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UCL: Paris Saint-Germain Bounce Back Big Against Bayern Munich

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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 27: Edinson Cavani of PSG and Neymar of PSG speak during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Muenchen at Parc des Princes on September 27, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain were reeling from a disappointing road performance away to Montpellier HSC. So, how did they rebound from a terrible showing on the road? Home-cook some game opposition in the shade of Le Parc des Princes, of course! And in true time-honored Parisian fashion, the Rouge et Bleu did it with style…with Edinson Cavani and Neymar burying the hatchet, to the collective relief of those in France’s largest metropole and capital city.

Carlo Ancelotti used to manage PSG but is now the gaffer at Bayern Munich. In a meeting against one of his former clubs, the hosts wasted no time making their fans sing in a comprehensive 3-0 shutout win that gives the Parisians maximum momentum heading into their next UEFA Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht. Dani Alves opened up the scoring in the second minute of play. Edinson Cavani made it 2-0 31 minutes in before Neymar, who set up the Alves goal, slammed the door shut in the 63rd minute.

“We didn’t have the power to avoid their counter,” said Ancelotti after the match. “In the first half, we had good control of the game, good possession, some chances. We were not dangerous enough and we didn’t have balance. They played the whole game looking for the counterattacks and we couldn’t control that.”

“We knew about their counter attacking strengths before the game,” said Arjen Robben, who came off the bench for the visitors. “But when we push forward we give them space. It’s not always easy to defend against that. When you lose 3-0 in the Champions League, it’s always tough to take.”

Despite 63 percent possession compared to 37 percent for PSG as well as 18 corners to Paris’s lone corner, Bayern were outshot 18-14 and picked up four yellow cards. Paris could have done better with the chances given but they were clinical enough in the end and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola was clinical himself in front of goal with six saves to secure a big-time shutout over the defending Bundesliga champions.

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Paris will look to wrap up a strong September with a Saturday contest with Jocelyn Gourvennec’s Girondins de Bordeaus at Le Parc. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. The live blog starts at 6 a.m. PT/9 a.m. ET.

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