Match report inspires PSG to Champions League victory in Barcelona as Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick; Lionel Messi opened penalty spot scoring; Mbappe’s treble plus Moise Kean’s header stunned Barcelona; Mauricio Pochettino’s side took big advantage of the last-16 second-leg tie on March 10.
In the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash, Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick inspired Paris Saint-Germain to an emphatic 4-1 Barcelona win.
Lionel Messi (27) gave Barca the lead from the penalty spot in what was an open first half at the Nou Camp after Frenkie de Jong had his heels clipped by Layvin Kurzawa before Mbappe replied five minutes later for the visitors, who were without Neymar and Di Maria.
PSG took over after the break and Mbappe (65) added his second of the night before Moise Kean, who is on Everton’s loan, extended the French side’s advantage.
Mbappe (85) then created a superb curved finish to leave Barcelona shocked, rounding off the side of Mauricio Pochettino with a spectacular evening.
It leaves Barca on March 10, four years after the sides’ unforgettable last-16 clash in which the La Liga outfit recovered from a 4-0 first-leg defeat in France by winning the second 6-1 at the Nou Camp, needing another major recovery going into the second leg at the Parc des Princes.
PSG started brightly, with the speed of Mbappe causing immediate problems with the Barcelona defense. The French forward tried to latch over the top on Marco Verratti’s pass, but Marc-André ter Stegen was off his line quickly to clear for the hosts.
It was Barca who created the first clear opening amid a confident beginning from the visitors. To begin the transfer, Messi fell deep, playing the ball against Pedri, who then slid into Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman, however, scuffed his shot, enabling Keylor Navas at his near post to make a simple block.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen (7), Dest (5), Pique (6), Lenglet (5), Jordi Alba (6), De Jong (6), Sergio Busquets (5), Pedri (6), Griezmann (5), Messi (6), Dembele (5).
Subs: Mingueza (6), Tincao (n/a), Puig(n/a), Pjanic (n/a), Braithwaite (n/a).
PSG: Navas (7), Florenzi (7), Marquinhos (7), Kimpembe (7), Kurzawa (8), Paredes (8), Gueye (6), Kean (8), Verratti (8), Mbappe (9), Icardi (7).
Subs: Herrera (7), Draxler (7), Pereira (n/a), Kehrer (n/a).
Man of the match: Kylian Mbappe.
What the managers said…
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman: “Surely the result reflects how superior they have been. In the second half, we had problems defensively. They proved physically to be very superior to us.
“We have to admit that they have been superior. They have shown that they have a more complete team than us. We have to accept it, improve things. We know that this can happen because we play against a great team, a physical team, with experience… for many things, that is ahead of us.
“A 1-4 defeat is normally very difficult. I can lie to you but losing at home 1-4, there are very few options. The game has shown us that we lack things to be at the best level, especially at the Champions League level.”
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino on Mbappe’s display: “Yesterday, at training, he asked me how many times I had won at the Camp Nou. Once, I told him. He replied to me: ‘Tomorrow, we are going to win a second time.’ He is a top player.”