Defending Champions, Bayern Munich crash out of Champions League
The defending champions of the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich, bade farewell to the dreams of retaining the trophy on Tuesday night, despite winning the second leg of the Quarterfinals clash against last year’s finalists, Paris St-Germain, thanks to the away goal rule.
Following a 3-2 losing position from last week’s first leg tie, Bayern needed two qualifying goals. After several missed chances and saves from the Bavarian goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, to keep PSG from scoring, the visitors broke the deadlock when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting found the back of the net before the break.
The goal raised hope of a comeback victory for Hansi Flick’s men. Still, with the injured Robert Lewandowski out, the German Champions lacked their usual ruthlessness upfront. They failed to get a second goal which would have sent them into the next round, and continued their trophy defence.
Kylian Mbappe had a goal disallowed in the final 10 minutes of the game, but that didn’t stop the French Champions from qualifying for the Semifinals where they’ll face either Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City, with City boasting a 2-1 advantage heading into Wednesday’s second leg in Germany.