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 By Mark Lovell

Woeful James Rodriguez gets 4/10 for Bayern in defeat to Paris Saint-Germain

Bayern Munich were shredded on the counter-attack by the new money of Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, slipping to a crushing 3-0 Champions League defeat.

Brazil international Neymar waltzed through a static Bayern defence after only 86 seconds to lay the first goal on a plate for Dani Alves, who fired through the legs of backup goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

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The German champions' defence was regularly all at sea, with the soaring pace of PSG's front line often proving too much to handle. Kylian Mbappe turned provider for Edinson Cavani to curl home a second just after the half-hour mark.

Neymar poked home a third on 63 minutes as Mbappe once again made the Bayern back line look rather amateurish.

This was always going to be a massive test of their Champions League credentials, and Bayern came up way short.


No one was injured, and there was another very miniscule consolation: Despite a crushing defeat in their first meeting with the Ligue 1 runners-up since 2000, Bayern will still easily qualify from the group.


Bayern's defence was always going to have their troubles against Neymar & Co., and they got off to the worst possible start on their way to a tepid 3-0 defeat. Let us be honest: It could have been more, as Neymar did not have a great game by his standards.

Manager rating out of 10

4 -- Carlo Ancelotti went all-in, making six changes, against his former employer. Bayern's defence were always going to have their troubles against PSG, but Ancelotti made life unnecessarily tough for his side by leaving Mats Hummels on the bench. This glaring error was soon compounded as the Bavarians endured a nightmare start. A fit Arjen Robben should never be on the bench, either.

Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Sven Ulreich, 5 -- A second defeat in only his third Champions League game. At fault for the first two goals, with little of Manuel Neuer's calming reassurance. Likes to perform a majestic dive while grasping at thin air.

DF David Alaba, 5 -- Thrown in at the deep end immediately after recovering from an ankle injury. Did most of his best work offensively rather than shoring up the left-hand side of defence on his return. Left rather embarrassed by the sheer brilliance of Mbappe for the third and final goal.

DF Niklas Sule, 6 -- Surprisingly replaced Hummels in central defence. Far from as elegant, classy, or as pleasing to the eye as Hummels, and the new signing from Hoffenheim could not be faulted for effort on a difficult night for Bayern.

With an overmatched defence in front of him, Sven Ulreich saw PSG strike three times.

DF Javi Martinez, 5 -- Never scored in the Champions League but nearly broke his drought with a rasping shot from the edge of the box after 18 minutes. Unfortunately, most of his best work was from set pieces and not in his own defensive area, other than a brilliant, last-ditch clearance to deny Cavani. He was regularly exposed by the raw pace of PSG's front-line trio.

DF Joshua Kimmich, 6 -- Neymar did not have a marvellous game; some credit is due to Kimmich, who, having picked up a yellow midway through the first half for hacking down Adrien Rabiot, successfully spent the rest of the game walking the red-card tightrope.

MF Corentin Tolisso, 5 -- Ineffective on his return to his homeland, where he starred for Lyon before his record move to Bayern in the summer.

MF Arturo Vidal, 5 -- Back from suspension (after his red card in the Bernabeu) but failed to provide any solidity in midfield.

MF Thiago, 5 -- Rushed back from injury but offered only a limp display, summed up by picking up a yellow card for a deliberate handball after hurriedly giving the ball away in the second half.

MF James Rodriguez, 4 -- A flat performance from the Colombia national who was brought in by Ancelotti to make a difference on the big European nights. Sacrificed at half-time, he failed this audition, showing why he was often a token substitute at Real Madrid.

MF Thomas Muller, 6 -- Bayern's captain toiled industriously in his indomitable fashion, but their record Champions League scorer didn't get a chance to add to his tally and even cut his knee, the poor bloke.

FW Robert Lewandowski, 6 -- Always gave hope that a goal was around the corner, coming close to scoring in each half, even with the last kick of the game from a free kick. However, by going goalless on the big occasion once again, he failed to justify his notion that he's a candidate for a Neymar-like fantasy transfer fee.


MF Kingsley Coman, 6 -- The young France national replaced the invisible James at the break, returning to the club where Ancelotti handed him his professional debut for PSG as a 16-year-old. Full of running and brought out the best in PSG keeper Alphonse Areola in the closing stages.

MF Sebastian Rudy, 5 -- Replaced the unproductive Tolisso at the break, but at 2-0 down there no hope of repairing the damage. Lucky to avoid getting sent off after a host of rude fouls late. Obviously, the ref had pity on Bayern.

MF Arjen Robben, 6 -- Took over the captaincy from the man he replaced, Muller, but could not provide any inspiration on a terrible night in Paris.

Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.


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