Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain – Stats and Live Scores
Despite their star-studded lineup, PSG’s recurring UCL failures were on display once again as they fell to a convincing Bayern Munich victory, marking the fifth time in seven seasons they’ve been eliminated at the last 16 stage.
Bayern Munich’s strategic decision to cede early possession paid off in their first-leg victory against PSG, as the Parisians struggled to create chances after losing their captain Marquinhos to injury, leaving manager Christophe Galtier with a difficult task in breaking their last 16 curse.
In Bayern’s dominant display against PSG, Leon Goretzka effectively shut down Lionel Messi’s influence, while Gianluigi Donnarumma made key saves, including denying Jamal Musiala, to keep the scoreline respectable; however, a moment of recklessness from Yann Sommer nearly handed PSG a lifeline, only for Matthijs De Ligt’s heroic goal-line clearance to maintain Bayern Munich advantage.
The VAR’s controversial decision to disallow Bayern’s goal left coach Julian Nagelsmann seething, while Marco Verratti’s costly mistake led to a goal from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting against his former team, securing a crucial advantage for the Rekordmeister in their quest to reach the Champions League quarterfinals.
Bayern Munich’s Yann Sommer proved his worth in defending the lead against PSG, making a fabulous save to deny Sergio Ramos’ header. Despite an erratic PSG side’s attempts at a comeback, Serge Gnabry’s goal in the 90th minute after a lethal counterattack put the tie to bed. Bayern’s impressive track record in the competition, having won all eight games this term and remaining unbeaten at the Allianz Arena in all competitions for over a year, establishes them as a formidable force in the Champions League.