It was supposed to be impossible and so it proved for UCL defending champions, Bayern Munich. The Bavarians could not overturn the 3-2 first-leg deficit suffered in Munich last week but they had a good go at last year’s finalists, PSG, until the very end on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes.
Hansi Flick and Bayern’s task was already harder without the services of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry and they had the speedy Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to contend with, even though they did not change their high line defensive tactic.
Just eight minutes in and the first scoring chance for Bayern was created for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting but his first touch was poor and the danger was cleared by Danilo. PSG responded as Mbappe was set free down the left but his finishing was wayward. Chances were created at every end every few minutes but Neymar came closest in the 23rd minute and a save was required from Manuel Neuer.
On 37 minutes, Neymar created another chance for himself but his flighted ball beat Neuer but not the crossbar. Two minutes later, the Brazilian hit the post when put clean through by Mbappe. Bayern was hanging on.
But a minute later, Bayern took the lead from Choupo-Moting. Keylor Navas made a save from a David Alaba shot, which ricocheted upwards and was pounced on by Choupo-Moting, who got above Presnel Kimpembe to nudge Bayern ahead. Leroy Sane could have been more clinical when he cut unto his left foot in the box but his shot was tame and straight at Navas.
Bayern came out for the second half pumped to create history and Alaba had the first shot two minutes into the second half, which needed saving from Navas. Neymar missed another golden opportunity from an Angel di Maria pass as the hour beckoned. Would PSG rue all these missed chances?
Navas had to be sharp and quick off his lines to stop Thomas Muller from getting the equaliser as the match became more frantic. Mbappe thought he had the equaliser on 80 minutes but he was ruled offside. Kingsley Coman had a chance to punish his former side in the first minute of added-on time but his header was all wrong from just inside the PSG box.
PSG held on and made their first leg 3-2 triumph count and ensured a second consecutive semi-final trip as they seek a first ever UCL triumph.
Chelsea also through after a 1-0 loss
In Seville, Thomas Tuchel’s men put up a totally professional display to hold on and go through to the semi-final for the first time in seven years despite a 1-0 loss. Porto started the better and were more aggressive in offensive areas as they pushed for an early goal. Edouard Mendy almost gifted the Portuguese an easy goal in the 11th minute as he sloppily passed straight to Corona but for quick intervention by Jorginho, who blocked for a corner kick.
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Another lapse in the Chelsea defence, this time by Ben Chilwell gave Corona a shooting chance on 27 minutes but he lashed his shot over the bar. By the end of the first half, both sides failed to register any shot on target.
Christian Pulisic had a great chance to score in the 55th minute but he could not adjust quickly to get off a good shot. There was a triple change for Porto in the 75th minute as Nanu came on for Manafa, Evanilson for Marega, and Luis Diaz came on for Corona.
When the goal arrived it was a beauty from another substitute and it was a sublime overhead kick from Mehdi Taremi in the third minute of added-on time. Chelsea made their 2-0 first leg count and they are through to the semi-final of the UCL for the first time since 2014.
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