Mbappé was a constant threat as Neymar had two assists as the French champion responded to his 1-0 loss to Bayern in last year’s final.

Kylian Mbappé scored twice to lead Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Mbappé was a constant threat as Neymar had two assists as the French champion responded to his 1-0 loss to Bayern in last year’s final by taking the lead ahead of the second leg in Paris this week next.

Marquinhos scored the other goal as the visitors led 2-0 in the first half hour, but the PSG captain suffered an injury soon after and Bayern responded thanks to Eric Maxim Choupo’s headers -Moting and Thomas Müller.

Mbappé sealed the victory with his eighth goal of the competition in the 68th.

Choupo-Moting started ahead for Bayern, who were without top scorer Robert Lewandowski due to a knee injury and Serge Gnabry due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Visitors have also had absences due to COVID-19, with Marco Verratti and Alessandro Florenzi both infected. Coach Mauricio Pochettino was also without striker Mauro Icardi and suspended Leandro Paredes, as well as Layvin Kurzawa and former Bayern player Juan Bernat.

Bayern got off to a good start amid heavy snowfall with Choupo-Moting hitting the crossbar with a header from a corner in the second minute.

Mbappé scored the next minute, set up by Neymar on a quick counterattack, when his shot from the right wiggled between the legs of Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer.

The visitors had the ball in the net again in the 12th, but Julian Draxler’s goal was ruled out by VAR as Mbappé was just offside in the build-up.

Bayern responded with sustained pressure. Keylor Navas was on alert to deny Léon Goretzka in the 19th, then Benjamin Pavard a minute later.

Choupo-Moting moved closer to another corner before Marquinhos scored with the visitors’ legitimate second effort on goal. Neymar broke Bayern’s offside trap with a shiny ball over the top for his compatriot Brazil to carry it 2-0 in the 28th.

But Marquinhos injured his groin two minutes later – a blow to the visitors who were forced to move midfielder Danilo to defend themselves.

Bayern’s Goretzka was injured for Alphonso Davies soon after.

PSG paid the price for Marquinhos’ absence in the 37th, when Benjamin Pavard was left free to cross for the banal Choupo-Moting to head for the left post.

Bayern had to make another change before the break with Jérôme Boateng replacing the injured Niklas Süle.

Müller equalized with a header on Joshua Kimmich’s free kick on time, but Mbappé struck again despite his clash at Boateng in the 68th. The French star simply shot between the legs of the Bayern defender past the wrong foot Neuer inside the left post.

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