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“They didn’t offer much” – Bayern Munich 2-0 PSG player ratings

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 22:00, 8 March 2023

Bayern Munich successfully booked their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals after running out 2-0 winners over Paris Saint-Germain this evening.

The six-time European champions heading into today’s round of 16 second-leg looking to defend a slender 1-0 lead courtesy of ex-PSG forward Kingsley Coman and it was another former PSG man who effectively decided tonight’s contest before they doubled their output in the dying minutes.

“Over the two games, Paris deserve to go out,” came Samir Nasri’s verdit on Canal+. “There was reason to hope in the first half, but in the second half, it was exactly like in the first leg. They didn’t offer much, and individual mistakes again cost them qualification. You can’t lose the ball like Verratti did for the first goal.”

Here’s how the players rated at the Allianz Arena:

Bayern Munich

Yann Sommer – 7 – Put his side in big danger after being caught on the ball. Vitinha looked to have scored but it wasn’t meant to be as De Ligt flew in to make the block. Sommer did redeem himself by pulling off a stunning intervention to deny a goalbound Sergio Ramos header.

Alphonso Davies – 7.5 – Was his usual marauding self down Bayern’s left flank. The electric Canadian full-back, though, lacked a serious end product and was often tested with Hakimi occupying the same patch of land.

Matthijs de Ligt – 8.5 – A more aggressive outing by the Dutchman, who seemed to be tasked with keeping tabs on Messi, played a crucial role in denying the World Cup winner from putting the visitors ahead during a 25th-minute goalmouth scramble. Before the half-time break produced an incredible goal-line clearance after Sommer had a momentary lapse of concentration.

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Dayot Upamecano – 8 – Fraternity was thrown out the window as Upamecano was given the unenviable job of keeping compatriot Mbappe at bay. Not only did he stick to his task but Upamecano thrived and was brilliant throughout.

Josip Stanisic – 7.5 – Some might have expected João Cancelo to start but it feels that Julian Nagelsmann simply doesn’t rate the on-loan Manchester City defender to start. That being said, Josip Stanisic didn’t put a foot wrong operating as Bayern’s right-sided central defender.

Joshua Kimmich – 6 – Tidy in Bayern’s midfield. Kimmich wasn’t at his domineering best, in truth he didn’t need to be.

Leon Goretzka – 7 – Played in between compatriots Kimmich and Müller the “box-to-box” midfielder had some opportunities to break the deadlock but he did have a role in Bayern’s breakthrough goal.

Jamal Musiala – 7.5 – He came into tonight’s game as the most prolific U21 player across Europe’s big five leagues, Musiala was undoubtedly Bayern’s most dangerous player when he was on the field.

Thomas Müller – 7 – The self-confessed raumdeuter operated in somewhat of a free role behind Choupo-Moting but his poor timing cost Bayern’s centre-forward a goal as Müller was in an offside position. He soon made amends for that misfire by stealing the ball from Verratti before feeding Goretzka who kept his cool to lay it on a plate for Choupo-Moting who made no mistake.

Kingsley Coman – 5.5 – Enjoyed a fascinating battle with Nuno Mendes on Bayern’s right flank. 

Eric Choupo-Moting – 7.5 – Began the second half like a house on fire. Was unable to get a shot away due to being under pressure from Danilo, before inadvertently blocking a shot from Kimmich, then having a header ruled out as Müller was in an offside position. However, on the hour mark, the ex-PSG man did break the deadlock after Marco Verratti was lackadaisical in possession.

Substitutes:

Leroy Sane (for Choupo-Moting 68) – 3.5 – Looked off the pace in a brief cameo.

Sadio Mane (for Musiala 82) – N/A – A late sub.

Serge Gnabry (for Coman 86) – 6 – Scored Bayern’s second.

João Cancelo (for Müller 86) – 6 – Assisted Bayern’s second.


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Paris Saint-Germain

Gianluigi Donnarumma – 5.5 – Before tonight’s game, Paris Saint-Germain was the only side left in the Champions League who haven’t kept a clean sheet in the competition this season, their much-maligned Italian ‘keeper was forced into making a meaningful save from Musiala after the half-hour mark. But he was caught in no man’s land and could do nothing to prevent Choupo-Moting’s go-ahead goal or Gnabry’s late effort.

Marquinhos – 5 – His game was cut short after sustaining a troublesome injury. Before going off Marquinhos, who has been struggling with a rib problem, had been one of PSG’s more instrumental players as he covered a multitude of different roles notably drifting into midfield.

Sergio Ramos – 5.5 – His many years of experience needed to be at the fore this evening. Ramos, a prolific goalscoring defender, thought he drew the sides level but his effort was brilliantly saved by Sommer.

Danilo Pereira – 6 – “Unfortunately, Bayern were too strong,” he told Canal+ after the game. Danilo, who produced five completed tackles and two successful interceptions, can at least hold his head high.

Nuno Mendes – 5 – Since relocating to Paris last summer the 20-year-old Portuguese international has developed into a major asset for PSG at both ends of the pitch and we saw glimpses in Munich this evening.

Fabián Ruiz – 5 – Made some promising forward runs in the opening phase but his impact lessened once Bayern got on top.

Marco Verratti – 4 – It was his costly error that got the ball rolling for Bayern.

Vitinha – 5.5 – Thought he put the Parisians in front after Sommer’s moment of madness. De Ligt’s off-the-line clearance kept the scores level heading into half-time.


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Achraf Hakimi – 6 – Due to Bayern occupying Mbappé it meant Hakimi would often find himself free in space but even he couldn’t find that magical piece of brilliant to unlock Bayern’s resolute defence.  

Kylian Mbappé – 6 – He was the one Bayern were the most concerned with and that was perfectly illustrated by Nagelsmann’s defensive gameplan. Mbappe would pull off three shots on goal but none troubled Sommer in the Bavarian goal.

Lionel Messi – 6.5 – This was the 150th time Messi started a Champions League game, subsequently following Cristiano Ronaldo (178) and Iker Casillas (176) in reaching this milestone, PSG’s ‘number 30’ was busy this evening but he couldn’t dig into his bag of magic tricks and send PSG through into the next round.

Substitutes:

Nordi Mukiele (for Marquinhos 36) – 4 – Came on for PSG’s wounded captain. Mukiele, who is also carrying an injury (Achilles), slotted in on the right side of the back three with Danilo moving to replace Marquinhos on the left. He’d play the remaining first-half minutes before coming off himself.

El Chadaille Bitshiabu (for Mukiele 46) – 5 – Produced a good late challenge on Leroy Sane bearing down on goal.

Hugo Ekitike (for Vitinha 81) – N/A – A late sub.

Juan Bernat (for Mendes 82) – N/A – A late sub.

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