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    Bayern Munich knock out PSG to reach Champions League quarter-finals

    Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti (R) is crowded by Bayern Munich's German midfielder Joshua Kimmich during the UEFA Champions League round of 16, in Munich, on March 8, 2023.

    Bayern Munich ended the Champions League hopes of Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, March 8, beating the French club 2-0 in the second leg of their last-16 tie to reach the quarter-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

    Leading 1-0 from the first leg in Paris last month, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put Bayern in front on the night at the Allianz Arena and substitute Serge Gnabry wrapped up the victory a minute from time.

    Bayern were worthy winners against a flat PSG side, for whom neither Kylian Mbappé nor Lionel Messi had the expected impact on the game while Neymar was missing with an ankle injury.

    It is the second season running in which PSG has gone out of the Champions League in the last 16, and the fifth time in the last seven campaigns the Qatar-owned club has failed to go beyond the first knockout round.

    Injury in defense

    They were not helped by injuries in defense, with captain Marquinhos forced off after 36 minutes with a rib problem and his replacement, Nordi Mukiele, also having to be substituted at half-time.

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    Vitinha might have put the French champions in front in the first half, but Matthijs de Ligt cleared his attempt off the line.

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    Bayern went ahead just after the hour mark, Leon Goretzka setting up the unmarked Choupo-Moting for an easy finish after Marco Verratti had been disposed in his own box. Sergio Ramos came closest to getting the visitors back into the game before Gnabry clinched Bayern’s victory late on.

    PSG midfielder Danilo Pereira said: “Unfortunately we have to say Bayern were stronger than us. We had chances in the first half, we didn’t take them. When it’s like that in the Champions League it’s difficult. We made mistakes and it’s hard to go out like that.”

    The World with AFP

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