Paris Saint-Germain has taken a big step toward the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals with a 4-1 win away at Barcelona on Tuesday. Kylian Mbappe racked up a hat technique and Moise Kean added one as Mauricio Pochettino’s males came from a goal to penalize Ronald Koeman’s squeaking defense.
It was an enthralling first half of football as both sides found the back of the net as well as created chances that they were incapable to take. Barca continues ahead with the best Lionel Messi penalty after Layvin Kurzawa was judged to have actually stumbled Antoine Griezmann in the penalty area but PSG countered through Mbappe who fired high previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen from a sublime Marco Verratti aid.
“Mbappe, who had not scored in the Champions League knockouts for two years before Tuesday, smashed PSG into the lead in the 65th minute while Moise Kean took advantage of some woeful Barca marking to head in a third goal for the visitors in the 70th.
The insatiable Mbappe looked hungry for more though and after being denied his third goal by Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, he completed his treble in the 85th minute by curling the ball past the German into the top corner.
Barca overcame a 4-0 defeat to PSG in a last-16 first leg in 2017 by winning the second leg at home 6-1 and the Catalans now face another daunting task in turning this tie around when they visit the Parc des Princes on March 10.
Barcelona went into the game crowing from a run of seven La Liga wins in a row but, while they were boosted by the return of serial winner Gerard Pique in defence after nearly three months out, they were blown away by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.”Source