Paris St Germain striker Kylian Mbappe scored two goals to steer the visitors to a 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich in a popular Champions League quarter-final first match on Wednesday.
On a snowy evening in the Bavarian capital, Mbappe scored his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th minute after Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting on 37th and Thomas Mueller on the hour had interrupted a two-goal PSG lead.
It was Bayern’s first Champions League loss in more than two years and the first ever for coach Hansi Flick, who had been unbeaten in his previous 16 matches in Europe’s top club competition.
“I am pleased with the result and the attitude of the team, which was in difficult situations against the best in Europe,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino. “We have to congratulate the players for their sacrifice and we want to repeat this kind of performance.
“Ninety minutes to play. It’s a good result but the return will be difficult. We know that,” he added.
Despite defensive mistakes, the Germans still wonder how they failed to earn at least one point with 31 goal attempts for PSG’s six, 15 corners for one and a series of golden opportunities.
PSG had stunned the hosts in the third minute through Mbappe, whose powerful low drive was pushed through the legs of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The French champions were brutally effective and scored with their second chance of the game when Neymar picked out Marquinhos with an exact cross and the PSG captain beat Neuer in the 28th minute.
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Marquinos was injured immediately after scoring and the defender’s absence struck Mauricio Pochettino’s back line before substitute Ander Herrera was able to settle.
Bayern quickly took control of the game and came close through Mueller and Choupo-Moting, who replaced the injured Robert Lewandowski.
Choupo-Moting had nodded into the crossbar in the second minute but did better with another nod and Mueller took the host level and nodded in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich.
The 22-year-old Mbappe then scored again, drilling in from a close angle and with two defenders in front of him to put PSG back in front.
“It was a difficult match against the best team in Europe right now,” said Mbappe. “But it’s just the first game. (Next week) we have to play with confidence and play again as a team.”
“It was outstanding team performance above all and I benefited from it. We suffered, but we suffered as a team.”
PSG had to survive an intense late pressure from Bayern, with David Alaba and Mueller coming close to the hosts, but hung on to the victory ahead of next week’s return to Paris.
“We should have scored a lot more goals,” Mueller said. “Of course we can talk about conceding goals but if you win 6-3 or 5-3 no one can complain.”
“If we had shown the killer instinct that characterizes us, it would have been a different game.”