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Bayern Munich dump PSG out of Champions League

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Bayern Munich beat Paris St. Germain on Wednesday 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Goals from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Serge Gnabry gave Bayern a two-goal victory in their home tie, winning 3-0 on aggregate. 

Cameroon striker Choupo-Moting, who played for PSG from 2018-20, tapped in from a Leon Goretzka assist to open the scoring in the 61st minute.

Mueller robbed the ungainly Verratti in the box, clipped the ball to Leon Goretzka, who squared for Choupo-Moting to double his side’s two-legged advantage.

Substitute Serge Gnabry scored at the last minute to clinch a 3-0 aggregate victory for the six-time European champions.

 Sadio Mané looked to have scored a third for the home side in injury time, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

The best chance of a tight opening half fell to PSG’s Vitinha, who won the ball when Bayern goalkeeper Yann Sommer attempted to dribble out of a busy penalty area.

Vitinha was presented with an empty goal, but his rolled effort allowed Matthijs de Ligt to clear the ball off the line.

Bayern reached the last eight for the fourth straight year, while PSG will need to wait at least another season to lift the coveted trophy for the first time.

Another former PSG player, Kingsley Coman, had scored the winner in the first leg in Paris.  

Bayern were worthy winners against a flat PSG side, for whom neither Kylian Mbappe nor Lionel Messi had the expected impact on the game while Neymar was missing with an ankle injury.

It is the second season running in which PSG have gone out of the Champions League in the last 16.

This is the fifth time in the last seven campaigns the Qatar-owned club have failed to go beyond the first knockout round.

They were not helped by injuries in defence.

Captain Marquinhos was forced off after 36 minutes with a rib problem and his replacement, Nordi Mukiele, also having to be substituted at half-time.

Bayern Munich have now kept seven clean sheets in eight Champions League matches this season.

Remarkably, the lone side to score against them has been Viktoria Plzen, who did so in a 4-2 win for Bayern in the Czech Republic.

In fact, Bayern Munich have now won 16 of their past 18 Champions League home games.

PSG, meanwhile, failed to keep a single clean sheet across their eight matches this season, the first time they’ve done so in this competition.

Bayern manager, Julian Nagelsmann said, “In the first half, we didn’t do what we had talked about before very well. There was too much space.”

“But we defended better in the second half and were dangerous on the ball. In the end, we deserved to win.

“If we show maximum hunger with emotion and we couple that with our quality, then we can achieve anything.”

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