PSG shows 'fight' to stun Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal
April 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Paris Saint-Germain showed both style and substance in its epic Champions League quarterfinal win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
(CNN)Paris Saint-Germain showed both style and substance in its epic Champions League quarterfinal win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Despite falling to a 1-0 defeat in the second leg, PSG secured its place in this year's semifinals on away goals (3-3 on aggregate) and showed a maturity perhaps missing in past campaigns.
Those questions were answered emphatically against Bayern as PSG stood up to everything the reigning European champion threw at them, adding pragmatism to its tricks and flicks.
Bayern miss Lewandowski
With all the money spent at PSG in recent years, its Qatari owners expect the team to win the Champions League soon.
Managers -- and players -- have come and gone as the club looks for the perfect winning formula and the celebrations at full-time on Tuesday were telling.
Neymar, who despite hitting the woodwork twice in the first half was talismanic throughout, was visibly fired up and appeared to celebrate with teammate Leandro Paredes right in the face of Bayern's Joshua Kimmich, something he later said was purely accidental.
It meant Bayern's attack was led by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting who, despite scoring the only goal of the second leg, cannot be classed in the same category as a superstar like Lewandowski.
He seemed more than happy for Bayern to dominate possession for much of the tie and backed his defensive players to do the leg work -- a task made more difficult by the injury to captain Marquinhos.
Sucking Bayern in made space for PSG to spring counter-attacks which created an exciting spectacle for the neutrals to watch.
Now, with Bayern eliminated, the tournament looks wide open and PSG will be confident having knocked out the champions.
By adding grit to the glitz, this could be the year PSG finally clinch the coveted Champions League -- a trophy its owners are so desperate to have.