Barcelona 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Mbappe's hattrick inspires PSG to emphatic victory at Nou Camp

Barcelona 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain: Mbappe's hattrick inspires PSG to emphatic victory at Nou Camp

Paris Saint-Germain came from a goal down to beat hosts Barcelona 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday evening. 

Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead from the penalty spot but a hattrick from Kylian Mbappe and a goal from Moise Kean saw PSG turn things around. 

In the 27th minute, Barcelona were awarded a penalty after De Jong was brought down inside the danger zone with the center referee pointing for the spot. There was a quick VAR check to see if there was contact and the penalty stood. 

Captain Messi stepped up and emphatically thumped the ball past Navas and into the top corner. 

Paris Saint-Germain had a perfect response as Mbappe beat Ter Stegen from close range. The Frenchman had the ball from Verratti's corner, he showed quick feet in the penalty area to shift the ball away from Lenglet before powering the ball into the roof of the net. 

In the 65th minute, the Catalans were caught out by a brilliant pass over the top by Paredes. Paredes picked out Florenzi who played a low cross with Pique failing to clear, it landed for Mbappe who guided the ball into the back of the net. There was yet again another VAR check for offside against Florenzi and the goal stood. 

Minutes later, PSG had a freekick and Paredes brilliantly whipped it in and it met Kean who headed home to make it 3-1. 

Five minutes to stoppage time, Mbappe completed his hattrick in style. The Catalans lost the ball on the edge of the PSG penalty area and in the blink of an eye, it was in the back of their own net.

Draxler was the creator, driving at the heart of the Barca defense before laying the ball off to Mbappe. The French forward did the rest, curling the ball beyond the dive of Ter Stegen and into the top corner.

The second leg will be played at Parc des Princes on March 10. 

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