After much build-up, the most awaited fixture of Group-B actually happened at the Parc des Princes, Paris, France. Both the sides looked good on paper but in the end, the one who led their strategies to perfect execution stole the show. There are not many occasions when the Bavarians are completely outperformed by their opposition but they looked to be completely out of touch in their 3-0 defeat against PSG. Before moving to the review let’s have a quick glance at the match stats.
The Review :
The scoring was opened in the 2nd minute of the game, thanks to Dani Alves who produced an awesome finish with Neymar grabbing yet another assist. From this time onwards PSG started moving fluidly. Each PSG player was literally dancing with the ball for the first 15 minutes of the game. Now was the time for Bayern to step-up their game and look for counter-attacks, Bayern started creating chances but could not glide the ball past Areola who was agile between the sticks. Javi Martinez saw his fierce volley saved by the Parisian goalee. PSG’s 2nd came in the 31st minute when Cavani curled his first touch shot past the Bayern goalkeeper after a mature pass from 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe. Halftime, PSG already with a 2-0 lead in hand. It was in the 63rd minute when Neymar exploited a defensive mistake and placed the ball under the crossbar. Bayern did not have much on their side in the 2nd half as Lewandowski’s stoppage-time free-kick and Vidal’s offside were the only two highlighting events.
It was a match which did not fare up to the expectations. PSG’s performance was inspiring and Mbappe, Areola and Dani Alves were the heroes. Mpabbe’s performance tonight was mature as he opened up the defense time and again with his scintillating runs forward. His performance was so good that he received a standing ovation from the opposition fans too. Areola’s performance between the sticks was the defining factor of the match. Though he committed many mistakes during the set-pieces still he saved the match for PSG. Dani Alves’s lung-bursting runs allowed more men inside the box and he also managed to grab a goal.
There were many places where Bayern went wrong. One such mistake was starting with both Robben and Ribery on the bench. After the first goal, Bayern started playing too many unnecessary long balls. Though they lead the possession stats, the majority of that possession was inside their half. They lacked composure in the opposition’s half and gave away the ball too easily. Too many fouls were Bayern’s story last night. The same thing continued in the 2nd half but this time there were more no. of shots from outside the box. There were poor in rotations and one substitution that was shocking was Robben for Muller despite knowing the fact that they both combine well.
In short, it was a well-deserved victory for the home side and a well-deserved loss for the visitors.