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Mbappe brace helps PSG to thrilling win at Bayern Munich

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Kylian Mbappe’s brace and a goal from skipper Marquinhos guided Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to a 3-2 away win over Bayern Munich in the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Mbappe’s brace led the visitors to victory over Bayern Munich in an upside-down Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The French striker scored his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th minute on a snowy evening in the Bavarian capital.

This was after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the 37th minute and Thomas Muller on the hour mark canceled a two-goal lead at PSG.

It was Bayern Munich’s first Champions League loss in more than two years and the first in coach Hansi Flick‘s history.

He had been undefeated in his previous 16 matches in Europe’s premier club competition.

The Germans will wonder how they failed to earn at least one point with 31 scoring attempts against six, 15 PSG one-to-one corner kicks and a string of golden opportunities.

PSG knocked the hosts out in the third minute thanks to Mbappe, whose powerful low drive slipped through the legs of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The French champions were brutally efficient and scored with their second chance of the match.

That’s when Neymar picked Marquinhos with a precise cross and the PSG captain beat Neuer in the 28th minute.

Marquinos was injured immediately after scoring.

The defender’s absence dealt a blow to Mauricio Pochettino’s back line before substitute Ander Herrera could settle in.

Bayern Munich quickly took control of the game and moved closer to Muller and Choupo-Moting, who replaced injured Robert Lewandowski.

Choupo-Moting had headed to the crossbar in the second minute, but did better with another header, and Muller brought the hosts back to level, nodding on a Joshua Kimmich free kick.

Mbappe, 22, then scored again, digging at a tight angle and with two defenders in front of him to put PSG back in front.

The 2019/2020 finalists had to survive intense late pressure from Bayern Munich, with David Alaba and Muller desperately closing in on the hosts.

But they clung to victory ahead of next week’s return leg in Paris.

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