Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was conjured on August 23, 2020, when they lost their first Champions League final against Bayern (0-1), to return and are already in the semifinals after eliminating the current champion on Tuesday precisely Europe, who won 1-0 but fell 2-3 in the first leg in Munich. PSG sealed their rematch. They are the third semifinals in its history. Guided by a stellar Neymar, and despite his many chances, he missed the goal. But the 0-1 defeat opened the doors to the next round, after an exciting tie that marks his coming of age in search of his first Champions League. Bayern, hampered in both games by the loss of Robert Lewandowski, will no longer be able to defend their title.
The Mbappé-Neymar partnership was put into operation as soon as the game started, with several arrivals that put Bayern in trouble at the first change. The quality of the duo showed already from the start. But, as the minutes passed, Bayern, forced to come back in the Parc des Princes, began to attack, squeezing PSG, which was defending itself with success.
Leroy Sané starred in, after an action by Eric Choupo-Moting, the first chance for the Munich team, but the shot was deflected by the former City player by Pep Guardiola. The second was from Joshua Kimmich, but the ball also went out.
PSG gave two more notices, with the same protagonists. Mbappé and Neymar, who carried out a great dribble. And the Neymar recital began, an exhibition. Between Manuel Neuer and the stick, they prevented the former Blue from scoring. Then Neymar delighted with another action, dribbling and shooting. He lacked the goal, but he exhibited his best version. He followed with another shot to the wood, this time to the crossbar, after making a hole from the vertex of the area. After leaving him alone Mbappé, Neymar crashed the ball into the post again.
And, despite Neymar’s recital and the superiority of PSG at the individual level, Bayern took their spirit and took the lead thanks to Choupo-Moting, who scored with a header after a rebound by Keylor Navas after a shot from David Alaba. Hard blow for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Mbappé shot wide while PSG looked to level the score. Of the French they had been the best chances, but Bayern is Bayern. And a goal classified him. Already in the second half, PSG continued to show off its quality, with Neymar once again stellar, with Mbappé also creating a lot of danger.
Sané had Bayern’s two best chances in the second half. In the first Keylor Navas carried out a good intervention. In the second the ball went wide. Mbappé had a goal disallowed for offside. The final stretch of the match could not have been more tense and exciting, with Hansi Flick’s men attacking and attacking, totally overturned, PSG defending itself as best it could and going out on the counterattack. Kimpembe saved his team with his intervention and Neuer prevented Neymar from scoring. Navas providentially intercepted a very dangerous pass from Sané himself.