Kylian Mbappé outplayed Lionel Messi as Paris Saint-Germain put Barcelona up in opposition to the ropes in the Champions League once more.
And with Mbappé in that sort of kind, it’s exhausting to see Barcelona staging one other epic comeback this time.
After Messi put Barcelona forward from the penalty spot, Mbappé netted a hat trick on the Camp Nou Stadium on Tuesday to provide PSG a 4-1 win in the primary leg of their round-of-16 matchup.
It was the staff’s first assembly since Barcelona erased a 4-0 deficit by profitable the second leg 6-1 on the identical stage of the competitors 4 years in the past. But Ronald Koeman’s staff was totally outplayed at dwelling, even with PSG lacking Brazil star Neymar, and now has to try a comeback in Paris as an alternative.
“It was a very important match for us,” Mbappé mentioned. “We wanted to come here and win. We did that in style. Tonight was magnificent, but we haven’t won anything yet.”
3 – Kylian Mbappe is barely the third participant to attain a UEFA Champions League hat-trick in opposition to Barcelona, after Faustino Asprilla for Newcastle and Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv (each in 1997). Magic. pic.twitter.com/eojfMDK7Cl
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 16, 2021
Mbappé scored 5 minutes after Messi’s opener and added two second-half objectives to grow to be the primary participant to attain an away hat trick on the Camp Nou in the Champions League since Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv in a 4-0 win in 1997.
His dominance was epitomized by the picture of Barcelona captain Gerard Pique — making his return from a long-term damage layoff — pulling at Mbappé’s shirt in an unsuccessful try at slowing down the France star as he rushed ahead in assault.
“There’s no doubt that Kylian is one of the best players in the world, despite his young age,” mentioned PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was in cost of his first Champions League recreation with the French membership, having led Tottenham to the ultimate two years in the past. “He’s already done extraordinary things. But we have to stay humble.”
Moise Kean additionally scored in the second half for PSG, final season’s finalist which seemed much more harmful than the hosts all through the match on the empty Camp Nou.
The second leg will probably be on March 10 in Paris. Liverpool defeated Leipzig 2-0 in the opposite round-of-16 match on Tuesday.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s very difficult to come back from a 4-1 first-leg loss at home,” Koeman mentioned. “They were better than us. They were very efficient, especially Mbappé. In the second half we had problems and PSG showed that they are physically much stronger than us.”
The defeat offers one other powerful blow to Barcelona, which has been struggling financially and enduring political turmoil because the embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in final season’s quarterfinals.
“We needed an almost perfect game against them and we couldn’t do it,” Barcelona ahead Antoine Griezmann mentioned. “It’s tough when they score four goals on you at the Camp Nou, but we will go to Paris to try to advance, we won’t go there just as tourists.”
Barcelona was in management early on and opened the scoring with a Twenty seventh-minute penalty after Frenkie de Jong fell in the world when his heel was clipped by defender Layvin Kurzawa.
Messi fired a left-footed shot into the highest nook for his tenth purpose in the final 10 matches. It was Messi’s report twenty eighth purpose in 31 matches in the spherical of 16 of the Champions League, in keeping with UEFA. He has scored in the event for the seventeenth consecutive 12 months — from 2005 to 2021 — to match Raúl González’s feat from 1995 to 2011.
PSG instantly pressed ahead and equalized 5 minutes later after a pleasant change of passes inside the world, with Mbappé controlling the ball and taking pictures it into the highest of the online from shut vary after a intelligent one-touch go by Marco Verratti.
Uf, horrible arguing between Piqué and Griezmann on the pitch:
Piqué: “Let’s have a long ball possession, for fu**’s sake!”
Griezmann: “Be quiet, stop shouting motherfu****”
Piqué: “No you motherfu****, we struggle and still we are running as crazy!” pic.twitter.com/JOPOgfYIjl
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 17, 2021
PSG continued to play higher and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen needed to make a number of good saves earlier than Mbappé put his staff forward from inside the world in the sixty fifth.
Kylian Mbappe humiliating Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona gamers! 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/nmtGzuh6jZ
— Mbappe FC (@OkMbappeRM) February 17, 2021
Kean added to the lead 5 minutes later with a header off a free kick, and Mbappé sealed the scoring by ending off a fast counterattack by curling a first-time shot into the far nook in the eighty fifth.