Paris Saint-Germain cruise past Bayern Munich
Paris Saint-Germain defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in Champions League group stage play on Wednesday. The victory leaves PSG alone at the top of Group B.
Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti selected a controversial lineup that saw superstars like Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribéry left on the bench. Bayern were also missing keeper Manuel Neuer, who is out until January with a broken foot.
According to France24, PSG took quick advantage of the absence of defenders Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, who is still regaining match fitness after an injury. An unmarked Dani Alves scored in the second minute. He put an easy shot past Neuer’s backup, Sven Ulreich.
Bayern were able to settle down after PSG’s early flurry, and they created a number of respectable chances in the first half. The best of those chances came from Javi Martínez, whose shot had to be sent over the bar by PSG keeper Alphonse Areola.
It was not the only quality save Areola had on the night. Indeed, Bayern created more good chances than the final score would indicate. Areola had to deal with a Robert Lewandowski free kick and a couple of good shots from the likes of Thomas Müller.
PSG’s second goal came courtesy of Edinson Cavani, who was assisted by Kylian Mbappé. Their third goal was poached by Neymar, who took advantage of a poorly-cleared ball. Mbappé had moved the ball into the area with an excellent feint against Martinez.
Neymar, Cavani, and Mbappé have already scored 18 goals for PSG this year.
While much of the pregame commentary had focused on the potential conflict between Neymar and Cavani, who squabbled about who should take penalties and free kicks during PSG’s match against Montpellier, there was little of that sort of drama to be had on the pitch.
This was Bayern’s worst Champions League defeat since 2015.
Celtic defeated Anderlecht in the other Group B match, 3-0.
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