KEY POINTS

  • Mbappe scored a brace in PSG's 3-2 win over Bayern
  • Neymar assisted Mbappe's first goal Wednesday
  • PSG now have three crucial away goals ahead of their home leg next week

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar registered a special record as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated Bayern Munich 3-2 in the Champions League quarters' first leg Wednesday.

Mbappe handed PSG a 1-0 lead at the Allianz Arena with his third-minute strike, which was assisted by Neymar and was powered past Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Since Neymar and Mbappe's first season together at PSG in 2017-18, the two have assisted one another for as many as 10 Champions League goals. It is at least three more than any other pair in the competition in this period, according to Opta Joe.

Mbappe was also the quickest player to score against Bayern Munich in a Champions League fixture since March 2010 when Wayne Rooney netted just after 63 seconds.

On Wednesday, Brazilian defender Marquinhos doubled PSG's lead after 25 minutes and his goal was also assisted by his compatriot Neymar. Since Neymar's Champions League debut in the 2013-14 campaign, he has assisted more goals (25) than any other player in the European tournament in this period of time.

A few minutes later, former PSG striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's header cut the deficit to half.

It was the meeting between last year's finalists and this time, it was PSG that ended on the winning side. Bayern Munich fittingly scored an equalizer as Thomas Muller headed his side's second goal from Joshua Kimmich's free-kick. However, the 22-year-old Mbappe had the final say as he flicked a low strike to earn PSG a vital third away goal at the Allianz Arena.

The 3-2 win in Munich has given PSG a massive edge ahead of their Champions League quarters' second leg that is scheduled to be played in Paris on April 13.

Meanwhile, Mbappe secured another record with his brace against Bayern Munich Wednesday. He has now scored eight goals in the 2020-21 Champions League – joint-most goals in a single season of the competition by a Frenchman, along with Wissam Ben Yedder in 2017-18 and David Trezeguet in 2001-02.

In PSG's previous Champions League game, which was against Barcelona, Mbappe had scored a hat-trick. He followed that with a brace against defending champions Bayern Munich. In a post-match interview at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, Mbappe spoke about his impressive run.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who became the two most expensive players in football history when they signed for PSG in August 2017 Neymar and Kylian Mbappe became the two most expensive players in football history when they signed for PSG in August 2017 Photo: POOL / David Ramos

"Like I said in Barcelona, I love this type of game. They haven't always gone my way and maybe they won't in the future, but I'm not here to hide. I love this kind of game and being decisive," Mbappe said in an interview after PSG's 3-2 win over Bayern Munich, as reported by BBC Sport.