A strong second half saw Bayern Munich come from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the International Champions Cup.
All those who took part in this summer’s World Cup, including Neymar and champion teenager Kylian Mbappe, were not present in Austria, with PSG naming a very inexperienced side. However, despite Bayern possessing much more know how in their ranks, it was the French champions who were the better side in the first half, with Timothy Weah – son of former World Football of the Year George – finishing well to give PSG the lead at the interval.
Timothy Weah (PSG) au duel avec Josip Stanisic (Bayern) - International Champions Cup 2018
Gianluigi Buffon – making his first appearance in a PSG shirt – was much busier after the break, and was forced to pick the ball out of his net on the hour mark when Javi Martinez coasted into the box unmarked to head home a corner to draw Bayern level.
A second goal in eight minutes turned the match on its head as Renato Sanches – who spent a disastrous year at Swansea last season – caught PSG substitute goalkeeper Remy Descamps out at the near post from a free-kick to edge his side in front, before Bayern made sure of a comfortable victory as young Joshua Zirkzee found the net to make it three late on.
Are Franck Robery and Arjen Robben still the best option for Bayern? At a combined age of 69, Ribery and Robben certainly are not as sprightly as they used to be, and it showed against a young and enthusiastic PSG. Kingsley Coman certainly opened things up when he came on in the second half. Yes, a pre-season friendly means very little, but neither Robben nor Ribery offered much of a threat at all against young opponents in Austria – are they still a frontline threat?
Paris Saint-Germain's Kevin Rimane in action with Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben
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MAN OF THE MATCH
Timothy Weah. A big year could be in the offing for Tim Weah. The 19-year-old made his debut last season for the senior team, and has since gone on to become the fourth-youngest goalscorer for the U.S. national team. His pace and power were reminiscent of his famous father, and his thirst for goals could see him become a youthful option for Thomas Tuchel.
Bayern Munich v Paris St Germain - Woerthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria - July 21, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain's Timothy Weah celebrates scoring their first goal
31’ - GOAL! PSG 1-0 Bayern. What a finish from Weah - his old man would have been proud of that one! Superb assist from Kévin Rimane, as he nipped in to win the ball, clip it over the top for Weah, who raced clear, held off his man, before firing home.
47’ - CROSSBAR! Wagner gets up to head a deflected corner towards goal, but the ball cannons out off the crossbar and over the top.
60’ - GOAL! PSG 1-1 Bayern. The German champions are finally back on level terms through Javi Martinez. Great delivery from Robben, but the marking from PSG left much to be desired, as Martinez coasted in unmarked before powering a close-range header home.
Bayern Munich v Paris St Germain - Woerthersee Stadium, Klagenfurt, Austria - July 21, 2018 Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac during the match
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68’ - GOAL! PSG 1-2 Bayern. The Bundesliga champions have turned this match on its head, with Sanches finding the net. Nightmare start for Descamps! Sanches shaped to cross the free-kick into the middle, but fired for goal instead, which caught Descamps out at his near post, as the ball flew into the net.
78’ - GOAL! PSG 1-3 Bayern. Clinical from Bayern as young Joshua Zirkzee steers the ball home from close range. Great ball over the top from Coman, Gnabry is onto to it in a flash, he pulls it across from the unmarked Zirkzee, who side-foots home.