PSG beaten but top group
By D. Crossan
PSG suffered a second straight defeat in all competitions, falling 3-1 at Bayern Munich, but the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders still took top spot in UEFA Champions League Group B.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
UEFA Champions League, Matchday 5 - Group B
FC Bayern München 3-1 Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern needed to obtain a better result than the 3-0 PSG managed against them on the opening matchday and with the club from the French capital still reeling from suffering their first loss of the season at Strasbourg on Saturday this was another uncomfortable outing for Unai Emery's side. PSG fell for the second game running for the first time since December 2014 when they lost to Barcelona and Guingamp.
Although Kylian Mbappé had the first chance of the opening period the half was dominated by the home side and Bayern were good value for their two-goal lead as the visitors struggled defensively.
Bayern race into two-goal lead
Eight minutes in James Rodriguez's cross was nodded Robert Lewandowski's way and the Polish striker - played onside by Dani Alves - was able to turn on the ball and score left-footed. Neymar had a precise shot turned away brilliantly by Sven Ulreich before Jupp Heynckes' team scored the second eight minutes before half-time. PSG's defending was too passive as former Monaco man James crossed from the left and Tolisso, ex of Lyon, headed home.
Mbappé boosts PSG
Bayern had half-completed their task and memories of Barcelona in the spring came flooding back. PSG came out for the second half with different intentions and scored a gem of a goal on 50 minutes. Marco Verratti picked out Edinson Cavani and the Uruguayan cleverly chipped a cross Mbappé's way. The teenager emphatically headed the ball out of the reach of Ulreich.
Mbappé had a fine attempt saved by Ulreich as PSG pressed for an equaliser. Bayern knew they needed to score three more times and they managed one in the 69th minute. With PSG captain Thiago Silva struggling with injury, Kingsley Coman crossed from the left for fellow French international Tolisso to score his second of the game. Within seconds of the goal Thiago Silva was replaced by Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos assumed the captain's armband.
THE PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé
Mbappé was PSG's most dangerous attacker and scored his fourth goal of the Champions League season. The wonderkid starred in last season's competition for Monaco, scoring six times and now has a remarkable 10 goals in 16 Champions League appearances. At 18 years and 11 months he's the youngest player to reach double figures in the Champions League. Karim Benzema was 20 years and 10 months old when he reached that mark for OL. Mbappé could have scored another late on but was denied by the impressive Ulreich.
THE STAT: 25
Mbappé's goal took PSG on to 25 Champions League goals for the season, equalling their record for a season in the competition. Having conceded only once prior to their trip to Munich, they proceeded to ship a further three.