Kylian Mbappe Scores Brilliant Hat-Trick As PSG Beat Barcelona
Kylian Mbappe scored a brilliant hat-trick to all but guarantee PSG's safe passage into the Champions League quarter final by beating Barcelona 4-1.
No one has needed much convincing of Mbappe's talent since he burst on the scene for Monaco in the Champions League in 2017, but on Tuesday he once again showed just how good he is.
It was Lionel Messi who controversially opened the scoring from the penalty spot but after that the night belonged to Paris and Mbappe.
The Frenchman scored the equaliser on 32 minutes, showing quick feet and striking a brilliant shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with the two sides going into the break level.
Mbappe made it 2-1 in the 65th minute when Gerrard Pique failed to clear from Alessandro Florenzi's cross. The 22-year-old blasted the ball home from inside the area to put Mauricio Pochettino's side ahead.
With just five minutes left the World Cup winner rounded off his hat-trick as he brilliantly finished off a counter attack from the visiting side.
In his first ever game against Barcelona, Kylian Mbappe scores!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 16, 2021
Fancy footwork and an emphatic finish :fire: pic.twitter.com/9pvjv3gzhd
LOOK at that ball over the top from Leandro Paredes :heart_eyes:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 16, 2021
Kylian Mbappe's second of the night caught Barcelona cold!
PSG have scored three at Camp Nou without Di Maria and Neymar... pic.twitter.com/CnhMQGrtDg
In his first game at Camp Nou, and his first time facing Barcelona...- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 16, 2021
Kylian Mbappe completes a wonderful hat-trick with a SUBLIME finish
We are witnessing greatness! pic.twitter.com/7uc84LQ2nE
Kylian Mbappé is the FIRST visiting player to score 2 goals in a UCL KO match at the Camp Nou.- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 16, 2021
Baby :goat: pic.twitter.com/g6oUdrA7sw
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Verratti and Mbappe at the Camp Nou tonight pic.twitter.com/WE7Mlky5Vg- FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) February 16, 2021
Mbappe every time he sees Messi pic.twitter.com/huSxUlCKTa- :guitar: (@MarcosUltra_) February 16, 2021
The Mbappe hat-trick and abject Messi/Barca performance has given this game a real changing of the guard vibe.- Sam Farley (@FarleyWrites) February 16, 2021
Kylian Mbappé :crown:- Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) February 16, 2021
This is Kylian Mbappé's world.- Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) February 16, 2021
Mbappe when he heard Haaland comparisons pic.twitter.com/iST0Y4IwkU- Conor :flag_black: #ENICOUT (@ConorTHFC) February 16, 2021
3 - Kylian Mbappe is only the third player to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick against Barcelona, after Faustino Asprilla for Newcastle and Andriy Shevchenko for Dynamo Kyiv (both in 1997). Magic. pic.twitter.com/eojfMDK7Cl- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 16, 2021
It's yet another hammering Barcelona have taken in the Champions League, following big losses to Roma, Liverpool and Bayern Munich in recent years.
They famously came back against PSG in the last 16 in 2017, with Barca winning the second leg 6-1 to go through, but on current form that looks unlikely.
In fact with Mbappe in this mood, it might be 6-1 next time out, but to PSG.
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