Kylian Mbappe and Neymar came to the fore when PSG needed them most. In the exciting 3-2 away win against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The French and the Brazilian each scored two goals and assists and made headlines in a repeat of last year’s final.
Bayern won 1-0, but the Parisians took revenge on Wednesday evening in a snowy Allianz Arena by taking three important away strokes for next week’s decision.
Mbappe showed up in less than three minutes and laid himself in the Bundesliga giants when he was brilliantly freed by a side pass from Neymar on the edge of the box.
Then, just before half an hour, ‘Ney’ produced another brilliant moment with his weaker foot.
When a PSG train collapsed and pushed Bayern out of their territory, most players would have taken the safe route and returned to keeper Keylor Navas to regroup.
When the most expensive footballer in the world discovered his compatriot Marquinhos in a goal position, he swung a precise pass on the feet of the central defender so that he could get past Manuel Neuer and score the 2-0.
As a compliment to his genius, the former Bayern star Bastian Schweinsteiger received a stream of abuse.
99 out of 100 players would have returned to goalkeeper @neymarjr. One of the best templates I’ve seen in a long time !!!! With the weaker of his two feet …. #FCBPSG
– Bastian Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) April 7, 2021
“Are you with us or wtf with them?” The 2014 World Cup winner was asked.
“Basti, you are a Bayern legend … fuck you like one,” demanded another angry punter.
In the meantime, Neymar had sneaked into the record books with his performance.
Since his debut in the competition for Barcelona in 2013/2014 after a move from the Santos youth club, he now has 25 templates for his name, which are most other players at the time.
25 – Since making his debut in 2013-14, Neymar has scored 25 goals in the UEFA Champions League, the most of any player in that period. Source. pic.twitter.com/UXmqKB8vKr
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 7, 2021
The responses from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller on either side of the half-time whistle equalized the 2-2 and resulted in fans signing the praise for one of the best games they’d seen at the UCL in years.
But Mbappe wanted to join Neymar by becoming PSG’s all-time top scorer in the knockout stage, surpassing Thierry Henry’s 12-man record at the tender age of 22.
Ironically, he had 22 minutes to move around the edge of the 18-yarder and tore a shot into the lower corner, “disguised so that he should have been wearing a mask,” as one punter described it.
Also, considering his hat-trick at Camp Nou, Mbappe was also the first man in history to score five away goals in the last 16 and quarter-finals.
It is precisely for this reason that the QSI paid close to $ 500 million for the couple in 2017.
And despite all the criticism of the top French league as the “Farmer’s League”, Mauricio Pochettino’s men can turn up the heat on big continental nights like this when they’re in shape.
The top priority in the summer must be to tie Neymar and Mbappe to new contracts and prevent them from strolling to La Liga’s two biggest outfits in the Frees area in 2022.
In this respect, your hand at the negotiating table could be strengthened by finally delivering the elusive trophy with the big ears to the French capital.
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