|Kyllian Mbappe celebrates after scoring a late winner in the champions league against Real Madrid. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
On a night everything seemed to work against Paris Saint-Germain, Kyllian Mbappe proved the little boy is now a man has he saved the blushes of the reigning Balon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi who missed from the spot.
Real Madrid traveled to Paris for the first leg of the round
of 16 fixture in the Champions League with the visitors welcoming back key
figures like Luka Modric and Karim Benzema back to their starting line up after
the two missed out of their weekend La Liga games.
It was PSG that looked lively all game on with Mbappe
forcing saves after saves out of Thibaut Courtois in the Madrid goal. Angel Di
Maria should have opened the scoring as early as the 5th minute when
he blazed over from a neat work from Mbappe.
The first half ended goalless with the hosts wondering how,
Real Madrid didn’t offer much going forward, but they did good job containing
the 2020 finalists and they would be grateful to their goalkeeper who was
instrumental to the halftime clean sheet.
PSG had a life line around the hour mark when Dani Carvajal
fouled Mbappe in the area and a penalty was awarded, Messi’s tame effort was
parried away by the Belgian. “I’d studied Messi’s penalties a lot, I tried to
play with him on the line and of course, you need a bit of luck to”, Courtois
said after the match.
With 20minutes left on the clock, Mauricio Pochettino in the
home dugout introduced Neymar, it was the Brazilian that opened up Real Madrid
with a back heel deep into extra time to hand Mbappe the chance to dance around
two defenders and side-foot home.
was a great game for us and I'm always ready to help my team, there are no
distractions," said Mbappe, who has now scored 13 goals in his past 13
Champions League matches.
Mendy and Casemiro will both miss the second leg on the 9th of March
at Madrid’s new Santiago Bernabeu, it’s a final for them and according to coach
Carlo Ancelotti, “we’re not dead yet and it’s not over, we’ll give it