UCL: PSG knock out Bayern Munich on away goal rule
Paris St-Germain has sent defending champion, Bayern Munich packing from the European Champions League based on “away goal” rule.
Paris St-Germain were beaten on the night but held on to claim an away-goals victory over Bayern Munich.
The victory takes them through to the last four of the Champions League.
In a fascinating second leg between the sides that contested last year’s final, PSG were threatening on the break.
The hosts tested visiting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer a number of times and twice hitting the woodwork through Neymar.
A week after an unforgettable first leg in Bavaria (2-3), Paris Saint-Germain were back in action against Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes for the second leg.
Without his captain, Mauricio Pochettino named a similar team to the one from the first leg with just Leandro Paredes coming into midfield in place of Danilo, who was repositioned in defence to cover for Marquinhos’ absence.
Once more both sides started off strong in this real battle of the titans!
The first few minutes set the standard: technical ability, intensity in the duels and crazy determination in this tactical encounter.
The Parisians showed themselves to be up for the fight.
Whereas the defenders left their heart and soul on the pitch to close down the spaces, the strikers released the shackles at the other end.
But the Parisians weren’t so fortunate this Tuesday night.
Neymar Jr, with a superb piece of play first forced Manuel Neuer to turn the ball onto the post (34′), before the goalkeeper was saved by the bar from another moment of genius from the Brazilian (37′).
But it was against the run of play after another Neymar Jr effort onto the post (39′) and another save by Keylor Navas that the Bavarians opened the scoring through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (0-1, 40′).
Needing to score again, the Bavarians had to move up a gear in the second half.
The Rouge et Bleu were able to fight back though and show some intent of their own.
With the sides going blow for blow, it was attack after attack at both ends causing the tension to increase.
Some minutes seemed longer than others and in this incredible battle the final few minutes that brought the Rouge et Bleu to the final whistle felt never ending.
But PSG never gave up!
With great team spirit, sacrifices and great intelligence the Parisians gave it their all to stop the opponents’ onslaughts until the end.
A moment of great joy for all the Rouge et Bleu fans after two battles.
After rewriting history against FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain managed the massive achievement of knocking out the defending champions.