Bayern Munich secured their spot in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after a hard-fought victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Round of 16 tie. The Bavarians came into the match with a narrow 1-0 lead from the first leg in Paris, and they knew that they had to be at their best to see off the threat of the star-studded PSG side.
As the game wore on, Bayern began to take control, and they eventually broke the deadlock in the 61st minute. Marco Verratti made a costly mistake, losing the ball on the edge of his own box, and Bayern pounced on the opportunity. Leon Goretzka showed great composure to square the ball to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who had a simple tap-in to give the Bavarians a crucial 2-0 aggregate lead.
Bayern made it 2-0 in the 89th minute via a counter attack that ended with Gnabry putting the ball at the back of the net. The final whistle blew, and Bayern celebrated a hard-fought victory that saw them eliminate two of the world’s best players, Mbappe and Messi.
It was a disappointing night for PSG, who failed to live up to their billing as one of the favourites to win the competition. For Bayern, however, it was a job well done, as they advanced to the quarterfinals .
🔴 Live Blog
Goal! Bayern Munich 2-0 PSG
Verratti loses it deep in the Bayern half, and the hosts are straight on the counter. Cancelo drives forward, too quick for Zaire-Emery, slides the pass through to Gnabry and he seals the victory.
Goal! Bayern Munich 1-0 PSG
Verratti has had an absolute nightmare. Edge of his own box, caught on the ball and Bayern are in. Goretzka so calm, squares it for Choupo-Moting and he has a tap-in.
We are back for a decisive second 45!
Goalless after 45 minutes of the second leg. That suits Bayern. PSG have been the better side and had the better chances, but nothing to show for it. Mbappe and Messi not quite as involved as the visitors would like.
It’s still right in the balance though.
And s it begins!
Joao Cancelo has to settle for a place on the bench tonight, even with Benjamin Pavard being out suspended.
The full-back joined Bayern in January on loan from Manchester City having struggled for minutes under Pep Guardiola since the World Cup, so swapping one bench for another certainly wasn’t the plan.