PSG completed their revenge story over Bayern Munich to move into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League thanks to the help of the away goals rule!. They absolutely barely managed to do that, losing the game 0-1 but progressing because of the 3 away goals scored in the first leg.
PSG started the game looking sharp and hit the post twice before Bayern took the lead in the 39th minute when Eric Choupo-Moting muscling his way into scoring a rebound from close range to make it 3-3 on aggregate! After that, Bayern threw the kitchen sink at the hosts’ – who thanks to some gritty defending & help from lady luck – were able to grind through a result following a thrilling end-to-end clash.
While the hosts missed a lot of chances upon scoring which the tie would’ve been over early on, they kicked out their ‘bottlers’ tag by holding on to their advamtage until the very end & are now a couple of steps away from finally winning the Champions League.
Here are your PSG player ratings vs Bayern Munich leg 2.
PSG Player Ratings vs Bayern Munich
Mauricio Pochettino (6.5) –
Pochettino took a risk by playing the inexperienced Dagba again in this one and that almost cost him as Bayern caused all the problems through the left-wing initially. However, his defence showed a lot of character after going a goal down to grind out the result & keep Bayern quiet after that.
Pochettino’s half-time team talk definitely worked wonders as PSG came out a much more energetic, united side in the second half to deny Bayern any more goals. While he’ll be disappointed with the lack of ruthlessness in counter-attacks, Pochettino’s impressive defensive set-up of his side and ability to bring togetherness to break the ‘bottlers’ curse deserves him some credit despite suffering a loss today.
Keylor Navas (7.0) –
Navas was PSG’s own superman in the last leg with his saves and they will hope he continues the same today as well. Did well to stop Alaba’s surprising shot but unable to do anything for Choupo-Moting’s rebound for the goal. Makes a strong save to deny Alaba minutes before half-time. Closed down Thomas Muller bravely to deny him in the 62nd.
The saves he had to make today were easier compared to the other one, but Navas made them nonetheless to see through the narrow win across both ties for his side.
Colin Dagba (6.5) –
Dagba gets a surprising start after having a nightmare in the first leg. Looks shaky defending against Kingsley Coman again early on today. After a nervy first half, he recovered very strongly in the second half to keep Bayern’s threat nullified by his side and forcing Coman to move more centrally due to lack of options on the left. Will still find it difficult to keep his place in the next set of games, though.
Danilo Pereira (7.5) –
The defensive midfielder starts at centre-back after holding himself well in the last game. He did surprisingly well in this makeshift role again, popping into all the key areas to make some 8 crucial clearances and winning all the key duels in the air. Did not looked unnerved by the intense pressure put by Bayern & showcased impressive character to see through the tie.
Presnel Kimpembe (6.5) –
With no Marquinhos, Kimpembe is PSG’s leader today and needs to stay strong to stop his side from bottling another tie. Too weak for Bayern’s opener, getting outmuscled by Choupo-Moting & being too slow to react to the chance. But recovered well from that, ensuring that his side did not concede any more.
Perhaps not as dominant as Marquinhos, but Kimpembe made some clutch challenges himself to avert disaster and held a strong enough defensive line to stop Bayern from going away with the tie.
Abdou Diallo (6.0) –
Diallo recovers from an illness for this one and faces a hungry Leroy Sane today. Lost his mark on Sane on occasions which almost allowed the German winger to get into scoring areas in the first-half. Under the circumstances he did decently to stop Bayern’s flow through his side, but lack of fitness came back to bite him as he had to be subbed before the hour-mark.
Leandro Paredes (8.0) –
Paredes is back to his tenacious self in midfield, but his clever distribution helped his side move the ball smartly in the first half. Comes up big defensively with a key goal-line clearance in the 69th. Paredes was like PSG’s invisible hero today. Helped them keep possession with his swift passing, closed down spaces for Bayern with his pressing & remained disciplined to help his defence hold out in the end.
Idrissa Gueye (7.5) –
Gueye is acting as PSG’s midfield engine again in this one, making some clutch challenges to help neutralize Bayern’s threat in key areas. Did not allow anything prominent to happen through the middle, frustrating Bayern’s midfielders with his relentless pressing & winning all the key duels. His crunch tackles & swift reactions helped Gueye nullify the majority of Bayern’s attacking threat and keep thing steady in midfield.
Julian Draxler (6.0) –
Draxler will be determined to get more involved in the attack after being a bit sloppy last time around. Despite working hard on the counter-attacks and defensively, he again couldn’t create anything formidable for his side before being subbed late on.
Angel Di Maria (7.0) –
Di Maria played a brilliant pass to send Mbappe through on goal in the 27th to help create PSG’s first big chance of the game. After a slow start to the game, he really got into the groove and tormented Bayern – stylishly going past Davies in the 53rd before playing it to Neymar to tap it into an open net – something he couldn’t do!
He spent the last leg almost defending the whole game but raised the spice levels today, getting into promising areas and creating a lot of good chances – most of which were wasted!
Neymar (7.0) –
After running the show in Munich, Neymar aims for some of the same this time. Threaded a sweet ball to send Mbappe through early on, but nothing came off that. Got into a one-v-one situation with Manuel Neuer in the 27th but his shot was saved really well. Then carves an opportunity for himself in the 33rd but his curling left-footed effort was superbly denied with a top save.
Dribbled past a player easily before attempting another curler four minutes later which hits the bar! And then AGAIN hits the post by slicing a shot past Neuer from close-range barely off-target. Gets another big chance in the 53rd but couldn’t tap one in from inches away from goal!
A very bizarre performance from Neymar. He was a delight to watch dribbling past players & opening up spaces for teammates with his passing but his final product was a bit disappointing. Will be gutted not to get his goals – but can seek them in the next rounds!
Kylian Mbappe (6.5) –
Mbappe almost starts this one with a bang too, getting behind the Bayern defence in the 3rd-minute but his shot from a wide-angle goes horribly wrong. Sprung past the defenders again in the 27th and found Neymar clear in the middle with a cheeky pass but unfortunately his teammate couldn’t finish it. Dribbled past a few bodies to take a shot on goal in the 42nd but it barely grazed past the goal.
Not as clinical in the counter-attacks as he was in the first leg, but Mbappe’s pace still kept Bayern’s defenders huffing & puffing as he worked hard for his side to grind out the result.
Mitchel Bakker (6.0) –
Bakker was occasionally troubled by Sane’s movement after coming on, but maintained a strong defensive shape with his fellow defenders to help PSG see out the game.
Moise Kean (N/A) –
Tried to go for the spectacular with an attempted curler to finish off a counter-attack in the 77th – 0nly for his shot to fly over. Worked hard on both sides of the pitch to ensure Bayern couldn’t outnumber his side in bodies towards the end.
Ander Herrera (N/A) –
Herrera added an extra layer of defensive cover for his side after coming on for the last few minutes and helped them see off the game.
MAN OF THE MATCH
In a game where the attackers failed to impress, it was Leandro Paredes who was excellent on both sides of the field. His passing was brilliant, he worked very hard defensively to make things difficult for Bayern & popped into all the right areas to act like PSG’s guardian angel. He deserves the MOTM for today.