Cool Mbappe wants more after double against Neuer

Sports | REUTERS 9 Apr 2021

Kylian Mbappe said he felt no pressure in facing one of the world's best 'keepers in Manuel Neuer and he hoped to add to his tally after beating the German twice in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-2 win over holders Bayern Munich.

Mbappe's early opener and a Marquinhos strike put PSG 2-0 up in the 28th minute of the quarter-final first leg before hosts Bayern hit back through Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller.

Mbappe then scored again, drilling in from a tight angle and with two defenders in front of him, to hand Bayern their first Champions League defeat in more than two years.

The 22-year-old forward said he relished the chance to test himself against Neuer. "I don't have any pressure," said Mbappe, who described the German as "one of the best 'keepers in the history of the game."

PSG had lost to Bayern 1-0 in the final last season but now have the chance to knock out the holders in the second leg at home next week.

Having now scored twice against Neuer, Mbappe said: "I hope to score again."

Bayern coach Hansi Flick rued his team's missed chances but was happy with the way they played. The Bavarians dominated for long stretches of the game and had 31 attempts on goal to PSG's six as well as a 15-1 advantage in corners.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino was happy with the attitude of the team but warned that they face a difficult second leg against the holders.

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