Mbappe nets twice to send PSG into Champions League semis amid Barcelona implosion


Mbappe nets twice to send PSG into Champions League semis amid Barcelona implosion

Kylian Mbappe celebrates his first of the night in Spain
Kylian Mbappe celebrates his first of the night in SpainAFP
Paris Saint-Germain overcame their deficit on the night and in the tie to beat Barcelona 6-4 on aggregate to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Their 4-1 success in Catalonia also continued an intriguing trend of the home side on the day not winning any of the last four meetings.

This fixture has offered up fascinating matches in recent years and it was clear from the off that this would be no different.

Barcelona scored from their first notable attack to extend their lead from the first leg just 12 minutes in, as Lamine Yamal glided past Nuno Mendes and cut back a ball that was touched home by Raphinha.

The Brazilian then fizzed in a cross that Mendes couldn’t convincingly clear and Robert Lewandowski fired over the crossbar, before Kylian Mbappe saw two efforts in quick succession instinctively denied.

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Les Parisiens were offered hope in the 29th minute, though, as Ronald Araujo was sent off for bringing down Bradley Barcola when he was the last man, with Yamal the player sacrificed so that Inigo Martinez could bolster the hosts’ backline.

Determined to drag his side back into the tie, Barcola then delivered a cross that Ousmane Dembele sent crashing into the Barca net after having his every touch vehemently booed by his former fans.

Undeterred by the reception, Dembele came agonisingly close to a second on the night moments before the break.

Barca were dealt two more scares shortly after the restart, as Achraf Hakimi’s strike was awkwardly tipped over by Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Fabian Ruiz fired agonisingly wide.

PSG kept coming though, and levelled the tie in the 54th minute when a corner routine culminated in Vitinha finding space and sending a pinpoint strike into the bottom corner. 

Vitinha celebrates his goal
Vitinha celebrates his goalProfimedia

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez was then sent off after losing his head on the touchline, and things got even worse for the hosts when Joao Cancelo lunged in on Dembele to concede a penalty that Mbappe clinically converted for his 40th goal of the season - sending the visitors into an aggregate lead.

The hosts eventually pushed forward themselves, but Gianluigi Donnarumma made an impressive save from Lewandowski’s strike before Marquinhos rushed in to clear ahead of Ferran Torres.

Moments after Raphinha’s corner hit the crossbar, Mbappe struck to ensure that PSG won a UEFA tie after losing the first leg at home for the first time in eight attempts, maintaining hope of the elusive Champions League title they crave.

Champions League top scorers
Champions League top scorersStatsperform, AFP

They also denied Barcelona their first semi-final in this competition since 2019, with the Blaugrana failing to go through after winning the first leg away in European competition for just the third time in 40 occasions.

Flashscore Man of the Match: Ousmane Dembele (Paris Saint-Germain)

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