Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Neymar Jr put in a performance to make Europe sit up and take notice as Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Parc des Princes on a famous UEFA Champions League night.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
UEFA Champions League Group B, Matchday 2
Parc des Princes
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 FC Bayern München
PSG were clinical as they took apart the German champions, finding space at will on the counter to spoil Carlo Ancelotti’s return to the club he coached for 18 months, winning the 2012-2013 Ligue 1 Conforama title.
Neymar’s return from a big toe injury paid instant dividends as he set up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves for a second-minute opener. The world’s most expensive player beat a couple of Bayern defenders before crossing for the right-back to beat Sven Ulreich, the stand-in for the injured Manuel Neuer.
Alphonse Areola made a good save from Javi Martinez and Bayern saw plenty of the ball before PSG doubled their lead just past the half-hour with a gem of a goal. Mbappé, 18, created it with a great thrust down the right and a low ball that Cavani finished first-time into the top corner.
Neymar set up Cavani for a great chance four minutes later but the forward didn’t catch his left-footed shot well enough. Early in the second half Thiago Silva cleared a Javi Martinez header off the line. PSG broke and another Mbappé surge set up Neymar for a chance that he spurned. Soon after Neymar curled one from the edge of the box narrowly wide.
Neymar’s finishing had been uncharacteristically wasteful until he scored Paris’ third shortly after the hour-mark. Mbappé skillfully carried the ball past David Alaba and his low cross was deflected by Javi Martinez Neymar’s way. The former Barcelona man couldn’t miss.
Bayern had the ball in the back of the net only for Arturo Vidal’s goal to be disallowed as the Chilean was offside when he latched onto Robert Lewandowski’s knockdown. Neymar had an opportunity to add the gloss to the scoreline before Mbappé was substituted to a richly-deserved standing ovation.
Bayern had been outclassed and this success enhanced PSG’s prospects of topping their section as they built on the promise of the opening-day romp at Celtic.
THE PLAYER: Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan’s lovely finish made him only the fifth player to score in six straight UEFA Champions League matches. The others to have achieved the feat are Marouane Chamakh, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Cristiano Ronaldo and Burak Yilmaz.
THE STAT: 4
PSG have won all four of their home games against Bayern Munich. The aggregate scoreline over those four matches at the Parc des Princes is PSG 9 Bayern Munich 1. The previous meeting in the French capital