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PSG 1-0 Real Madrid:Mbappe 94th minute magic earn ‘Les Parisiens’ slim advantage



Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 Real Madrid: At the death, Neymar’s clever back-heel releases Kylian Mbappe down the left flank, and the France international fast feet see him slip past two players before side-footing in through Courtois’ legs.


In-depth match report and analysis between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid; French Forward Kylian Mbappe last-gasp strike saw PSG defeat Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Uefa Champions League last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes.


mbappe 94th minute magic earn PSG a 1-0 win over Real Madrid


Paris Saint-Germain defeated Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League last 16 with a sensational 94th-minute winner by Kylian Mbappe. The contest appeared to be heading for a goalless draw after Lionel Messi’s earlier penalty miss, but a moment of brilliance gave ‘Les Parisiens’ the lead heading into the second leg and a slender advantage.


PSG 1-0 Real Madrid: It looked to be heading for a frustrating goalless draw in the French capital after Lionel Messi had seen his 62nd-minute penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois.


Kylian Mbappe launched the initial onslaught, tormenting Dani Carvajal before squaring to Angel Di Maria, who rocketed his effort over the bar. Mbappé, who has been linked with a summer move to ‘Los Blancos,’ was showing his suitors what they could be getting when he found himself behind again, only to be denied by Thibaut Courtois after a tame shot.

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In the first half, PSG appeared to be a step faster than their more seasoned opponents, but the visitors’ experience took the sting out of Mauricio Pochettino’s side as halftime approached.


After the interval, the hosts were quick out of the blocks, creating their best chance within five minutes of the restart. Mbappé had a shot on goal thanks to incisive interaction on the edge of the area, but Courtois came down smartly to his right to deny the Frenchman.


Carvajal’s resistance was ultimately broken on the hour mark, when he chopped down Mbappe inside the box, negating the need for a VAR review. Messi, Real’s nemesis, would take the kick from 12 yards, which was fitting. Messi fluffed his lines in his 46th encounter with the Spanish giants, and his first since leaving FC Barcelona, as Courtois comfortably denied him from the spot.


Mbappe came agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock once more, curling a close-range effort from the left agonisingly wide. The 23-year-old had threatened to do it all night, but it took a world-class performance in stoppage time to win the game.


Neymar’s clever flick created space on the left for the Frenchman, who then slalomed between Éder Milito and Lucas Vázquez to finish beautifully. Real lost in the last 16 for only the second time in their past 12, putting them up against an uphill fight in the second leg.

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  • Kylian Mbappe’s 90th-minute winner for Paris Saint-Germain was only the second 90th-minute winning goal surrendered by Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, following Mirko Vucinic’s strike for Roma in March 2008.


  • After Eric Maxim Choupo-90th-minute Moting’s goal against Atalanta in August 2020, Paris Saint-Germain won a UEFA Champions League knockout match via a 90th-minute winner tonight (quarter-final) for the second time.


  • Since 2003-04 (when Opta shot data was available), Real Madrid has only failed to score a goal in two UEFA Champions League games, both against Paris Saint-Germain (also Sept 2019).


  • For the first time in club history, Real Madrid has failed to score in three consecutive away knockout matches in the UEFA Champions League (excluding neutral).


  • In 52 Champions League appearances, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain has been personally involved in 52 goals (32 goals, 20 assists).
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  • Lionel Messi of PSG has failed to score in each of his previous eight games against Real Madrid in all competitions, and his last goal against them was 695 minutes ago (May 2018).


  • Lionel Messi’s past two Champions League penalty failures have been at Parc Des Princes, with Barcelona in March 2021 and PSG tonight. No player has failed to score more penalties than the Argentinean since his first season in the tournament (2004-05). (5).


  • Thibaut Courtois, the goalkeeper for Real Madrid, made his first-ever penalty save in the UEFA Champions League, with Messi’s effort being his fourth in the competition.




Kylian Mbappe(PSG)




  • In attack, the Ligue 1 giant started with Angel Di Maria returning alongside Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. Meanwhile, Neymar returned to the bench after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in November. For the hosts, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italy’s No. 1 goalkeeper, was also in goal.


  • In the meantime, Luka Modric, Ferland Mendy, and Karim Benzema all returned for the visitors. after starting the weekend draw with Villarreal, Gareth Bale was relegated to the bench.




In Ligue 1, PSG travels to Nantes, while Real hosts Alaves in La Liga, with both games starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday.