PSG woes continue following loss to Bayern at home
Paris Saint-Germain woes continued as Bayern inflicted another loss, with Kingsley Coman scoring the only goal of the game to give Bayern Munich 1-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. Kylian Mbappe came to the rescue but a late equalizer was denied by VAR. The Ligue 1 champions have failed to move beyond the round of 16 four times in the last six seasons. Follow us to get soccer predictions today!
“It was a bit strange. I grew up at this club, in this city, I was born here, so it was difficult to celebrate but at the end we are really pleased with the victory,” Coman said. The 26-year-old French international, who also scored the winner against PSG to a 1-0 defeat in the Champions League final two and a half years ago, gave the German champion an advantage into the quarter-finals following the win. “Overall, we did a good job,” said manager Julian Nagelsmann. “We’ve taken the first step and want to follow it up by taking the second.” More football predictions here!
Bayern took control of the possession for most of the game but only until the second half were they rewarded with a goal when Coman scored through Alphonso Davies’ cross that beat Gianluigi Donnarumma. Bayern was reduced to 10 men after Benjamin Pavard was sent off. However, PSG was not able to recover from Coman’s goal and left them in doubt for the next round.
“We said we had to take the positives, it’s a two-legged tie,” Mbappé told reporters after the game. “We can’t change what happened in the first leg. We will go there to qualify. We know that there is a possibility. There is always a good possibility to qualify.” PSG tried to make an impact at the latter part but failed to convert.
Despite the loss at home, PSG fans were introduced to a new face, with Warren Zaïre-Emery becoming the youngest player to start a knockout stage game in the competition at the age of 16 years and 343 days. The midfielder was born in 2006, more than a year after the 35-year-old Messi made his Champions League debut.
Elsewhere, AC Milan beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the San Siro, with Brahim Díaz scoring an early goal enough to give the Serie A champions the advantage in its bid to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011. Meanwhile, Dortmund stunned Chelsea 1-0 and Benfica bagged an early advantage against Club Brugge following an 0-2 win away from home.
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