Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe will have to wait another year for a chance to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain.
Bayern Munich held off the World Cup stars and beat PSG 2-0 on Wednesday, advancing to the quarterfinals 3-0 on aggregate.
After former PSG striker Kingsley Coman scored in the opening round of 16, Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, another former PSG player, doubled the lead and Serge Gnabry completed the scoring at the Allianz Stadium.
PSG dominated the first half and failed to take the lead only thanks to a Mattis de Ligt goal-line penalty, but Bayern regained its concentration in the second half and secured the victory.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann had previously said he had a plan to shut down Messi and Mbappe, and it appears to have worked: the Bayern defenders gradually forced them out of the game.
In the first game, we didn’t execute very well what we said before, Nagelsmann told DAZN. There was too much space. In the second half we defended better and we were dangerous on the pitch. In the end, we deserved to win.
All PSG can win this season is the French title after Marseille knocked it out of the French Cup last month.
Shortly after a goal was cancelled due to offside and after he inadvertently blocked a teammate’s shot, Choupo-Moting scored in the 61st minute to lead Bayern to the quarterfinals and send PSG, which has never won the Champions League, into the last 16 for the second straight year.
Leon Goretzka and Thomas Muller combined to take the ball away from Marco Verratti, and Goretzka passed the ball to Chupo-Moting, who just finished it into the goal when goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was stranded.
Two substitutes then combined to secure the win on a counterattack in the 89th minute as João Cancelo raced down the right flank before playing Gnabry and scoring.
The games between PSG and Bayern helped define the career of Choupo-Moting, the 33-year-old striker who until this season was known as Robert Lewandowski’s backup striker at Bayern.
Choupo-Moting played for PSG against Bayern when the German team won the 2020 Champions League final. After signing with Bayern as a free agent the following season, he scored once in eachthe match in the away defeat of PSG in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
PSG was without Neymar, who played in the first game before suffering a season-incompatible ankle injury, but he had Mbappe. who came on as a substitute in the first game, returned to the starting lineup.
The French champions pressed Bayern in midfield from the start, forcing Bayern’s defense to make rash decisions. Bayern were lucky to escape without conceding a goal when de Ligt made a desperate block on the goal line in the 36th minute to deny Vitinho’s shot on an unguarded goal. The chance came when goalkeeper Yann Sommer tried to break forward under pressure from Ahraf Hakimi, but gave the ball to Vitinho.
Swiss goalkeeper Sommer, signed to replace the injured Manuel Neuer, paid tribute to de Ligt, telling DAZN he would reward the defender with a truckload of Swiss chocolate.
I think we defended very well and found space between the lines better in the second half, Sommer said.
PSG coach Christophe Galtier blamed the loss on the team’s tight schedule and injuries to key players. The injury list lengthened when captain Marquinhos was sent off in the 36th minute with what appeared to be a recurrence of the rib pain that limited him in last week’s win over Nantes.
His substitute, Nordi Moukiele, was suspended at halftime for 17-year-old defender El Chadail Bitshiabou, who was making his Champions League debut.
We conceded a really stupid first goal at this level, Galtier said. Yes, there was pressure from Bayern, but sometimes you don’t have to shy away from playing long to overcome the pressure. When you’re behind after an hour of play, it’s hard.