The two sides were beaten 1-0 at the Parc de Prens in their Champions League 1/16 final match on Tuesday.
Born in Paris and raised at PSG, Coman scored the only goal when Bayern beat the French team in the 2020 Champions League final, and he was again the only scorer when the German champions reached the quarterfinals.
PSG, who had lost five matches in all competitions in 2023, held firm early in the half, but were eventually stifled and unable to fight back despite Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi taking the field late in the game.
Christophe Galtier’s team now faces the prospect of a second straight loss in the March 8 final round of 16 in Munich, although the high-octane play of Mbappe, who came on as a substitute in the second half, gives them hope.
We played very well in the first 25 minutes and won the best team of the evening. It’s an important win, but there is a second game ahead, said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann.
We dominated and were aggressive in the beginning. Then they started to find depth when Mbappe came on.
We had a tough hour against a team that possessed the ball well and pressed high, Galtier said. It was a shame to concede that goal before Kylian came out, but they deserved to score.
MBAPPE BACK FROM INJURY
The stadium was abuzz when Mbappe replaced Carlos Soler, pinning hopes on the French forward to bail out PSG after his return from a two-week injury break.
Before that, Eric Choupo-Moting twice came close to doubling the score for Bayern before Gianluigi Donnarumma made a full effort to parry Benjamin Pavar’s header in the 64th minute.
Mbappe had little to offer until the 74th minute, when Yann Sommer prevented him from shooting from close range and the goal was cancelled due to offside.
Seven minutes before the end of the match, he found the ball in the net again, but he was again prevented from equalizing due to offside.
With Mbappe initially left on the bench and Messi and Marco Verratti back in the starting line-up after injuries, 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emeri, playing on the right wing in a 4-4-2 scheme designed to strengthen midfield, was the youngest player to start a Champions League match.
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Bayern scored eight minutes into the second half when Coman picked up a pass from Alfonso Davies, giving the visitors a deserved lead.
They persevered despite the loss of Pavard, who received a red card in compensatory time, and inflicted PSG’s first defeat of the season.
MILAN WON SPURSH
An early goal was enough for a troubled Milan to beat Tottenham 1-0 on Tuesday in their first Champions League elimination match in nearly 10 years.
Brahim Diaz scored in the seventh minute and gave Milan a slight lead to take it to London when the teams meet in the second match of the round of 16 on March 8.
But the rossoneri could be left in debt because of two late missed opportunities that their coach thought should have been in the net.
Two chances for Charles (De Ketelje) and Malic (Tiau) were important, I was already celebrating on the bench, said Milan coach Stefano Pioli. 2-0 would have been a better result, because we’re sure the return match will be just as close, just as difficult.
But I can’t help but be pleased with the team’s performance today.
It was a disappointing return to the San Siro for Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who suffered only his second defeat against Milan in 15 games as coach. The former Inter Milan and Juventus coach had 10 victories over the rossoneri.
I am not disappointed with the game, Conte said. Some players need to regain their confidence. But they were all determined and eager. My job is to show the players that I believe in them.
It was Tottenham’s second straight defeat since Conte returned to the team after gall bladder surgery. Spurs lost 4-1 to Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.
For Milan, this is another sign that things may be changing after a rough patch. Prior to Friday’s 1-0 win over Torino, Milan had been winless in their last seven matches, including losing their previous four matches.
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