Neymar and Edinson Cavani shine as PSG outclass Bayern Munich
Champions League Group B, Parc des Princes - Paris Saint-Germain 3 (Alves 2', Cavani 31', Neymar 63') Bayern Munich 0
PSG's superstars delivered a stunning performance as Bayern Munich suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat in their Champions League encounter in Paris.
The Parisians took only 88 seconds to get on the scoreboard as Neymar made a darting run into the box, laying off the ball to his compatriot Dani Alves. The full-back—who has been directly involved in 19 Champions League goals in the last five seasons—nutmegged Sven Ulreich with his finish.
Despite PSG’s early lead, Bayern enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and created plenty of chances in the first half. Javi Martinez came closest with a first-time shot from 25 yards that was tipped over the bar.
The home side’s strength, however, was their incredible pace on the break, led by the rapid movement of Kylian Mbappe. The teenager’s counter just after the 30-minute mark led to the second goal: a wonderful left-footed strike from Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has now scored in six consecutive Champions League games.
PSG grew more confident in the second half and put the game beyond reach at the hour-mark, when Kylian Mbappe fed Naymer for a tap-in. The 18-year-old enjoyed a sensational evening and deserved his standing ovation as he made way for Angel Di Maria in the closing stages.
The visitors frequently broke into the final third—they earned 17 corners—but will be disappointed with their lack of incisiveness in front of goal.
PSG now sit atop Group B having scored eight unanswered goals in their opening two matches. Bayern occupy second place, equal on points with their next opponents Celtic.
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2 - GOAL! Neymar enters the box from the left flank and plays in his Brazilian compatriot Dani Alves.
26 - CHANCE: PSG counter rapidly with Mbappe, who feeds Cavani. The Uruguayan puts a low shot across goal narrowly wide.
31 - GOAL: Mbappe breaks free on the right channel and lays off Cavani on the edge of the area. Cavani converts with a wonderful first-time right-footed shot.
49 - CHANCE: PSG immediately break from Bayern's chance and Neymar finds himself with a great chance to make it 3-0 on the right side of the area. His shot goes over; he should have done better.
62 - GOAL: Neymar taps home from a few yards out after some SENSATIONAL footwork from Mbappe. 3-0
71 - CHANCE: Alves has the ball on the edge of the box and sets up Cavani. The Uruguayan squanders his chance.
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Can PSG go deep into the competition this season?
The Parisian's encounter with Bayern was their biggest test of the season and they passed it with flying colours. Their counterattacking was breathtaking and they did everything necessary to keep the Germans from creating meaningful chances. Can Unai Emery's men now be considered as serious contenders for this competition?
PSG: Areola 8, Alves 8, Marquinhos 7, Silva 8, Kurzawa 6, Motta 6, Verratti 8, Rabiot 7, Mbappe 9, Cavani 8, Neymar 9. Subs: Lo Celso 6, Di Maria 6, Draxler 6
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Bayern Munich have lost all four of their games at the Parc Des Princes—and every match between these sides has been won by the home team.
Edinson Cavani is only the 5th player to score in 6 consecutive Champions League games.
There have been over 2.5 goals in PSG's last nine Champions League games. There have also been over 2.5 goals in nine of Bayern's last 10 continental outings.