It might be the beginning of a brand new knockout section within the Champions League, however it appears to be like to be the identical story for Paris Saint-Germain.
The French aspect has did not progress past the spherical of 16 4 instances within the final six seasons and could possibly be going through the identical destiny this 12 months after a 1-0 first-leg defeat in opposition to Bayern Munich on the Parc des Princes.
Kingsley Coman, who additionally condemned PSG to a 1-0 defeat within the Champions League last two and a half years in the past, scored the one purpose of Tuesday’s recreation within the French capital, placing Bayern accountable for the tie forward of the second leg in Munich on March 8.
The German champion managed possession for a lot of the contest and noticed that dominance rewarded early within the second half when Coman, unmarked within the PSG field, volleyed Alphonso Davies’ cross below Gianluigi Donnarumma.
PSG responded by bringing on star striker Kylian Mbappé, who had been carrying a thigh damage forward of the sport.
Pushing for an equalizer, Mbappé, the highest scorer within the Champions League this season, used his tempo to get behind the Bayern defensive position however had a shot saved by the face of goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
He then had the ball within the web minutes later, just for the video assistant referee to rule that Nuno Mendes was offside within the build-up.
By now, PSG had began to come back alive and Mendes was proving a full of life presence on the left wing. With six minutes remaining, the Portuguese worldwide evaded Serge Gnabry and Joshua Kimmich and located Lionel Messi free within the field, however a superb block from Benjamin Pavard denied the equalizer.
As the possibilities stored coming for PSG, Pavard was pink carded after receiving a second yellow card for a late problem on Messi. Though it made no distinction to the scoreline, it does imply the defender will miss the second leg in Munich in three weeks’ time.
“We stated we needed to take the positives, it’s a two-legged tie,” Mbappé instructed reporters after the sport. “We will’t change what occurred within the first leg. We are going to go there to qualify. We all know that there’s a risk. There may be at all times a superb risk to qualify.”
Whereas the defeat conjured up recollections of PSG’s previous shortcomings within the Champions League, followers did additionally get a glimpse into the long run with Warren Zaïre-Emery turning into the youngest participant to begin a knockout stage recreation within the competitors on the age of 16 years and 343 days.
The midfielder was born in 2006, greater than a 12 months after the 35-year-old Messi made his Champions League debut.
After defeats in opposition to Marseille and Monaco, PSG has now misplaced three matches in a row for the primary time since 2020 and faces Lille within the league on Sunday in a bid to get its season again on monitor.
Bayern, in the meantime, has received all seven of its Champions League video games this season and can really feel assured about reaching the quarterfinals forward of the second leg.
“General, we did a superb job,” stated supervisor Julian Nagelsmann. “We’ve taken step one and wish to observe it up by taking the second.”
In Tuesday’s different Champions League recreation, AC Milan defeated Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on the San Siro due to Brahim Díaz’s early purpose, giving the Italian aspect the benefit in its bid to achieve the quarterfinals for the primary time since 2011.