PARIS: Bayern Munich’s command of the Champions League is over. Media suggestions that Hansi Flick’s men could emulate Real Madrid’s repetitious reign have been ended by Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG lost the second leg of their quarter-final 1-0 at home in the Parc des Princes but reached the semi-finals on the away goals rule thanks to their 3-2 victory in the first game last week..
They were unlucky even to lose the return. Brazilian superstar Neymar was denied twice by the posts before ex-PSG forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting put the Germans ahead on the night with a close-range header just before half-time.
PSG will face Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.
Kylian Mbappe, who had scored twice in the first leg, forced an early chance when he drilled a low shot across the face of goal after being played in by Neymar down the right.
The France forward then saw a low cross deflected through to Neymar, but his effort was blocked by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Bayern, again without injured Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, finally threatened at the other end when Leroy Sane curled an effort wide before Joshua Kimmich drilled a low shot wide.
PSG, beaten by Bayern in the final of last season’s rescheduled tournament, were soon back on the offensive as Mbappe got away down the left to pick out Neymar.
Neuer, though, again showed quick reactions to close the angle and make a block.
Amazingly the Brazil forward was again denied by the woodwork just moments later after being played in by Mbappe when his shot came back off the post.
Bayern rode their luck and went straight up the other end to break the deadlock five minutes before half-time.
Coman’s run found David Alaba in the PSG penalty area, and his low shot was saved by Keylor Navas.
However, the ball spun back up into the air and Choupo-Moting held off PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe to nod in from close range.
Navas then redeemed himself to deny Alaba, whose left-foot drive appeared destined for the top-left corner, before Sane shot straight at the PSG keeper shortly ahead of half-time.
PSG went on the offensive again at the start of the second half, Neymar’s half-volley dipping over before Angel Di Maria’s sent a dangerous low cross through the Bayern six-yard box.
With time running out for the holders, Thomas Muller forced a decent stop from Navas after being played clear by Sane.
Mbappe thought he had put the tie to bed when he broke clear into the Bayern half to fire the ball past Neuer into the top corner, but was correctly ruled offside.
Bayern continued to throw everything forward, leaving themselves vulnerable on the break, but could not force any late drama as Sane’s low cross into the six-yard box was smothered by Navas.
This is the second successive season in which PSG have reached the last four while Bayern are the third reigning Champions League winners in a row to fail to reach at least the semi-final stage in the following season.
The night’s other tie saw Chelsea reach the semi-finals in for the first time in seven years despite a 1-0 quarter-final second-leg loss to Porto in Seville.
Mehdi Taremi’s overhead kick in second-half added time came too late to shake the Blues who progressed to the semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate.
They will meet Real Madrid or Liverpool in their first semi-final since losing out to Atletico Madrid in 2014.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell’s first-leg goals proved decisive.
N’Golo Kante was outstanding for Chelsea after being selected only at the last minute service after a minor injury to Mateo Kovacic.
Kante has only just shaken off his latest hamstring injury and boss Thomas Tuchel wanted him to feature off the bench at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The 30-year-old midfielder cemented Chelsea’s dominance in the tie with a stunning showing at both ends of the pitch, in a performance to delight the regimented Blues.
Tuchel’s men are now able to jet back to London and turn immediate attentions to Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City and former Paris St Germain manager Tuchel’s first concern will be to gauge whether linchpin midfielder Kante is capable of starting at Wembley.
The Blues will desperately want Kante to start against Pep Guardiola’s quadruple chasing City, and will doubtless pull out all the stops to make that happen.
Chelsea ground through a staccato first-half, punctuated by incessant stoppages for fouls.
The beauty of their two-goal advantage meant the Blues were fully entitled to take a measured approach to this encounter.
Edouard Mendy messed up his measurements in a rare misjudgement to hand the Blues a scare, but Jesus Corona wasted the Senegal stopper’s misplaced pass.
Corona collected and eyed up Mendy’s goal, only to scuff wide in a disappointing effort for the Portuguese.
Porto pressed the Blues high in a way Conceicao’s men had oddly opted not to in the first leg. So where the Stamford Bridge men had endless time to build in that 2-0 win first time out, here they were harassed and harried.
The Blues might have been ruffled but they always just about managed to straighten themselves out. Corona flashed high and wide after sneaking in behind Ben Chilwell, to leave Porto frustrated again.
But Mount saw a rasping effort deflected wide by Chancel Mbemba after a good Christian Pulisic raid. And Kante sent Havertz haring through only for the German to be denied twice.
The Blues were by far the happier to turn around with the game still goalless.
Pulisic should have tapped Chelsea into the lead in the second-half’s first meaningful action. Chilwell’s cutback was begging to be slotted home, but Pulisic was just unable to shift his feet and failed to make enough connection to guide the ball into the net.
Kante slid through a fine ball for Mount after Pulisic’s neat spin, but Manafa blocked the England forward’s shot.
Porto threw on dangerman striker Taremi on the hour and the Iran striker forced Mendy into a smart save from a powerful header.
Pulisic raced through for an added-time chance, but could only strike straight at the advancing Agustin Marchesin.
Chelsea were already planning the rest of their busy week when Taremi flicked home from a superb overhead kick.
But Porto could not find another dramatic comeback and Tuchel’s men rightly move through.