Champions League: Defending champions Bayern Munich knocked out, PSG reach semi-final on away goals

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Paris St Germain reached the Champions League semi-finals contempt a 1-0 location decision by defending champions Bayern Munich connected Tuesday arsenic they progressed connected distant goals aft a 3-3 aggregate effect successful a thriller that was connected a weapon borderline until the last whistle.

Bayern striker Eric Choupo-Moting scored the lone extremity earlier the interval but it was not capable to overturn the German side's 3-2 nonaccomplishment successful past week's quarter-final archetypal leg.

After losing 1-0 to Bayern successful past year's final, PSG present stands 1 measurement distant from their 2nd last of its 51-year past and remains connected people to triumph it for the archetypal time. PSG are entering the Champions League semi-final for the 3rd time.

Mauricio Pochettino's PSG got ore than 1 accidental to seal a triumph successful 2nd limb arsenic good but lacked efficiency, with Neymar hitting the woodwork doubly and Kylian Mbappe's velocity proving pugnacious to grip but with nary extremity product.

PSG kept their composure successful a nerve-wrecking finale to publication a last-four spot against Manchester City oregon Borussia Dortmund, who play connected Wednesday.

Bayern yet paid for the lack of injured talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski and guardant Serge Gnabry, who had tested affirmative for COVID-19, portion PSG managed to unrecorded without skipper Marquinhos and influential midfielder Marco Verrati.

"Normally, my squad has truthful overmuch prime successful the last third, but contiguous they were lacking that last punch. We person to judge that, adjacent though we would person liked a antithetic outcome," said Bayern manager Hansi Flick who added that helium would determine connected his aboriginal astatine the nine astatine the extremity of the season

"Now we're successful the semi-finals and we tin imagination big," said Neymar.

Pochettino added, "We were precise focused. It was a truly pugnacious lucifer I'm truly blessed due to the fact that the players merit large credit. To triumph and suffice for the semi-finals is an astonishing infinitesimal for us."

COUNTER THREAT

PSG's location signifier has been a origin for interest this season, but this clip they did not frost and proved highly unsafe connected the interruption passim the match.

Without the injured Marquinhos, Danilo started alongside Presnel Kimpembe successful cardinal defence for the French champions portion Bayern were besides without Leon Goretzka successful the midfield.

Bayern applied the unit aboriginal connected but PSG threatened connected the antagonistic with Mbappe and Neymar having the aboriginal chances successful an error-strewn start.

The visitors had their archetypal effort successful the 25th infinitesimal erstwhile Leroy Sane's curled abbreviated from extracurricular the container went conscionable wide.

PSG came past adjacent connected a speedy interruption arsenic Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer denied Neymar successful a one-on-one aft the Brazilian had been recovered unmarked by Mbappe.

Neymar was astatine it again 3 times successful a fistful of minutes with a almighty changeable that Neuer deflected onto his post, a superb curled effort that crashed against the barroom and different effort that deed the station aft helium was played done by Mbappe.

But Bayern past went successful beforehand arsenic Choupo-Moting headed location aft PSG keeper Keylor Navas deflected David Alaba's changeable into the way of the erstwhile PSG player, giving the German champions the pb connected the nighttime 5 minutes earlier the break.

PSG went adjacent again aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional erstwhile the fantabulous Angel Di Maria controlled Mbappe's transverse and sent the shot past a flying Neuer crossed the extremity lone for Neymar's agelong to travel up inches abbreviated arsenic helium tried to descent it home.

Mbappe thought helium had equalised successful the 78th infinitesimal aft being played done by Neymar from conscionable wrong Bayern's half, but a VAR reappraisal confirmed Italian referee Daniele Orsato's determination to regularisation it retired for offside.

Flick's squad created information successful the container repeatedly successful the closing stages but the location defence held steadfast arsenic PSG avenged past year's 1-0 last decision by Bayern.

(with input from Reuters)