Football Features

“The big man for the big occasion” – Player ratings as Bayern win 0-1 but PSG’s rugged defending sends them through on away goals

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:24, 13 April 2021

In an enthralling night of football, Bayern beat PSG 0-1 in Paris but still go out of the Champions League on away goals.

The tie ended 3-3 on aggregate with the Parisians performance in Munich last week, and the three goals scored there, sent them through for their second consecutive semi-final.

Here’s how the players rated at Parc des Princes:


Keylor Navas – 6 – Could have done better on PSG’s goal and had a couple of moments of ropey handling but Bayern never punished him.

Colin Dagba – 8 – Really solid at the back and even had some sweet moves in attack. With 5 tackles and a team-high 3 interceptions he really is becoming an incredible defender.

Danilo – 8 – Poor positionally for Bayern’s first goal as he neither covered Alaba, Muller or the ball; but otherwise a towering presence just like the first-leg. 8 clearances was a game-high and he was an impressive stand-in for Marquinhos.

Presnel Kimpembe – 8 – Monstered by Choupo-Moting on the Bayern goal, but again beyond that he was incredible with 7 clearances on the night. Was well worth the captain’s armband as he constantly had his defence in the right place at the right time.

Abdou Diallo – 5 – Worked hard but definitely struggled with Sané. Had to go off just short of the hour with an injury.

Leandro Paredes – 8 – Outstanding at negotiating the Bayern press. Really coming into his own as a dominant force. Immense block on the line midway through the second-half to keep Bayern out. Just flawless.

Idrissa Gueye – 8 – Ferocious in the tackle. Absolutely relentless in his pursuit of any and every Bayern player in possession. Left the pitch with a game-high 6 tackles and an impressive 3 clearances.

Angel Di Maria – 8 – Constantly releasing the front two with penetrative passes. Also avoiding the Bayern press with his slick dribbling. Always the Argentine was the big man for the big occasion.

Julian Draxler – 6 – Worked hard.

Neymar – 8 – Absolutely outrageous on the night. Looked head and shoulders better than anyone on the pitch. Dribbling by opponents with absurd ease and delicious fluidity (6/9 dribbles). Pulled some good saves out of Manuel Neuer and hit both bar and post with shots, but in truth he should have given Neuer no chance on more than one occasion and in the end was lucky Bayern didn’t punish his profligacy.

Kylian Mbappé – 7 – A bolt of lightning on the break. Could have done more to stay onside (he was ruled offside 6 times more than everyone else on the pitch put together) but was so dangerous every time he had the ball, whether from shooting or setting up team-mates, albeit at the end he made several bad decisions when playing smarter could have helped PSG kill the tie off.


Mitchel Bakker (for Diallo 58′) – 7 – Got his body in the way repeatedly.

Moise Kean (for Draxler 72′) – 6 – Was always in space but used the ball poorly when found by Mbappé and Neymar.

Ander Herrera (for Di Maria 88′) – n/a – Came on late.

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Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 8 – Back at his imperious best. Several colossal stops to keep Bayern alive in the tie.

Benjamin Pavard – 5 – Simply could not live with Neymar or Mbappé. Luckily for him Boateng played well.

Jerome Boateng – 8 – Struggled to cope with Neymar and Mbappé at first but rebounded to put in a seriously impressive front-foot display with team-highs for tackles (5) and clearances (3).

Lucas Hernandez – 8 – Bayern’s best defender at dealing with PSG’s magical forwards. Constantly left 1-v-1 with Neymar and Mbappé but just shut them down almost every single time. Won possession a massive 12 times for Bayern.

Alphonso Davies – 6 – A constant outlet on the left. Didn’t use the ball well, though.

Joshua Kimmich – 8 – The driving force at the heart of Bayern’s performance. Made a savage tackle just seconds into the game, avoided a yellow and set the tone. Pushed Bayern forward every single chance he got but couldn’t do it enough.

David Alaba – 7 – Made many dangerous runs and it was his shot that forced the save and led to Bayern’s goal. Didn’t have the same impact at left-back.

Leroy Sané – 4 – Electric on the dribble but constantly used the ball poorly. Shooting when he should pass and passing when he should shoot or putting the ball where only Lewandowski would be. Had he made smarter decisions, Bayern could have gotten their much-needed win against PSG.

Kingsley Coman – 4 – Once again he was bottled up by Dagba.

Thomas Muller – 7 – Delightfully deft touch in the build-up to Bayern’s opener the highlight of another great night of link play. Created a team-high 4 chances.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting – 7 – Wasted a host of chances and half-chances early on but did put Bayern ahead when he headed home a rebounded save quite well to make it two goals in the tie. But you couldn’t help but feel that if Lewandowski were fit, Bayern would be through.


Jamal Musiala (for Davies 71′) – 5 – Added a bit of thrust in the middle but looked very much like a rookie thrust on in hope.

Javi Martinez (for Choupo-Moting 85′) – 5 – Came on late but wasn’t supplied with enough crosses.