MUNICH: Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combined to condemn Champions League holders Bayern Munich to just a third defeat in 71 games as Paris Saint-Germain edged a thrilling quarter-final first-leg clash 3-2 in Germany.

The night’s other tie saw Chelsea win 2-0 in their away leg against Porto which was staged in Seville because of pandemic travels restrictions.

At the Allianz Arena Mbappe struck twice in a snowstorm with Neymar setting up both his double and Marquinhos’ first-half goal.

Bayern, who fought back to make it 2-2 against the side they beat in last season’s final through Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller, suffered a first home loss since November 2019. They badly missed their injured top-scoring world No1 Robert Ledwandowski.

In an explosive start to the first leg, the visitors forced their way ahead after just three minutes when Kylian Mbappe blasted a shot through Manuel Neuer’s legs after Neymar had picked him out unselfishly at the end of a pacey counter-attack.

Muller passed up a glorious 10th-minute opportunity to level when he stabbed his shot straight at goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made fine saves to deny Leon Goretzka and Benjamin Pavard in quick succession as Bayern attempted to hit back.

The holders, who were without injured 42-goal striker Robert Lewandowski, were in deep trouble after 28 minutes when Neymar’s ball over the top allowed Marquinhos to control before firing past the helpless Neuer.

However, former PSG striker Choupo-Moting, who had hit the crossbar seconds before the opening goal, dragged the home side back into it nine minutes later with a firm downward header from Pavard’s cross.

Neuer went some of the way towards redeeming himself with a vital point-blank save from Neymar six minutes after the restart, but opposite number Navas had to save from David Alaba and Pavard within seconds as the Germans returned with renewed vigour.

They got their reward on the hour when Thomas Muller timed his run and jump to perfection to meet Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick before guiding a header past Navas to square it at 2-2.

But the French champions regained the lead within eight minutes. Neymar played Mbappe in behind the Bayern defence and, as substitute Jerome Boateng arrived to confront him, the striker fired through the defender’s legs and past Neuer.

Alaba shot inches wide when he might have done better with four minutes remaining as PSG held on to leave Bayern boss Hansi Flick tasting defeat in the competition for the first time in his reign.

Advantage Chelsea
Mason Mount’s masterful strike and Ben Chilwell’s late finish handed Chelsea a fine 2-0 win over Porto in Seville.

Mount latched on to Jorginho’s angled ball, spun away from the cover and slotted into the corner in a rare moment of pure quality in Spain.

Wing-back Ben Chilwell then nipped on to a loose ball before rounding Agustin Marchesin and tapping into the empty net to put the Blues in control at the tie’s halfway point.

Chelsea rode their luck at times, with Edouard Mendy producing fine saves to thwart Pepe and Moussa Marega, but ultimately fully merited their first-leg victory.

Mount and Chilwell’s efforts count as away goals, even though both legs of the last-eight tie are being played at Sevilla’s neutral Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium due to coronavirus travel constraints.

Chelsea were able to hit back from Saturday’s 5-2 Premier League thumping by West Brom, and also move past the training-ground spat between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Mount’s fine strike separated the sides for much of the match, with the 22-year-old scoring his first Champions League goal.

Omitted from the starting XI for Thomas Tuchel’s first match at the Chelsea helm back in January for the Blues’ goalless draw with Wolves, Mount has quickly won the German manager’s trust.

Chilwell has had to battle hard with Marcos Alonso for game time on the left flank, but the 24-year-old capped an impressive showing with a stunning late solo goal.

Chelsea’s first period of considered play yielded a vital goal, allowing the Blues to take a 1-0 lead into half-time.

Jorginho spotted Mount’s smart positioning, delivered the ideal angled slide-rule pass – and the reliable England international did the rest.

Receiving the ball and rolling the Porto cover all in one foul swoop, Mount opened his body and then slotted into the far corner.

The Blues dominated possession but Porto still had their first-half chances.

Zaidu Sanusi failed to connect when a cross could have caused all sorts of problems.

Cesar Azpilicueta marked his 150th game as Chelsea captain by producing a vial block on a Pepe shot.

Mendy tapped Otavio’s corner away from goal, and was left relieved when Sanusi hooked the knock-down over the bar.

Pepe drew a smart Mendy save from a corner, and then Marko Grujic headed into the ground when a better connection could have put the squeeze on the Blues.

Chelsea started the second-half with a pacey counter-attack, only for the unmarked Timo Werner to head over from Mount’s teasing cross.

Marega caught Rudiger napping to sneak in behind Chelsea’s defence in a fine chance for Porto, but Mendy was quick off his line, cut down the angle and conjured an excellent stop.

Porto continued to grow into the half, and Luis Diaz whipped just wide from 20 yards in another warning sign for the Blues.

Rudiger’s long-range pot shot forced Marchesin into a cheap spill, Werner squared across the open goal but Kai Havertz could only bundle wide.

An eventual offside flag against Werner spared Havertz’s blushes, before Azpilicueta headed wide from point-blank range after the excellent Reece James’ whipped free-kick.

Changes finally came for Chelsea just after the hour, with Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud replacing the struggling Werner and Havertz.

Pulisic broke away and blasted against the crossbar on a late Chelsea break after a smart tee-up from Giroud, but the Blues still managed to find a crucial second goal.

Jesus Corona slipped and bungled receiving a long ball, opening the door for the onrushing Chilwell.

The former Leicester left-back raced on to the ball, cut away from the covering defenders, tiptoed round Marchesin and tapped home for a fine individual effort.