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PSG loses 1-0 to Bayern, but reaches CL semis on away goals

Bayern had to score twice after losing 3-2 at home and survived several scares in the first half before largely taking control in the second.

AP , Tuesday 13 Apr 2021
PSG v Bayern
(From L) Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain's Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye celebrate after winning the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match (AFP)
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Paris Saint-Germain did just enough to knock defending champion Bayern Munich out of the Champions League and reach the semifinals for the second straight season, losing a tense match 1-0 on Tuesday to advance on away goals from the first leg.

But without the prolific Robert Lewandowski, the six-time champions lacked a cutting edge and could not add to Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's first-half goal against his former club.

After losing 1-0 to Bayern in last year's final, PSG stands one step away from the second final of its 51-year history and remains on course to win it for the first time.

Neymar had three shots saved by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and hit the woodwork twice in an eventful first half that tilted Bayern's way when Choupo-Moting headed home in the 40 minute.

Bayern's wingers were a constant menace and PSG's defenders were relieved to see standout goalkeeper Keylor Navas stretch his right hand to keep out Leroy Sane's dangerous cross deep into injury time at Parc des Princes.

That was Bayern's last chance on a night when the usually so prolific German side paid the price for its wastefulness without Lewandowski.

PSG now faces either Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals.

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