David Alaba’s sporting gesture to Brazilian star Neymar eight months ago was repaid earlier this week after defending champion Bayern Munich’s exit from the UEFA Champions League.
Bayern’s reign as European champions ended Tuesday, April 13 (Wednesday, April 14 Manila time) after Neymar and French side Paris Saint-German won their two-legged quarterfinal affair.
Shortly after the final whistle was blown in the return leg in Paris, Neymar consoled the Fil-Austrian Alaba in a role reversal of their post-match moment in the Champions League Final last August.
It would be recalled that Alaba was seen offering encouraging words to an emotional Neymar after Bayern beat PSG, 1-0, in the Final held in Portugal.
PSG, however, got the better end of Bayern this time, first taking the opening leg with a 3-2 victory in Munich last week.
Bayern took the return match, 1-0, resulting in a 3-3 aggregate. PSG, however, advanced because of the away goals rule.
PSG will face English Premier League leader Manchester City in a two-legged semifinal slated April 28 and May 4 while Bayern resumes its domestic campaign in the German Bundesliga where it leads the table by five points over RB Leipzig with six matches left.
As for Alaba, the loss is likely to be his last Champions League match in a Bayern kit amid plenty of rumors going into the summer transfer window.
Media reports in Europe have been hinting possible moves to top clubs like Real Madrid and Chelsea.