Mbappé show at Camp Nou: PSG shoots Barça in the first leg

  • Title : Mbappé show at Camp Nou: PSG shoots Barça in the first leg
Date: 17 Feb 2021    


Paris Saint-Germain opened the door to the Champions League quarter-finals wide. Thanks to Kylian Mbappé, the 4-1 win at FC Barcelona was also well deserved.


Although last year's finalists Neymar and di Maria were missing two of their best players, PSG started dominantly at Camp Nou. As the game continued, both grandees acted at eye level - and became much more active after a sampling phase: The Griezmann staged by Pedri failed from an acute angle to Navas (14th), on the other side Pedri caught Icardi's low shot, which had already overcome Ter Stegen , before the line from (19.).

Hail of opportunities before the break

Afterwards, Barça put the French to sleep a little with longer ball relays, before a steep flying ball surprised PSG: Kurzawa unhappily ran over de Jong, captain Messi easily converted the penalty (27). Two minutes later, Dembelé left the double strike - Paris equalized instead: Verratti elegantly passed a cross pass from Kurzawa to Mbappé, who rounded Lenglet and scored the 1-1 from a few meters (32nd).

Griezmann (37th) over there and Kurzawa (35th), Kean (38th) and Icardi after Ter Stegen uncertainty (45th) missed further goals before the break. After an intense and balanced first half, both teams were tied.

Mbappé's third goal is his best

At the beginning of the second section, the guests in particular kept the pace up again. In Mbappé's 20-meter bounce, not much was missing (47th), Ter Stegen parried Kean's deflected oblique shot (50th). PSG became overweight, were more dynamic and therefore more dangerous - and closer to the lead. Barcelona's best chance for a long time was a free kick from the inconspicuous Messi, who shot into the wall (59th).

Last year's finalist went to work with a completely different consistency. Paredes sent Florenzi from the center circle into the penalty area, whose cross pass Piqué could not clear. Mbappé dusted off, 2-1 for Paris (65th). And the guests didn't let up, but Barcelona also made it too easy for them: Kean was allowed to head a free-kick flank from four meters (70th). Because Barça advanced in the final phase, but even then no longer became mandatory, there were spaces to counter. Mbappé completed one of these counter-attacks in the end like a dream - from 14 meters into the bend to the 4-1 final score (85th).