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Mbappe Double Sinks Bayern Munich At Allianz Arena

Kylian Mbappe stepped up again in the Champions League as Paris Saint-Germain claimed a thrilling 3-2 win away at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Allianz Arena Stadium.

The 22-year-old forward scored the first and last goals of the game, with Marquinhos also on target for the Ligue 1 side, while Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller netted for the reigning European and world champions.

In what was a repeat of last season’s final, it was always likely to be a fascinating tie on a snowy night in Bavaria, and Mbappe wasted no time in opening the scoring as he put PSG ahead inside three minutes, though questions will be asked of Manuel Neuer as he let the shot pass through him when it should have been easily dealt with.

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Marquinhos was the unlikely source of their second, as he finished calmly past Neuer after being put through on goal by what initially seemed like a hoof from Neymar but proved to be an excellent long ball.

Choupo-Moting came off the bench for PSG in August’s final last season, but it was he who halved his former side’s lead by heading home before half time.

Neymar missed a glorious chance to extend PSG’s lead just nine minutes before Joshua Kimmich picked out Muller to level, following Choupo-Moting’s lead by heading past Keylor Navas.

Mbappe restored the Parisians’ lead less than 10 minutes later, though, as he finished cleverly after toying with Jerome Boateng.

The hosts had penalty appeals waved away as the 90th minute approached, but referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz wasn’t interested when Kingsley Coman’s cross hit Ander Herrera’s arm, with replays showing the referee had made the right decision.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side return to Paris ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg with three away goals in the bag and a narrow aggregate lead.

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