Bayern see off PSG to reach Champions League quarter-finals

On Wednesday, Bayern Munich dashed Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League hopes by beating the French club 2-0 in the second leg of the round of 16 to reach the quarter-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting, leading 1-0 in the first leg in Paris last month, gave Bayern the lead that evening at the Allianz Arena, with substitute Serge Gnabry recording the win with a minute to go.

Bayern were a worthy winner against a weak PSG team, for which neither Kylian Mbappe nor Lionel Messi had the expected impact on the game, and Neymar missed out on an ankle injury.

This is the second season in a row that PSG have been knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 and it is the fifth time in seven campaigns that the Qatari club have failed to advance beyond the first round of the play-offs.

They weren’t helped by defensive injuries as captain Marquinhos was forced off the pitch in the 36th minute with a rib problem and his replacement, Nordi Mukiele, also had to be substituted at half-time.

Vitinha could have put the French champions ahead in the first half, but Matthijs de Ligt parried his attempt from the line.

Bayern took the lead just past the hour mark, Leon Goretzka set up an unnamed “Showpo Moting” for an easy finish after Marco Verratti was forfeited in his own box.

Sergio Ramos came closest to bringing the visitors back into the game before Gnabry sealed Bayern’s win late on.

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