Paris Saint-Germain secure a huge result to defeat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash this evening.
Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos steered the French side into a 2-0 lead, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller responded for the hosts.
However, Mbappe notched his second of the night on a brisk counter, securing a precious third away goal in the process.
He tore Barcelona apart in the last round, a stunning hat-trick that put Europe on alert, and here again he netted twice to take him past Thierry Henry’s goal record in the knockout stages.
How fortunate Mauricio Pochettino is to have the Frenchman spearheading his attack.
‘This is a superb team performance,’ Mbappe said. ‘I was able to profit from everyone else’s work.
We are only at half-time in this huge clash. We will attack the second the leg with the same determination.’
Neymar clipped a ball over the top of a Bayern defence at sea following the breakdown of a set-piece it was as if time froze.
There was Marquinhos, no-one around him, controlling with aplomb before firing past a helpless Neuer.
A lot has changed in 227 days. Thomas Tuchel, PSG’s boss then, is at Chelsea.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who scored Bayern’s first, left PSG and there was no Robert Lewandowski to scare the life out of the Parisian backline.
Two shots for the visitors and two goals. The memories of Barcelona quickly came flooding back. In the end it was six shots, five on target in PSG’s favour.
Bayern huffed and puffed, 31 shots to finish, 12 of which on target at Keylor Navas and only two breached him. How they missed Lewandowski.
Bayern had to respond and Hansi Flick did so, hauling off Leon Goretzka for the pace and power of Alphonso Davies.
The impact was instant and freed up Benjamin Pavard on the other wing to give Bayern a lifeline, his cross finding the head of Choupo-Moting.
It took Flick time to piece it all together but Jerome Boateng was next, on for Niklas Sule, and Bayern soon found a rhythm. Thomas Muller, who missed a huge chance early, nodding in Bayern’s second.
It’s advantage PSG heading into the second leg of the contest next week.
Bayern are next in action on Saturday in the Bundesliga at home to Union Berlin. PSG face Strasbourg on the road in Ligue 1 on the same day.