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Kylian Mbappe put Paris Saint-Germain in firm control of their Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid after producing a clinical finish in the second leg at the Bernabeu.
Mbappe has been strongly linked with a move to Madrid at the end of the season and all eyes were on the France international on Wednesday night.
Mbappe was the standout performer in the first half and deservedly put PSG ahead after 39 minutes, giving them a 2-0 aggregate lead in the tie.
After being played through on goal by a first-time pass from Neymar, Mbappe beat Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a near-post finish before celebrating in trademark style.
Courtois had previously denied Mbappe twice earlier in the match, while the Frenchman had also had a goal disallowed for offside.
"Look at his body shape, he does the keeper!"— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 9, 2022
Oh Kylian Mbappe, that is pure class 🤩
The pace to attack the space followed by the coolest of finishes to put PSG ahead at the Bernabeu!#UCL pic.twitter.com/5LeGrWhnlF
PSG’s all-time top goalscorers:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 9, 2022
🇺🇾 Edinson Cavani 
🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappe *
🇸🇪 Zlatan Ibrahimovic 
Leapfrogs the big Swede… 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ZbcqoPA9C9
PSG also went close in the first half through former Barcelona star Lionel Messi, with the away side continually threatening on the counter-attack.
Madrid came close to scoring themselves through Karim Benzema but PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma magnificently denied the France international with a diving one-handed save.
After the break, Mbappe had another goal disallowed for offside before the match was spectacularly turned on its head by Benzema.
The 34-year-old scored three goals in 17 second-half minutes to snatch a 3-1 win on the night for Madrid, sending them through to the last eight with a 3-2 aggregate victory.
It was a crushing defeat for PSG and Mbappe, who had received a standing ovation from the Madrid supporters before kick-off, as speculation continues to swirl over his long-term future.
The 23-year-old forward is out of contract in the summer and could leave PSG on a free transfer.
He remains heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, who had a series of huge bids, including a €200m (£171.7m) offer, rejected by PSG last summer.