#1 » Champions League:Big Match Feature: Bayern v PSG by Mfonobong44 from Uyo » December 5th, 2017, 2:37 pm


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Paris Saint-Germain hold the upper hand as they conclude group B with a trip to Bayern Munich. Both teams have already qualified for the round of 16, meaning only first place is left to be settled, with the French team having the advantage.

PSG have won all five games in this season's competition, and the 3-0 defeat of Bayern on matchday two has given them a three-point cushion over the German club. Paris also lead on overall goal difference so Bayern must win by a four-goal margin to finish top.

Defeat in Paris on matchday two prompted Bayern to part company with coach Carlo Ancelotti the following day.

Previous meetings

The teams have met in seven previous matches – all in the Champions League group stage – and all but one of those contests were won by the home side.

The most recent encounters before this season came in the first group stage in 2000-01 – a campaign that culminated in Bayern winning the competition for the fourth time.

Home substitute Laurent Leroy's 90th-minute strike gave Paris a 1-0 victory at the Parc des Princes on 26 September 2000 before Bayern turned the tables in Munich, goals from Hasan Salihamidžic (3) – now the club's sporting director – and substitute Paulo Sérgio (89) securing a 2-0 success.

The line-ups in Munich were:

Bayern: Kahn, Sagnol, Andersson, Linke (Jeremies 29), Tarnat, Fink, Sforza, Scholl, Salihamidžic, Jancker (Elber 58), Santz Cruz (Paulo Sérgio 76).

PSG: Letizi, Mendy (Okocha 71), Distin, Rabésandratana, Déhu, Algerino, Luccin (Cissé 84), Christian, Dalmat, Robert, Anelka.

In 1997-98 Bayern ran out 5-1 winners in the first game in Germany, Giovane Elber and Carsten Jancker each scoring twice and Thomas Helmer getting the other despite Marco Simone's consolation. Paris, however, were 3-1 victors back in France, their goals coming from Franck Gava (17), Florian Maurice (73) and Leroy again (75); Markus Babbel had levelled for Bayern.

The French club also came out on top in 1994-95, George Weah and Daniel Bravo earning a 2-0 home win and Weah, again, claiming the only goal in Germany – the only away victory either team has managed in this fixture.

Match background

Bayern

This is the German club's first home meeting with French opposition since a 6-1 defeat of LOSC Lille in the 2012-13 group stage, Arjen Robben scoring the fifth goal. That gave Bayern the record of W10 D2 L3 at home to Ligue 1 visitors.

Bayern have won their last three games against French clubs in Munich, having not won in four (D2 L2) before that sequence.

The Munich club, 3-0 victors at home to both RSC Anderlecht and Celtic FC this season, won all 16 of their European home matches between 17 September 2014 and 15 February this year, a competition record. The 2-1 loss to Real Madrid CF in the quarterfinals was their first reverse in Munich since a 4-0 defeat by the same opponents in their 2013-14 semifinal second leg.

Under Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern came second in their group behind Club Atlético de Madrid in 2016-17 – the first time they had failed to win their section since 2009-10. They beat Arsenal FC 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16, only to lose 6-3 over two legs to Real Madrid.

Bayern have won all 11 group home games since a 3-2 reverse at the hands of Manchester City FC on matchday six in 2013-14.

Bayern qualified for the group stage after winning their fifth straight Bundesliga title in 2016-17. The German side have reached the knockout rounds for the tenth season in a row.

PSG

The French club are unbeaten on their last three trips to Germany (W2 D1), most recently a 4-0 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the 2013-14 round of 16 first leg (6-1 aggregate).

PSG’s overall record away to German clubs is W3 D1 L3.

PSG can become only the seventh team to win all six games in a Uefa Champions League group stage – and, having also managed it in 1994-95, could match Real Madrid CF as the only clubs to have done it twice.

The 7-1 defeat of Celtic on matchday five made it 24 goals in group B for Paris, setting a new Uefa Champions League record with a game still to play.

Neymar has scored in all five group games; no one has ever scored in all six.

The Parisians have won seven of their last 11 away fixtures in the competition, winning 5-0 at Celtic and 4-0 at Anderlecht this season; they have lost three games in that run. Matchday one was their first clean sheet in seven away matches; they subsequently managed another at Anderlecht.

Unai Emery's charges won at PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (3-1) and FC Basel 1893 (2-1) in last year's group stage, also drawing at Arsenal FC (2-2).

Quarterfinalists in four successive seasons between 2013 and 2016, Paris were on the wrong end of the biggest comeback in Champions League history in last term's round of 16. Having won 4-0 at home to FC Barcelona, the French outfit succumbed 6-1 in the away leg to bow out – with Neymar, now of Paris, providing two Barça goals and an assist.

Coach and player links

Emery gave Juan Bernat his professional debut at Valencia CF in 2011-12.

Kingsley Coman joined the Paris academy aged nine and broke into the first team in 2013, moving on to Juventus in summer 2014 having made just four senior appearances.

Have played together:

Thiago Alcántara & Dani Alves (FC Barcelona, 2008–13)
James Rodríguez & Layvin Kurzawa (AS Monaco FC, 2013–14)

Have played in Germany:

Kevin Trapp (1. FC Kaiserslautern, 2008–12; Eintracht Frankfurt, 2012–15)
Julian Draxler (FC Schalke 04, 2008–15; VfL Wolfsburg, 2015–17)
Trapp's record against Bayern in the Bundesliga was W0 D0 L6, with 16 goals conceded.

Have played in France:

Franck Ribéry (FC Metz, 2004/05; Olympique de Marseille, 2005–07)
Corentin Tolisso (Olympique Lyonnais, 2013–17)
James Rodríguez (AS Monaco FC, 2013/14)

Have played for same national side:

Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman & Alphonse Areola, Presnel Kimpembe, Layvin Kurzawa, Adrien Rabiot (France)
Manuel Neuer, Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Sebastien Rudy, Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller & Kevin Trapp, Julian Draxler (Germany)
Rafinha & Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Lucas, Neymar (Brazil)

Neymar scored in the 2015 Uefa Champions League final as Barcelona beat Arturo Vidal's Juventus 3-1.

Neymar also got three goals for Barça in the 2014-15 semifinal against Bayern (3-0, 2-3).

Robert Lewandowski bagged all four goals for Borussia Dortmund in the 2012-13 semifinal first leg against Di María's Real Madrid.

Julian Draxler faced Bayern 10 times in league and cup with FC Schalke 04 and VfL Wolfsburg (W1 D1 L8).

Kylian Mbappé scored in France's 4-0 Fifa World Cup qualifying win against Robben and the Netherlands on 31 August.

Match Facts

Bayern

After nine successive wins since Jupp Heynckes' appointment (including a penalty shoot-out victory over RB Leipzig in the German Cup), Bayern lost 2-1 at VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach on 25 November.

Robert Lewandowski has scored 14 goals in 14 league games this season.

James Rodríguez (concussion) and Juan Bernat (thigh) both came off injured at Gladbach; James, though, played 90 minutes as Bayern won 3-1 against Hannover 96 on Saturday.

David Alaba (back), Rafinha (ankle), Franck Ribéry (knee) and Thomas Müller (hamstring) also returned from injuries against Hannover.

Arjen Robben has not featured since suffering a thigh injury on matchday five.

Thiago Alcántara will be out for several months due to a thigh injury he also sustained on matchday five.

Manuel Neuer (out since 18 September) was originally expected to return just after Christmas following his second metatarsal break, but his comeback may have to be postponed as the healing process is slightly delayed.

PSG

Paris were 25 games unbeaten in all competitions (W22 D3) – French Super Cup included – and had won their last seven matches prior to Saturday's 2-1 loss at RC Strasbourg.

Edinson Cavani has registered 23 goals in 21 club outings this term, and had struck in his last five outings for club and country before the weekend. With 153 goals for Paris, he is now just three behind club record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Neymar has scored 15 goals in 17 appearances for Paris.



Paris have scored five goals or more in a match on seven occasions this season and are averaging more than three goals per game.

Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé have all been on the scoresheet together in five games this term, including three matches in the Uefa Champions League.

Cavani has found the net in 11 of his last 13 Uefa Champions League outings.

Cavani, Mbappé and Neymar are on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or. The winner will be announced on 7 December.

Thiago Motta has not played since October and underwent knee surgery in the United States on 20 November.

Source: Uefa.com

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#2 » Re: Champions League:Big Match Feature: Bayern v PSG by eMade (f) from Abuja » December 6th, 2017, 6:17 am

PSG underperformed.

FT Bayern Munich 3 - 1 Paris Saint Germain
Respect obeys #Karma; gimme back or lose it!



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