Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG: Kylian Mbappe at the double in wild Champions League quarter-final tie

George Flood
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An enthralling Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain was bookended by goals from Kylian Mbappe.

The French superstar gave PSG an early lead in a repeat of last year’s final at a snowy Allianz Arena, combining with Neymar before beating Manuel Neuer too easily.

Captain Marquinhos doubled that advantage for Mauricio Pochettino’s side before being substituted due to injury, with Bayern - without 42-goal star striker Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry - then fighting back through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s superb header and a goal on the hour mark from Thomas Muller.

However, Mbappe put PSG back in control of the tie with their third away goal with just over 20 minutes remaining, coolly slotting through the legs of Jerome Boateng and in at the near post to settle a dramatic contest and seal Bayern’s first home loss since November 2019.

In an explosive start to the first leg, the visitors forced their way ahead after just three minutes when Mbappe blasted a shot through Neuer's legs after Neymar had picked him out unselfishly at the end of a pacey counter-attack.

Muller passed up a glorious 10th-minute opportunity to level when he stabbed his shot straight at goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made fine saves to deny Leon Goretzka and Benjamin Pavard in quick succession as Bayern attempted to hit back.

The holders were in deep trouble after 28 minutes when Neymar's ball over the top allowed Marquinhos to control before firing past the helpless Neuer.

However, former PSG striker Choupo-Moting, who had hit the crossbar seconds before the opening goal, dragged the home side back into it nine minutes later with a firm downward header from Pavard's cross.

Neuer went some of the way towards redeeming himself with a vital point-blank save from Neymar six minutes after the restart, but opposite number Navas had to save from David Alaba and Pavard within seconds as the Germans returned with renewed vigour.

They got their reward on the hour when Muller timed his run and jump to perfection to meet Joshua Kimmich's free-kick before guiding a header past Navas to square it at 2-2.

But the French champions regained the lead within eight minutes. Neymar played Mbappe in behind the Bayern defence and, as substitute Jerome Boateng arrived to confront him, the striker fired through the defender's legs and past Neuer.

Alaba shot inches wide when he might have done better with four minutes remaining as PSG held on to leave Bayern boss Hansi Flick tasting defeat in the competition for the first time in his reign.

Additional reporting by PA.

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