Champions League: Barcelona 1-4 Paris St-Germain
Paris Saint Germain came from behind to beat Barcelona in Spain on Tuesday night. The Parisians outclassed their opponents in the first leg of their round of 16 tie, coming from a goal down to record a famous 4-1 away win.
Kylian Mbappe was the star of the show in Camp Nou, bagging a hat trick as Paris ran riot. Going by the outcome of the last meeting between the two teams in the Champions league, this tie is far from over. However, it was a dominant performance by the Parisians who stunned their hosts. There is still more work to do in the second leg, but Maurico Pochettino’s men have one leg in the quarter final as things stand.
Barcelona 1-4 Paris St-Germain
PSG who were runners up in the UCL last season found themselves behind when Lionel Messi put the hosts in front midway through the first half. The 33-year-old converted a 27th minute penalty to give Barcelona the lead, but that was all from the iconic number 10 as Mbappe stole the show.
No Neymar, No Problem; Mbappe Stars As PSG thrash Barcelona 4-1
Neymar missed out on the chance to return to the Camp Nou against his former side but the visitors were able to cope without the star player. In his absence, it was fellow striker, Kylian Mbappe who rose to the occasion to put PSG in the driving seat. Pegged back by that Messi penalty, PSG found their equaliser five minutes later. Mbappe controlled Marco Veratti’s brilliant flick well, drove past Clement Lenglet before firing past Ter Stegen.
The 22-year-old was at it again for PSG’s second. This time, reacting quickest to poke in from 10 yards out after Stegen had parried a shot.
Everton’s on loan striker, Moise Kean then made it 3-1 with a 70th minute header before Mbappe completed his hat trick, firing a first time shot into the back of the net.
The Frenchman becomes just the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona. He is now the 3rd highest goalscorer in the history of Paris Saint Germain.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 16, 2021
‘PSG very superior to us’
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said after the game that PSG were superior to his side and deserved to win.
“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; 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.” –Ronald Koeman
Champions League round of 16 results:
RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool
Barcelona 1-4 PSG
In the other game on Tuesday, Liverpool beat RB Leipzig away from home. The Premier League champions won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
Juventus travel to Porto, while Sevilla host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night.