UEFA champions League: Sensational Mbappe powers PSG past Barcelona in the first leg of round of 16
|Speed demon, Kyllian Mbappe celebrates after completing his hatrick against Barcelona on Tuesday night. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
21-year-old PSG’s sensational forward, Kyllian Mbappe scored a stunning hat trick as his side overcame the pre-match rants of Neymar’s absence to thrash Barcelona 4-1 away in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Tuesday to move within full view of the quarterfinals.
Lionel Messi had blasted Barca ahead with a penalty in the first half but Mbappe pulled the French champions level with a classy piece of control and finish to complete a flowing team move also involving Marco Verratti and Layvin Kurzawa.
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, Everton misfit took advantage of some woeful Barca marking to head in a third goal for the visitors in the 70th from a set piece.
Mauro Icardi should have given last year's runners-up the lead when he strolled through on goal but the Argentine scuffed his shot and Barca's teenage midfielder Pedri recovered to clear.