PSG’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Paris
Kylian Mbappe has Paris Saint-Germain one step closer to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after a 4-1 win over Barcelona.
Mbappe tallied a hat trick at the Camp Nou on Tuesday to help PSG win the first leg of the round-of-16 tie.
The Ligue 1 club was short-handed with Neymar ruled out because of a hip injury, but the attack thrived even without the Brazilian. The team will now try to hold the lead through the second leg set for March 10 at the Parc des Princes.
Lionel Messi scored the opening goal of the match, but Barcelona couldn’t keep up in the second half, putting them in danger of their earliest elimination in this event since 2007.
Even with proven stars all over the pitch, Mbappe stood out in this match with the ability to do nearly anything he wanted with the ball.
He scored three goals, including the equalizer in the first half and the go-ahead goal in the second to play a key role in PSG’s victory. Continue reading