bench.
To make matters worse, many of their players were coming back from international duties and didn’t seem likely to overturn a 2-3 deficit.
The defeat puts Bayern coach Hansi Flick’s future at the club in doubt. Reports of issues with the top brass have already seen him linked to the Germany job. Current manager Joachim Low will step down after Euro 2020.
For PSG, the decision to hire Mauricio Pochettino as manager looks great just three months after he took charge.
The attacking abilities of the French side was always their to see but the Argentine coach has instilled a defensive discipline in the team. It might just be enough to get them over the line this year.