PSG vs Bayern Munich preview: Can CL holders rally for victory?

Team news, stats, kick-off time ahead of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between PSG and Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Team news

PSG suffered in the Champions League quarter-final first leg with Bayern Munich boasting 31 attempts on goal, but Mauricio Pochettino’s team were ruthless up front with Kylian Mbappe scoring a double.

They will, however, be without captain Marquinhos after the centre back picked up an adductor muscle injury in the first leg.

Pochettino said he would not start the game and later on Monday Marquinhos was not included in the squad.

Marquinhos celebrates scoring for PSG against Bayern Munich
Marquinhos scored in the first leg, but will be missing on Tuesday

Marco Verratti is eligible following a week-long isolation after being infected by COVID-19 while on international duty, but he is also unlikely to start. Italy full-back Alessandro Florenzi also tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return from international duty and will be assessed ahead of the game.

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Bayern Munich remain without their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski. Manager Hansi Flick said Lewandowski, who has trained for the first time since sustaining a knee injury last month, would not make the trip to Paris.

However, Leon Goretzka, Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng and Kingsley Coman are available for the game, but Corentin Tolisso and winger Serge Gnabry remain sidelined.

The winner will face either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

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Marquinhos celebrates with PSG team-mates after scoring against Bayern Munich
PSG are aiming for another Champions League semi-final
  • Paris SG picked up a 3-2 win in the first leg away to Bayern Munich, while they have won all four of their previous games in which they’ve hosted the German side in European competition (all four in the UEFA Champions League between 1994 and 2017).
  • Bayern Munich will be looking to progress from a UEFA Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg for the first time since 2014-15 (v FC Porto in the quarter-finals) – the German side have been eliminated in each of the last four instances when losing the first leg, with all four coming in consecutive seasons between 2014-15 and 2017-18.
  • Only three of the last 50 teams to lose the first leg at home in a UEFA Champions League knockout tie have managed to progress, however one of these three did come against Paris SG in 2018-19, with Manchester United eliminating them in the Last 16.
  • Paris SG became the first team to beat Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick in 17 games in the UEFA Champions League. The German side haven’t failed to win both legs of a knockout tie in the competition since the 2018-19 season, doing so against Liverpool in the Last 16 under Niko Kovac (D1 L1).
  • After losing his first knockout tie as a manager in the UEFA Champions League – in a 3-4 aggregate defeat to Juventus in the Last 16 in 2017-18 – Paris SG boss Mauricio Pochettino is now looking to win his fifth straight two-legged knockout tie in the competition.
  • Kylian MbappĂ© has scored eight goals in eight appearances for Paris SG in the UEFA Champions League this season, and could set a new record for most goals by a French player in a single UEFA Champions League campaign, overtaking David Trezeguet in 2001-02 and Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 (both eight).
  • Kylian MbappĂ© will be looking to score in four consecutive UEFA Champions League knockout appearances for the second time in his career, having previously done so in his first four such games for Monaco in 2017. He would be the first player to score in four consecutive knockout games for Paris SG in the competition.
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has scored in each of his last two UEFA Champions League games for Bayern Munich (two goals), just one fewer than he managed in his first 22 games in the competition, and one more than he managed in 10 such outings for Paris SG.


Euro: Ibrahimovic red after two assists | Mbappe scores again

Zlatan Ibrahimovic set up two first-half goals but was sent off for dissent as his AC Milan side earned a 3-1 win at Parma in Serie A on Saturday.

Milan eased into a comfortable two-goal lead at the break thanks to goals from Ante Rebic in the eighth minute – a strike that was brilliantly set up by Ibrahimovic – and a fine Franck Kessie finish on the stroke of half-time.

The visitors’ task became much more difficult just before the hour mark, however, as out of the blue, Ibrahimovic was given a straight red card for something he said to the referee, much to the Swede’s bemusement.

What Ibrahimovic said to receive his eighth dismissal in Europe’s top-five leagues is unclear, as he did not even appear to be close to the referee when he brandished the red card, but it changed the complexion of the game.

Riccardo Gagliolo got Parma back into the match six minutes later, but Rafael Leao added a late third for second-placed Milan as Stefano Pioli’s team closed the gap to Inter Milan to eight points, with the league leaders facing Cagliari on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Spezia scored two goals in the dying minutes to complete a comeback and beat bottom side Crotone 3-2. Udinese face Torino in Saturday’s late fixture.

Bundesliga: Bayern held, Dortmund win late on

Bayern Munich celebrate after Jamal Musiala's goal
Bayern Munich celebrate after Jamal Musiala’s goal

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home against Union Berlin after conceding an 86th-minute equaliser through Marcus Ingvartsen to see their lead at the top cut to five points with six games left.

Teenager Jamal Musiala had put a second-string Bayern team ahead in the 68th minute, picking up a Thomas Muller pass and weaving past three players in the box before firing home.

The Bavarians, missing nine players through injury or illness including top striker Robert Lewandowski and winger Serge Gnabry, dominated possession but let their guard down four minutes from full-time, allowing Ingvartsen to bundle in a cut-back.

Borussia Dortmund teenager Ansgar Knauff fired in an 80th-minute winner for his first professional goal to give his team a 3-2 victory at Stuttgart and maintain their slim hopes of a top-four finish.

Germany youth international Knauff, in his third league appearance, picked up the ball on the edge of the box and audaciously threaded his shot past two defenders and the goalkeeper to secure the win that lifted Dortmund to 46 points in fifth place.

Erling Haaland congratulates Ansgar Knauff on his winning goal
Erling Haaland congratulates Ansgar Knauff on his winning goal

Goals from Jude Bellingham and Marco Reus in the 47th and 52nd minutes gave Dortmund, who host Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final second leg next week, a 2-1 lead after the hosts had gone in front thanks to Sasa Kalajdzic’s looping first-half header.

Daniel Didavi then fired in a 78th-minute equaliser for Stuttgart but their joy lasted only two minutes when the 19-year-old Knauff snatched the winner.

Bayern are now on 65 points, five ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig, who beat Werder Bremen 4-1 away. Eintracht Frankfurt tightened their hold on fourth place with a 4-3 home win over third-placed Wolfsburg.

Hertha Berlin could only draw 2-2 with Borussia Monchengladbach, despite playing most of the game with a player advantage after goalkeeper Yann Sommers early sending off for the visitors.

Ligue 1: Mbappe scores again in PSG win

Kylian Mbappe scored and assisted for PSG on Saturday
Kylian Mbappe scored and assisted for PSG on Saturday

Kylian Mbappe completed a remarkable week as he scored one and set up another to inspire Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-1 win at Racing Strasbourg as the French champions reduced Lille’s Ligue 1 lead to three points on Saturday.

The France striker, who scored twice in PSG’s 3-2 win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals earlier this week, opened the scoring with Pablo Sarabia, Moise Kean and Leandro Paredes also on the scoresheet to put the capital side on 66 points from 32 games.

PSG, who host Bayern in the return leg at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, lead third-placed Monaco by four points before the principality team host bottom club Dijon on Sunday. Lille beat Metz 2-0 away on Friday.


Mbappe double hands sensational PSG win at Bayern

Kylian Mbappe’s double in a performance of real endeavour saw Paris Saint-Germain earn a surprise 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at holders Bayern Munich.

Mbappe’s opener was fumbled by Manuel Neuer into the bottom corner with less than three minutes on the clock at a snow-covered Allianz Arena, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side threw themselves at everything from first whistle to last in a match of incredible tempo and intensity.

They doubled their advantage before half-time after Bayern switched off from a corner and left Marquinhos to turn Neymar’s ball forward beyond Neuer, although the PSG captain was injured in the process and forced off moments later.

Eric Choupo-Moting pulled a goal back with the interval approaching from Benjamin Pavard’s cross with another, from Joshua Kimmich, allowing Thomas Muller to head past Keylor Navas and level up on the hour mark.

Neymar and Mbappe had caused real problems when allowed to combine and punished Bayern again for PSG’s third eight minutes later, with the latter’s disguised finish inside Neuer’s near post giving the French side a sensational first-leg advantage – and three away goals – ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Parc des Princes.

In the process, they stopped Bayern setting a new club record of 20 European Cup games without defeat, by inflicting their first in the Champions League since Liverpool won 3-1 at the Allianz Arena in March 2019.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich host Union Berlin on Saturday; kick-off at 2.30pm.

PSG, having been knocked off the top of Ligue 1 by Lille last weekend, visit Strasbourg on Saturday; Kick-off at 4pm.