Paris-Saint Germain answered Lionel Messi’s first-half penalty kick with aplomb via a beautiful away goal at the Camp Nou in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie with Barcelona on Tuesday.
Messi converted a Frenkie de Jong-won penalty with an emphatic spot kick in the 27th minute, but PSG was quickly level.
Five minutes after the Messi goal, Mbappe delivered two scintillating finishing touches.
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Marquinhos hit a peach of a diagonal ball toward the left corner and Layvin Kurzawa — who had a sensational half — first-touched the service back into the 18.
Marco Verratti’s first-half was pretty good, too, and his outside-of-the-left-boot flick to Mbappe was perfectly settled with the first of four touches to cook Clement Lenglet.
Gerard Pique had little hope of reaching Mbappe, who smashed a vicious shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The Barcelona goalkeeper was likely hoping the ball somehow managing to hit him.
It didn’t. Wow.
KYLIAN MBAPPE 😤 pic.twitter.com/d2kx9IjCMq
— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) February 16, 2021