With Robert Lewandowski likely to miss the return leg against PSG, the Cameroonian has to step up in front of goal in Europe and domestically
When Bayern Munich halved the deficit against Paris-Saint Germain last week, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s evident bellow was, in part, down to netting against his old friends but, greatly, due to how a missed opportunity early on could have changed the course of the tie.
The Cameroon frontman had hit the woodwork from a Joshua Kimmich corner in the opening two minutes and Kylian Mbappe punished that failure seconds later to put the Parisians 1-0 up which changed the entire tone of the game in the Munich snow.
Admittedly, it would be unfair to blame what transpired on the striker, who was selected to deputise for the legendary Robert Lewandowski, due to the difficulty of that early header. If anything, the ex-PSG forward’s effort – an improvised back-of-the-head flick – was inventive and probably deserved to go in owing to the quick-thinking and execution.