Kylian Mbappe scored a brilliant goal in stoppage time as Paris St-Germain beat 13-time Champions League winners Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie.
Just when it looked like we were set for a 0-0 draw, up pops Kylian Mbappe with a bit of absolute magic.
The French attacker, linked with a summer move to Los Blancos, scored a dramatic added time winner, splitting defenders after a pass from Neymar before nutmegging Thibaut Courtois for the 1-0 victory.
The Parisians were by far the sharper and more threatening team, but a lack of quality chances and some inspired saves by Courtois looked set to cement a draw. Lionel Messi saw his second-half penalty kick saved by Courtois, marking the first time he has ever missed a penalty against the familiar foe. Messi had converted all six previous penalties against Los Blancos while playing for Barcelona. Courtois also denied Mbappe’s second-best chance on goal, going low to push out a pacey effort.
But it was the final big moment of the match where Mbappe delivered, getting between Eder Militao and Lucas Vazquez with incredible pace and technical ability to set up the winner. The victory puts PSG on the brink of a spot in the quarterfinals, needing just a draw in the second leg.
While Real largely defended well outside of a shocking display by Dani Carvajal and that last lapse in play, Los Blancos did not ever look like a threat to score. They finished the match with just three shots and an xG of 0.14. Real had recorded over 10 shots in 33 of their last 34 matches. Their xG was also by far their lowest of the season in all competitions and also their lowest in years. Going back to the 2018-19 season, their lowest xG recorded was 0.41 against Huesca on Dec. 9, nearly three times more than they recorded on Tuesday.
The second leg between this two is set for March 9 at 3 p.m. ET from the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
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