PSG 3 - 0 Bayern Munich: as it happened, goals, match report
PSG 3 - 0 Bayern Munich: match report
Perhaps all is well in paradise after all. Paris Saint-Germain concluded a week dominated by reports of an acrimonious atmosphere in the dressing-room by beating Bayern Munich in clinical fashion.
Dani Alves drove in the opening goal after just two minutes, and Edinson Cavani placed the second in to the top corner before half time. Neymar added a third in the second half as PSG’s attacking trident scythed through the Bayern defence. The victory leaves the Ligue 1 leaders well placed at the summit of Champions League Group B, while Bayern sit level with Celtic on three points.
It all started with a penalty. Or, at least, that was when the tension between Edinson Cavani, PSG’s leading scorer, and Neymar, PSG’s world-record signing, manifested itself publically. The pair bickered over who would shoot from 12 yards during a home victory against Lyon. Reports later emerged of widespread discontent in Unai Emery’s dressing room, as a result of expenditure on Neymar’s transfer forcing the club’s Qatari owners to place several players on the transfer list. PSG did not only need a victory to consolidate their position at the top of the group, but also to publically unite the squad, to show that they remain together in their pursuit of the Champions League.
The tension dissolved after two minutes. Neymar drifted in from the left and sucked the Bayern defence towards him, creating space for Dani Alves to canter in to at the far post. Neymar found his Brazil international team-mate, and he drove the ball beyond the onrushing Sven Ulreich.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side had their own domestic problems. Bayern let a two-goal lead slip against Wolfsburg at the weekend, and Alves’ early goal dealt another blow to their ostensibly fragile confidence. Ancelotti raised eyebrows with his decision to drop Mats Hummels and Jerome Boating in favour of Niklas Süle and Javi Martínez at the heart of the defence, yet it was his attacking selection that hurt Bayern. James, Müller, and Lewandowski are all inclined to drift inside, and that resulted in congestion in the central third of the pitch. The visitors enjoyed plenty of the ball, nearly 60 percent of it, but did not have the guile to take advantage.
Edinson Cavani emphatically doubled PSG’s lead after 31 minutes. Kylian Mbappé latched on to Dani Alves’ through ball on the right flank and showed his maturity by waiting on the ball and lifting his head to assess his position. The 18-year-old laid the ball to Cavani, who swept a glorious first-time shot in to the top corner. Neymar belatedly arrived to celebrate with his attacking accomplice.
Ancelotti introduced Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rudy at the break. While Coman added penetration on the left flank, the changes were essentially superficial. Bayern continued to dominate possession without a discernable plan of how to break down the opposition.
That approach allowed PSG to thrive on the counter attack. Mbappé, Neymar, and Cavani cavorted forward repeatedly. Two of the threesome combined to stretch the lead after 63 minutes. Mbappé received the ball in the right channel after a lung-busting burst from Dani Alves. He faced up against Alaba and shaped to shoot, but at the last moment rolled the ball from his right foot to his left and unleashed from that side. Martínez desperately blocked the ball on the line, but Neymar was alert to slam the rebound in to the roof of the net.
After their humiliating exit at the hands of Barcelona in the 2016-17 Champions League, PSG have delivered a statement of intent. The names of their front three may not encourage the formation of a catchy acronym, but they have assumed a place among the best attacking units in the world.
PSG 3 - 0 Bayern Munich: as it happened
90'+5' Full time. PSG romp to victory and take control of Group B.
90'+5' A combination of Areola's right hand and the post ensure that the free-kick doesn't creep in.
90'+4' Dani Alves concedes a free-kick 25 yards out. A last chance for Bayern to score a consolation goal. Lewandowski stands over it.
90'+3' The match is trickling towards the conclusion, which of course, is long foregone.
90' Three minutes of added time, says the fourth official's board.
89' PSG's final change sees Draxler come on for Verratti.
88' Fine save from Areola to tip Coman's low shot behind for a corner, which the 'keeper then jumps to claim.
86' Giovani Lo Celso replaces Thiago Motta for PSG.
84' Coman smiles ruefully up at the referee from the turf. He beats Dani Alves with a quick stepover, and the Brazilian catches him just outside the box. Probably a free-kick, but the referee gives nothing. There is a stoppage in play after Thiago Silva landed awkwardly from an aerial challenge.
82' A woeful pass from Thiago, who has been anonymous, breaks down a promising counter attack.
81' Rudy is rather lucky to still be on the pitch. Two minutes after his first booking, he clatters through the back of Dani Alves.
80' Neymar sends that free-kick narrowly over from 30 yards, eliticing a sharp 'ooh' from the crowd.
79' Mbappé runs off to a raucous ovasion, spinning around as he claps the crowd. Di Maria takes his place.
78' Sebastian Rudy is booked for an 'I've run out of patience now' tackle on Neymar, as the winger drifted in ominously from the left.
77' Kimmich whips a cut-back to Coman on the edge of the box, and it's a swing and a miss from the French winger.
72' Vidal directs Robben's inswinging cross towards goal, but the Chilean can't generate any power.
71' Neymar lays the ball out to Dani Alves on the right and bursts on to the near post. Unfortunately for him, Alves' cross-cum-shot is towards the far post. It evades everyone and trickles out for a goal kick.
68' Robben replaces Müller, and that's Bayern's final change.
68' Neymar stands perfectly still on the ball, on the edge of Bayern's box. He looks for a quick give-and-go but misjudges the pass and the Bundesliga side break. Lewandowski bounds down the left and towards the box. He tries a one-two with Coman and appeals for a penalty for a block from Marquinhos. The referee remains unmoved.
67' GOOOO... No! Vidal bundles Lewandowski's knock-down in to the net at the second time of asking, but the linesman's flag was up. It looked very tight.
63' GOL GOL GOL! Neymar has it this time, but it's all down to Mbappé. The teenager picks up the ball after a fine burst from Dani Alves, and shapes to shoot in front of Alaba. Mbappe then rolls the ball on to his left foot, leaving Alaba for dead, and shoots. Martínez blocks on the line, but Neymar tucks in the rebound.
61' Thiago is booked for handling the ball on the ground during a slide tackle. Neymar has another chance to deliver. He crosses this time, but Bayern head clear.
60' PSG have a free-kick 30 yards out. Neymar swings it towards the top corner, but Ulreich shuttles across his line and claims it.
58' Once again, PSG bomb forward from defending a corner. Verratti launches a long ball for Mbappé to run on to. He checks back inside the box and floats a ball to the far post. With Cavani closing in, Javi Martínez gets back to take it off his toes with a last-ditch tackle.
57' Rabiot tracks Kimmich's scurry forward and blocks his cross for a corner. The pattern of the match has been established: Bayern will apply pressure, and PSG will break on the counter attack.
54' Neymar curls a shot just wide of the far post. Mbappé was free on the outside, and passing to him would have been a better option than going for goal from the edge of the box.
52' Silva deflects Müller's cross over the bar with his head before it can get through to Lewandowski. The inswinging corner floats to the far post, and once again, Martínez meets it. This time, his header flies over.
50' Thiago Silva clears Javi Martínez' header off the line from a corner. PSG race up the other end, with Mbappé and Neymar playing the ball between each other. The Brazilian ends up with the ball at the far post, but slices his shot well wide. A really poor miss, and a frenetic start to the second 45 minutes.
49' Coman has taken his place out on the let wing, with Müller remaining on the right.
46' PSG kick off the second half.
Rudy replaces Tolisso, and Kingsley Coman enters in the place of James.
The teams are back out for the second half, and Bayern will be making a double swap.
I wouldn't be surprised if Robben and/or Ribery come on at half time. Bayern have had plenty of the ball, but are lacking incision and the abillity to convert that possession in to clear chances.
45' Half time.
45' Neymar skips past Vidal, Vidal is having absolutely none of it, and Vidal enters the referee's book for his agricultural tackle. Neymar stands over a free-kick 30 yards out, and fires the ball in to the wall.
43' Thiago Silva boots Lewandoswki's low cross out for a corner, which Areola punches clear. The captain's clearance probably landed closer to Bavaria than Paris. 'When in doubt', as they say.
41' Neymar ghosts past Kimmich on the left, but the ball is adjudged to have edged out of play. His acceleration is frightening.
36' Müller half-heartedly appeals for a penalty as his cross crashes in to Marquinhos' vague hand region from close range. The referee waves him away. Up at the other end, Cavani has a decent chance to get his second after a gorgeous, first-time back-heel from Neymar at the near post. The Brazilian's touch sends the ball in to the path of his onrushing team-mate near the penalty spot, but his left-footed shot is weak, and Ulreich manages to block it away. The match is opening up as half time approaches.
35' That's Edinson Cavani's third goal in two Champions League matches this season.
32' Neymar looked a tad reluctant to celebrate with Cavani. He exchanged high-fives with a few other team-mates before eventually joining the big team huddle.
31' GOL GOL GOL! Cavani scores a screamer! Mbappe makes a run in behind to collect Dani Alves' through ball, checks back, and lays the ball to Cavani on the edge of the box. He strokes the ball first time in to the top corner, and despite Bayern Munich's dominance, they are two goals behind.
30' James Rodríguez appears to have full license to roam for Bayern. He is operating from the left, but has been popping up all over the pitch when Bayern attack.
29' Mbappe and Cavani have switched, with the young Frenchman now occupying a central role.
27' PSG gallop forward on the counter attack. Mbappe, Cavani, and Neymar surge forward like an ominous trident. The Uruguayan shoots from 25 yards, through the legs of Javi Martínez, but drags the ball wide of Ulreich's far post.
25' Alaba battles well with Alves, and then Marquinhos just outside the box. The Bayern man comes out on top and rolls the ball wide to Lewandowski, continuing his run to the near post. The Polish striker fizzes a ball across the box, which Alaba just fails to turn in with his thigh.
23' Yellow card for Joshua Kimmich, for a scything, cynical foul to bring Cavani to a halt on the counter attack. The ball rolled onwards to Mbappe and the Spanish referee played a good advantage. Mbappe spread the ball out to Neymar, through on goal on the left, but a heavy first touch carried the ball through to Ulreich. A clear-cut chance goes begging for the home side.
22' Tolisso spins a lovely pass out to Alaba with the outside of his boot. The left-back flicks his head up, and sends and early cross in to Lewandowski at the near post. His header falls straight in to Areola's hands.
19' Fantastic, flying save from Alphonse Areola to deny Javi Martínez. Silva heads a corner to Lewandowski on the edge of the box, and he lays the ball first time to Martínez. The former-Athletic player thrashes the ball with the outside of his right boot, and it looks to be spinning in to the top corner before the 'keeper tips it over the bar. Bayern have been by far the better side since conceding that early goal.
18' A lack of communication between Areola and Thiago Silva almost allows Lewandowski to sneak between the pair and nab the ball in the box. The PSG captain takes the initiative and puts the ball high in to the crowd.
16' Müller is back on the pitch, and he 'boxes Neymar in' at the back. The Brazilian tries to dribble his way out of trouble, but the Bayern No. 25 manages to poke his foot in. It goes behind for a goal kick.
15' Thomas Müller has a pair of physios crowded around him on the touchline. It looks like he's receiving treatment on his knee. Kingsley Coman is warming up.
12' Sloppy defending from Emery's chaps allows Müller to clip a snap-shot in to the side netting. He meets Kimmich's early ball at the near post, and attempts to divert the ball in to that near corner. No joy, but a warning sign to PSG.
11' James Rodríguez whips a gorgeous, inviting cross through the six-yard box, which forces Rabiot to knee the ball behind at the far post. Martínez nods the subsequent corner on to Müller, but his headed effort bobbles back across goal and PSG clear.
8' Joshua Kimmich chips a delightfully-weighted ball over the full-back and in to Müller's feet. He tries to cut the ball across goal, but it's behind Lewnadowski in the centre. When PSG regain possession, Neymar shows a silky bit of skill to spin away from Corentin Tolisso, Bayern's record signing.
6' The first foul goes in PSG's favour, with Tolisso tripping Verratti half way inside the Bayern half. The home side play a short, sideways ball and recycle possession.
6' Thiago Motta is holding the midfield for PSG, and doing a very nice job of it. Efficient in possession and niggly without the ball.
4' The crowd gasp momentarily as Neymar almost steals the ball from Kimmich.The youngster holds him off, and rolls the ball back to Ulreich.
2' GOOOOOOOOL! Dani Alves opens the scoring in Paris with a low drive from well inside the box. Neymar cuts in from the left and draws the Bayern defence across towards him, that creates space for Alves, and despite Sven Ulreich rushing off his line, the gallivanting full-back finds a gap and finds the net. What a start for the hosts.
1' Bayern Munich get us underway in Paris!
Thomas Müller and Thiago Silva are the captains this evening.
The Champions League music is filtering out in the Paris night sky. Phwoaaar, goosebumps. It never fails.
There is clearly a lot of warmth between Carlo Ancelotti and the members of the PSG squad who played under the Italian before 2013. A hug and a few words from Thiago Silva, among others.
The teams are gathering in the tunnel, with Bayern wearing a rather questionable dark blue and red top that looks like its colours have run in the wash. Out in the stands, a sea of flags are waving behind the goal where the most vociferous bunch of PSG supporters are housed.
Bayern Munich last visited Paris 16 years ago yesterday. The Bavarians lost 1-0, but ended up winning the quarter-final on aggregate.
The referee this evening hails from Valencia, and his name is Mateu Lahoz.
The travelling German fans have taken their places in the Parc des Princes.
Robert Lewandowski will, as ever, be a dangerous threat for Bayern Munich. The Polish striker has already notched 12 goals in 11 matches so far this season.
Both teams have faced problems in the goalkeeping position. Manuel Neuer is out with a(nother) foot injury, which leaves Sven Ulreich between the sticks for Bayern. The 29-year-old made an error that led to a goal at the weekend as the Bavarians allowed a 2-0 lead to slip against Wolfsburg. For PSG, Kevin Trapp has dropped out of the team, with academy-product Alphonse Areola taking his place this season.
Speaking of Arjen Robben, the Dutch flyer aimed a dig at PSG in the lead up to this match, saying that "money doesn't score goals". Given that PSG have scored 21 goals in seven Ligue 1 matches this season, and that Bayern are in a different financial league to the rest of the Bundesliga, that comment can be filed firmly in the 'inflammatory nonsense' draw.
Bayern have both Robben and Ribery available to come off the bench, as well as Kingsley Coman. Ancelotti has real options to change the complexion of the match if it is not going Bayern's way. With his starting XI, it looks like Alaba and Kimmich will be providing width from the full-back positions.
Here's the full run-down on the team news this evening.
The talking point from the team news is that Carlo Ancelotti has opted to leave Mats Hummels on the bench and Jerome Boateng out all together, with Süle and Martínez favoured in the heart of the visiting defence.
Bayern XI: Ulreich; Kimmich, Süle, Martínez, Alaba; Vidal, Thiago, Tolisso; Müller, Lewandowski, James.
PSG XI: Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Kurzawa; Motta, Verratti, Rabiot; Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar.
This evening's fixture is a return to one of Carlo Ancelotti's former clubs. The Italian took charge of PSG in 2011 when the Qatari riches arrived on the banks of the Seine. He remained until 2013, winning the 2012-13 Ligue 1 title. Ancelotti move on to Real Madrid, before taking over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern.
PSG boast an extraordinary home record in European competition. Since losing to Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup, Les Parisiens have lost just one of their last 43 matches in their own back yard. That defeat was inflicted by Barcelona in the 2014-15 Champions League quarter-finals.
With a little over two hours until kick off in Paris, it's time to sprinkle this live feed with some good, wholesome statistics... PSG and Bayern hve faced each other six times in the Champions League, with three wins for each side.
All eyes will be on Neymar, and Cavani for that matter tonight, after it was revealed that a dinner that was meant to reconcile the squad after 'penalty-gate' had the kind of atmosphere you tend to see at funerals. There is sure to be even more scrutiny poured on the already delicate situation and Neymar's salary has been leaked ahead of the clash. The most expensive player in the world has not yet received the backing from the squad to do what he likes but the money PSG are dishing out on him suggest he might win in the long run.
PSG suffered their first "blip" of the 2017/18 campaign last Saturday, failing to find the target for the first time all season in a 0-0 draw away to Montpellier. Here's how the Ligue 1 action panned out at the Stade de la Mosson.
Details have emerged of the salary earned by Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who joined the Ligue 1 club in a world-record, 222-million-euro transfer from LaLiga side Barcelona this summer. Der Spiegel has published the salary details which were uncovered by Football Leaks.
Once again PSG were in the spotlight again this week after it was revealed by Spanish daily EL Pais that after lobbying from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus, UEFA threatened the French club with expulsion from the 2018/19 Champions League.
Bayern Munich's Dutch international Arjen Robben has upped the ante ahead of Wednesday's big game as they travel to super-spending Paris Saint-Germain saying "money doesn't score goals".
Hello and welcome to our build-up ahead of the intriguing contest from the French capital as Paris Saint-Germain welcome Bayern Munich with kick-off at 20:45 CEST.
PSG vs Bayern Munich live stream online: preview
Paris Saint-Germain host Bayern Munich in Group B of the Champions League, with both clubs seeking to build upon positive results in the first round of matches.
The simmering atmosphere at Parkhead proved no obstacle to PSG, who cantered past Celtic by a scoreline of 5-0. Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern beat Anderlecht 3-0 in Bavaria. With the two sides evenly poised, the winner of this match will grasp control of the group.
PSG latest news
A cloud of acrimony hangs over the Parc des Princes. Beneath the veneer of a star-studded squad and a commanding start to the Ligue 1 season, reports state that friction between world-record signing Neymar and leading-scorer Edinson Cavani has affected the dressing room.
PSG dropped their first points of the domestic season with a 0-0 draw against mid-table Montpellier at the weekend, and Unai Emery will be eager to respond with a victory. The club have had their PR machine firing on all cylinders to deny that there is a rift within the dressing room, but nothing would put the matter aside like a convincing victory against the Bundesliga champions.
Unai Emery has a relatively clean bill of health, with Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore the only absentee.
The Champions League is the hitherto elusive desire of PSG's Qatari owners. The French team were on the humiliating end of the biggest comeback in the history of the competition last season. Having won 4-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 against Barcelona, Les Parisiens conspired to lose 6-1 in Camp Nou.
Bayern Munich latest news
By their own extremely high standards, Bayern have made an inauspicious start to the Bundesliga season. The reigning champions find themselves in third place, behind Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim. In their last outing, Ancelotti's side allowed Wolfsburg to salvage a 2-2 draw despite having been losing 2-0.
Bayern will be without Manuel Neuer due to a broken foot, meaning Sven Ulreich will continue in goal. The pressure will be on the back-up 'keeper, as his error led to one of Wolfsburg's goals. Juan Bernat is also unavailable, while Thiago and David Alaba face a race to be fit.
The visitors will be hoping for better performances away from home that in the 2016-17 Champions League group stage. Last year, Bayern picked up just three points on the road, winning at PSV Eindhoven by losing at Atlético Madrid and FC Rostov.
PSG vs Bayern Munich live stream online: possible line-ups
Possible PSG XI: Trapp; Alves, Marquinhos, Silva, Yuri; Motta, Rabiot, Verratti; Neymar, Cavani, Mbappé.
Possible Bayern XI: Ulreich; Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha; Vidal, Tolisso; Robben, Müller, Ribery; Lewandowski.
PSG vs Bayern Munich live stream online: match odds and betting
The two sides last met in September 2000, with PSG beating Bayern 1-0 at Parc des Princes courtesy of a late goal from Laurent Leroy.
If you think it will be the same scoreline this time around, a 1-0 home win is priced at 13/1.
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