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Inside PSG’s dressing-room celebrations after Bayern win as Mbappe dances on table while team-mates soak him with water


KYLIAN MBAPPE danced on the table while team-mates soaked him in water as Paris Saint-Germain celebrated reaching the Champions League semi-finals.

Idrissa Gueye and captain Presnel Kimpembe joined the striker leading the party in the middle of the dressing room.

Kylian Mbappe led the celebrations as PSG knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League

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Kylian Mbappe led the celebrations as PSG knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions LeagueCredit: Instagram / @k.mbappe
Neymar was clearly buzzing to get revenge for the defeat in last year's final

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Neymar was clearly buzzing to get revenge for the defeat in last year’s finalCredit: Instagram / @btsport
Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi congratulated goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the win

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Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi congratulated goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the winCredit: Instagram / @btsport

There was plenty of reason for the jubilation – despite a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on the night at the Parc des Princes.

PSG may be wondering how they didn’t score in their home stadium with ten attempts – including two with which Neymar struck the woodwork.

The result ensured a 3-3 aggregate score, with PSG’s treble in Munich securing their passage on away goals and burying the demons from the 2020 final.

Neymar, Mbappe and their PSG pals kept their celebrations respectfully muted on the pitch after the full-time whistle.

But behind closed doors, there was nothing holding them back.

Owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo congratulated the players as they made their way through the tunnel back to the changing room – complete with plenty of roars and high-fiving.

Inspirational captain Marquinhos, who scored then limped off in the first leg, was unable to play on Tuesday night.

But he ensured he would not miss out on the scenes while Leandro Paredes went round kissing Ander Herrera and Keylor Navas on the head.

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I missed this adrenaline when I was at home… on the inside I was boiling over

Mauricio Pochettino

Then star-man Mbappe took over leading the party by getting up on the table surrounded by players, coaches and support staff who emptied water bottles over him.

Mbappe shared a stunning photo with Kimpembe, still wearing their boots, mid-jumping with water flying around them and pure joy on their faces.

Rafinha added one of the Brazilian boys, posing for the cameras with Neymar and Marquinhos.

And PSG fans had even more reason to celebrate when Neymar committed his future to the club before Al-Khelaifi assured supporters the £198million man and Mbappe ‘have no excuse to leave’.

The world’s most expensive footballer told TNT Sports Brazil: “I don’t think this is even a topic anymore, I obviously feel very comfortable, at home at PSG.

“I feel happier than before.”

A thumbs up from Mbappe for a job well done by his team

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A thumbs up from Mbappe for a job well done by his teamCredit: Instagram / @btsport
Presnel Kimpembe, captain on the night, took a moment to let it all sink in

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Presnel Kimpembe, captain on the night, took a moment to let it all sink inCredit: Instagram / @btsport
The superstar forward was right in the middle of the joyous scenes in the home changing room

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The superstar forward was right in the middle of the joyous scenes in the home changing roomCredit: Instagram / @btsport

Manager Mauricio Pochettino was not at the thick of the chaotic scenes in the dressing room – but was no doubt ready for a lie down after a stressful 90 minutes masterminding his side’s progress.

He said: “When you are on the touchline, really close to the pitch, it is not easy to enjoy it but I try.

“Every time, I am calm outside – but inside you have the stress of the competition. That is the adrenaline that we love to feel, but tonight was a fantastic game.

“I missed this adrenaline when I was at home. This is the greatest club competition, so obviously I was nervous. On the inside, I was boiling over.

“I’m happy for the players, the staff and the club – for the president and Leonardo as well. It’s nice to share this moment of happiness together.”

Marquinhos was injured for the second leg but made sure he was there to celebrate his side's progression

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Marquinhos was injured for the second leg but made sure he was there to celebrate his side’s progressionCredit: Instagram / @btsport
Argentine pair Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi will be dreaming of going all the way and winning the Champions League

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Argentine pair Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi will be dreaming of going all the way and winning the Champions LeagueCredit: Instagram / @btsport
The reaction at full-time was rather muted from the PSG players

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The reaction at full-time was rather muted from the PSG playersCredit: AFP
Boss Mauricio Pochettino congratulated Neymar as he headed down the tunnel

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Boss Mauricio Pochettino congratulated Neymar as he headed down the tunnelCredit: Getty
PSG hang on to knock out Champions League holders Bayern Munich





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