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Champions League: PSG knockout Bayern, Chelsea edge Porto

Paris Saint-Germain knocked holders Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on Tuesday despite Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scoring against his old club in a 1-0 defeat that was insufficient to prevent the French giants from winning on away goals.

Neymar twice hit the woodwork for PSG in the first half and Choupo-Moting then put Bayern in front five minutes before the break.

But the reigning European champions could not get the second goal they needed after losing 3-2 at home in the first leg last week.

It was sweet revenge for PSG following their 1-0 defeat in last season’s final in Lisbon, and the dream of winning a first European Cup remains alive for the big spending Parisians.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team, who had already eliminated Barcelona in the last 16, can now look forward to a semifinal against Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund.

Elsewhere, Chelsea reached the semifinals for the first time since 2014 despite a 1-0 defeat against Porto in the quarter-final second leg at Sevilla’s Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Chelsea smothered Porto with an intelligent defensive approach until Mehdi Taremi’s stunning bicycle kick in the last minute of stoppage time.

That sublime strike was out of character with the rest of Porto’s display as they laboured to overturn the 2-0 first-leg deficit.

Thomas Tuchel’s side will play Real Madrid or Liverpool for a place in the final after producing a masterclass in game management to win 2-1 on aggregate in Seville.

Real travel to Anfield on Wednesday looking to protect a 3-1 lead from the first leg.

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