You can call it a statement win from Mauricio Pochettino, a landmark defeat for Bayern Munich, or a signature finish from Kylian Mbappe, but there’s really only way to sum it all up: everything that’s actually good about the Champions League.
This game at the Munich arena was a brilliant spectacle, only amplified by the knowledge – and the tension – that it is far from over.
One of its many enthralling narrative elements was the apparent contradiction that it could well have been over had Robert Lewandoswki been playing – given the chances that Bayern missed – and that Paris Saint-Germain were good value for a brilliant win that goes some way to avenging last season’s final.
As it was, with the Polish forward injured, it was left to Mbappe to confirm a 3-2 win with another brilliant strike, on another night when he took command of the stage.
It still so often threatened to go out of control altogether, and at different points looked like it could be 0-5, 8-2 or – as seemed to be the tantalising set-up right at the end – 3-3.
The equaliser, along with a crowd to witness this, was all that was missing. It means Bayern have to try and come back away from home against a side whose supreme attacking did disrupt their pressing.
Against the pace of Neymar and Mbappe, the Germans didn’t know whether to push up or sit back. It created chaos in the opening stages, that so set up what was to follow.