In a tense match on Wednesday, Bayern Munich secured their spot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by defeating Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at home. Having won the first leg 1-0, Bayern had a slight advantage going into the game. However, PSG was without their star player Neymar, who suffered an ankle injury last month and required season-ending surgery.
The match started slowly, with neither team making much progress in the first 20 minutes. Bayern’s Leon Goretzka had the first shot of the game in the 16th minute, but PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved it. However, the game eventually opened up, with Lionel Messi, Jamal Musiala, and Vitinha all having opportunities to score.
Vitinha had the best chance of the first half to score a goal, but Matthijs de Ligt made a goal-saving clearance right on the line. Bayern thought they had scored early in the second half when Eric Choupo-Moting headed the ball into the net, but the goal was disallowed because Thomas Müller was offside.
However, Choupo-Moting eventually put Bayern ahead in the 61st minute after Müller passed the ball to Goretzka, who found the striker in a wide-open position. PSG’s Marco Verratti thought he was fouled in the build-up to the goal, but replays showed that Müller won the ball fairly.
Bayern sealed the victory with a goal from second-half substitute Serge Gnabry in the 89th minute. The goal came from a counter-attack that started with a tackle by Joshua Kimmich and was finished off by Gnabry’s perfectly placed shot at the far post.
The result means that PSG’s search for their first Champions League trophy continues, while Bayern has secured their spot in the quarterfinals. It was a tough loss for PSG, who were without their star player and struggled to make an impact in the game. On the other hand, Bayern showed their experience and persistence in securing the win.