Mbappé Masterclass: PSG’s Comeback Victory Seals Semifinal Spot

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PSG put on a tenacious display to take advantage of the home team’s errors and win the tie after failing to go past the round of 16 in the previous two seasons and finding themselves pressed against the ropes by a Barca team that had won the first leg 3-2.

Following the Germans’ victory against Atletico Madrid, they will take on Borussia Dortmund, whom they previously faced in the group round.

In what will likely be Mbappé’s final season in Paris, PSG capitalised on a first-half red card to Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo to maintain their chances of winning the championship.

Match Details

In their Champions League quarterfinal second leg against 10-man Barcelona, Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain scored twice in the second half to lead his team to a 4-1 comeback triumph, capping a 6-4 aggregate victory on Tuesday.

Match Details

Tuesday’s 6-4 aggregate victory saw Paris Saint-Germain come from behind to defeat 10-man Barcelona 4-1 and secure a spot in the Champions League semifinals. Kylian Mbappe scored twice in the comeback victory.

Manager Luis Enrique made three changes from the Paris loss. Bradley Barcola was a constant threat to Barca’s defence, sprinting up and down the left channel as PSG dominated from the outset, so it was imperative to bring him up front.

However, Barcelona appeared content to hold back and launch a counteroffensive, as Raphinha gave them the lead in the twelfth minute.

After taking a long pass in stride, the teenage Lamine Yamal sliced past Nuno Mendes in the right channel, setting up a plate for the Brazilian to score the game’s first goal.

After Ronald Araújo was sent off for a foul on Barcola well outside the penalty area, Barça was reduced to 10 men shortly before the half-hour mark. Robert Lewandowski then missed a close-range shot that would have extended their lead.

Araujo finally left the field after an argument between the Uruguayan defender, his Barça colleagues, and the referee. They claimed it was a shoulder charge and that Pau Cubarsí was nearby and prepared to challenge Barcola. However, their arguments were ineffective.

After a free kick was awarded, former Barcelona star Ousmane Dembélé missed the mark by a hair. Still, nine minutes later, he scored for the visitors in the 40th minute to tie the score after yet another brilliant play by Barcola.

After regaining the lead in the second half, PSG applied increasing pressure until, after 54 minutes, Vitinha put the visitors ahead for the evening.

In the 56th minute, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández was sent out for voicing his displeasure to the referees.

The Portuguese midfielder Vitinha received a pass from Achraf Hakimi after Dembele played a short corner, and he had all the time in the world to tuck the shot just inside Marc-André ter Stegen’s right-hand post.

PSG continued to apply pressure, and in the sixty-first minute, João Cancelo, the full-back for Barça, made an impulsive sliding tackle that brought down Dembele and gave PSG a penalty that Mbappé blasted into the upper corner to make it 3-1 and seize the lead in the match.

France striker Kylian Mbappé took advantage of a counterattack to score from close range and secure a semifinal spot while Barça searched for a goal to send the match into extra time.

A major accomplishment is making it to the semifinals. We’re hoping to advance to the championship round. We must fully recuperate.”

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