Bayern Munich serve European rivals reminder of potency

Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso celebrates scoring against Paris St-Germain

Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso celebrates scoring against Paris St-Germain

German police broke up a mass brawl after around 60 supporters of Bayern Munich and rivals Paris Saint-Germain clashed at Munich's main railway station ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match.

Unai Emery was happy but also disappointed after Paris Saint-Germain qualified for the Champions League last 16 as group winners, despite their loss at Bayern Munich.

Mueller, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Arturo Vidal were left out of the starting side, as Heynckes rotated, giving James Rodriguez, Tolisso and Coman the chance to shine against PSG.

The win represented the Belgian side's first success of the competition after five straight defeats but Celtic's previous 3-0 win at Anderlecht ensured they had the better head-to-head record.

Mbappé was PSG's most dangerous attacker and scored his fourth goal of the Champions League season.

Boateng: Honestly, not too much, as they settled for the minimum and were very clinical. Verratti chips the ball to Cavani to the right side of the area. We struggled in challenges and the Paris goals were scored too easily.

PSG's defending was too passive as former Monaco man James crossed from the left and Tolisso, ex of Lyon, headed home.

"We are getting better and better; the team now believes in itself and can now compensate for injuries".

Some have questioned Bayern fans' latest actions, however, as they aren't exactly financial minnows themselves and just like PSG, they have their own relationship with Qatari money. It's hard to come back from that against a big team.

Referee Cuneyt Cakir waved away the furious protest by Alves and Tolisso stayed on the pitch to help Bayern close out the win. "Furthermore he is a very good team player, with a great engine and strong in the tackle", Heynckes said at the postmatch news conference.

Bayern set about settling the score in determined fashion at Munich's Allianz Arena. When you spend £200m on a footballer and there is reportedly an 'abyss' (per L'Equipe) between him and the manager, it will be the manager packing his bags.

Fortunately, Neymar is no stranger to this kind of thing and he dealt with it in good grace.

Under Heynckes, who coached Bayern to the 2013 treble, the Germans look a different side to the one outplayed by the French league leaders in September.

Boateng: With City, Real Madrid and Barcelona, they're one of the main contenders.

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