And PSG reaches the last four of the Champions League. For the third time in its history (after 1995 and 2020), at the end of a return match lost despite common sense (0-1), this Tuesday, April 13, after a first leg won against all logic (3-2 ). Go figure it out. This is how football is made, which can be unpredictable, overwhelming, overwhelming.
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The opponent of the evening does not have to grasp everything either. Bayern Munich had colossally dominated the first duel in Bavaria, bombarding the goal of the Parisians (31 shots), but mostly stumbling against the imperial goalkeeper Keylor Navas. German superiority was frightening even if poorly rewarded, and gave rise to fear of a PSG passed through the rolling mill as a revenge at the Parc des Princes. The specialists promised the worst suffering to PSG, did not want to know anything about the statistics guaranteeing it a 95% chance of qualifying, betting big on a Bayern for two years considered the best team in the world.
Bayern under the snuffer
Result? Quite the reverse. The German ogre had to eat everything, but throughout the first half was eaten on the lawn. The Parisians lined up the chances, Neymar hitting three times on the amounts of the German goal in less than ten minutes. And yet, at the break, it was Bayern who led in the score, on a goal from the former Parisian Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. As if the actors had exchanged the costumes of the first leg.
The second half would she finally prove to be in line with forecasts, with PSG forced to contain the incessant German assaults? Not quite yet. Bayern proved less oppressive than a week earlier, and the Parisians came close to placing a few fatal banderillas. In this second duel, their defeat is unfair, their qualification justified. Mastery was finally on their side, to everyone’s surprise. But this is perhaps the flagship asset of this PSG: illegible, spinning for his opponents. Bayern can bite their fingers. As well as it is, the machine has proved incapable of solving the Parisian enigma.
A message for Neymar and Mbappé
PSG sign for once a real feat. “We are also a great team, and we showed it this evening”, plastered a Neymar all smiles after the meeting. In fact, we do not erase Barcelona and Bayern in quick succession by taking advantage of a happy coincidence. The European campaign this year may silence the skeptics who were further undermining the club’s performance due to a run made last year under special circumstances.
Access to the last continental square above all preserves the future. The bright future at PSG also depends on the current negotiations on the extension of the contracts of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, which expire in June 2022. If with the Brazilian playing master the affair seems rather well underway, the suspense remains whole concerning the. tricolor striker. Then the president of the club Nasser Al-Khelaïfi hurried to answer a question on the subject Tuesday evening: ” They have no excuses to leave, because we have everything to win the Champions League here now ”. The message got through. There are still two games left to give it its full weight.