Mbappé during PSG-Bayern in the quarter-final of the Champions League -
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At the Parc des Princes,
At the Parc des Princes,
PSG is holding its semi-final!
Beaten (0-1) despite a freighter of clear opportunities and two posts, the Parisians were able to resist throughout the second period not to concede a second goal which would have left them with immense regret.
They were hot, but they had the skin of the title holder.
An unbreathable match
As against Barça in the previous round, PSG managed to scare themselves despite their advantage acquired in the first leg.
The fault, unlike the match in Munich, a hair-pulling lack of realism.
It started with Mbappé in the 3rd minute, and then Neymar took over, we'll come back to that.
Result, Bayern, not very bad until then, took the advantage just before the break thanks to Choupo-Moting (who else?) And the Parisians spent the entire second half under the threat of a goal who would have eliminated them.
We can recognize them for having managed the thing well, never giving in to panic even if the last ten minutes seemed interminable.
We will say that it would not have been funny otherwise.
Neymar, bright and cursed
He took a few minutes to warm up, and then the Germans never saw him again.
He was the Neymar of the great evenings, serial back debtor with dribbles and changes of pace of which only he is capable.
But, and this is unfortunately the main thing, he missed everything in the finish.
The fault was bad luck, when he found the bar after a genius hook then the post in the space of two minutes (37th and 39th);
in Neuer, released quickly while Mbappé had served the caviar (28th);
and a few centimeters missing after a big job from Di Maria (53rd).
Tell us you saved them for the halves, Ney.
PSG changes status
We can discuss as much as we want on the content of the four matches delivered by PSG in this knockout phase, the result is there: he eliminated Barça and Bayern, two European monsters who total 11 Champions Leagues of their own. of them.
That's what gives you a team.
Some were choosy in front of the course during the Final 8, no one will say this time that the Parisians benefit from special and favorable circumstances.
Paris is growing, that's for sure.
But let's hope this is still just the start.
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