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Despite a 1-0 home loss, Paris Saint-Germain still eliminates Bayern Munich on away goals with 3-3 aggregate to advance to the Champions League semifinals.

PARIS, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain still secured a spot in the Champions League semifinals on away goals with an aggregate score of 3-3.

PSG took sweet revenge on the German giant with last season's final in the European elite club event defeat still fresh in the memory when the French powerhouse was beaten by 1-0 in its debut in the tournament's final.

"I'm really, really happy because the players deserve that. All the staff that is here too because they suffered a lot last year with the final and I think the players deserve massive credit and I'm so happy for them," said PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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Former PSG striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the goal for Bayern from a counter-attack in the first half, only minutes after Neymar missed several chances with one attempt hitting the crossbar and another hitting the post.

"We came up against a great team. We are also a great team and we showed it tonight. We have eliminated the champions of Europe," the Brazilian star said.

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"This (renewal with PSG) is no longer an issue. Obviously, I feel very comfortable and at home here at PSG. I feel happier than I was before," added Neymar, whose words will be a relief for PSG fans.

Bayern had to play without its injured lethal striker Robert Lewandowski, which meant the side was lackluster up front.

"Normally, my team has so much quality in the final third, but today they were lacking that final punch. We have to accept that, even though we would have liked a different outcome," said Bayern coach Hansi Flick who added that he would decide on his future at the club at the end of the season.

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Next for PSG will be the winner between another German outfit Dortmund and Premier League side Manchester City. The English team travels to Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday with a 2-1 home victory from the first leg.

"I have no preference for the opponent (between City and Dortmund)," Pochettino said about the future match.

"I do not think (PSG is the title favorite). We eliminated Barcelona in the round of 16. We knocked out Bayern in those two matches, but that doesn't mean we have become the favorite. Chelsea is qualified, tomorrow we will see who from Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund, and Manchester City qualify. But they have as much chance as us for the final victory," the Argentine added.

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