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It simply had to be him!
All the talk ahead of PSG's Champions League last 16 games with Real Madrid was about Kylian Mbappe's potential move to the Bernabeu this summer.
The World Cup winner was brilliant from the moment the game kicked off and looked like the most likely man to score all night, but time was certainly running out.
With just one minute left of injury time in the game, and Real looking to take a 0-0 draw back to Madrid, the 23-year-old forward took the perfect moment to come up with a moment of truly sublime skill.
Mbappe got the ball from Neymar, jinxed in between two opposing defenders and then slid the ball in between Thibaut Courtois' legs to make it 1-0 with a piece of pure magic.
KYLIAN MBAPPE MAKES IT 1-0 FOR PSG IN THE 94TH MINUTE!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 15, 2022
WOW! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/L3mIAlB4AF
Mbappe forced Dani Carvajal to commit the foul for the penalty. So Lucas Vázquez came on as a sub, and then Mbappe beat him for the winning goal. That’s tough.— Zito (@_Zeets) February 15, 2022
Kylian Mbappe saving Lionel Messi from ruining the game pic.twitter.com/rYkaMcaekx— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 15, 2022
Mbappe seeing he was 1 v 1 against Lucas Vazquez pic.twitter.com/cooNy3qk21— . (@Nigerianscamsss) February 15, 2022
Mbappe had easily been the best player on the pitch, as Real failed to really get going when it came to anything even considered attacking intent.
With no away goals in the Champions League any more, Carlo Ancelotti's team looked content to take a goalless draw into the second leg in a few weeks time.
Their plan seemed to be going fine in the first half, with Courtois only having to make one save, which was one more than Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Los Blancos' keeper did have more to do in the second half but it looked like he'd passed his biggest test of the game, when he saved from the penalty spot.
Dani Carvajal, who had really had a tough night against Mbappe, tripped the former Monaco man and Messi had the chance to score his 126th Champions League goal, but instead tied Thierry Henry with the most penalty misses in the tournament.
With his contract up in the summer, it's expected that Mbappe is going to leave the Parc des Princes and move to Real in the summer.
There was talk, when the draw for the last 16 was made, that the Spanish giants would wait until after the tie to make any move for him, to keep relations between the sides respectful.
After Tuesday night's late winner, Real will be wishing that PSG had accepted their transfer bid for the forward last summer.
It simply had to be him!
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