Kylian Mbappe’s injury-time strike saw PSG beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Parc des Princes.
Brighton defender Dunk was sent off in the 54th minute. Elanka was sent off for a foul. After this, Manchester United had several chances but Sanchez’s superiority stopped the game at 1-0. Despite being reduced to 10 men, Brighton’s attempt to test Manchester United’s defense will disappoint United fans. Finally, in the 96th minute, Bruno scored the second goal with a counter attack.
With this victory Manchester United returned to the top 4 with 43 points. Brighton are 9th.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick in the 94th minute to give PSG the lead. Fierce fighting was expected in Paris but today both teams have been playing cautiously from the start. In the first half, Real Madrid focused entirely on defense. Therefore, PSG could not create much opportunities. In the first half, PSG scored a total of one shot to hit the target. If it’s for Real, it’s not.
In the fifth minute, a pass from the right wing gave Empepe a chance, but his shot bounced off the post. The shot on target came in the 17th minute. This time the emcee’s shot was cleverly blocked by Corto.
PSG decided to attack a bit more in the second half and created a good opportunity early on. But again, the emcee’s shot was blocked by Corto. Finally, in the 60th minute, Embappe came to the rescue of PSG. Embape was penalized for dropping Carvajal. Lionel Messi took the penalty. Still not ready to beat Corto. Messi’s penalty kick was blocked by the Belgian keeper. Messi’s troubles continue after leaving Barcelona.
Unable to find the back of the net, PSG dropped Neymar and Real Madrid sent Rodrigo on the field. Neymar’s arrival accelerated the PSG attack. Finally, with a skill from Neymar, the ball reached the embankment in the 94th minute. The winning goal followed. Royal knelt. Real can now see the quarterfinals after beating PSG in Madrid in the second quarter.
PSG had appeared to be heading for a frustrating goalless draw in the French capital after Lionel Messi saw his 62nd-minute penalty saved by Thibaut Courtois.
The visitors’ giant Belgian goalkeeper guessed correctly and dived low to his left to turn Messi’s spot-kick behind for a corner in what looked like being the pivotal moment of the tie.
All this after Mauricio Pochettino’s side had dominated most of the clash, only for Mbappe to twice be denied by excellent Courtois stops in each half, before Messi was given the chance to break the deadlock from the spot after Dani Carvajal had foolishly lunged in on Mbappe in the box.
Both managers brought on a raft of substitutes in an effort to break the deadlock, with the hosts seeing the return of Neymar after a four-month layoff with an ankle injury, while Real introduced Wales forward Gareth Bale, but with little effect.
That was until the fourth and final minute of stoppage time when Neymar’s cheeky back-heel released Mbappe down the left side of the area and within the blink of an eye the striker’s quick feet saw him one on one with Courtois.
The angle was tight, but Mbappe – who has been consistently linked with a move to Real this summer – kept his cool to side-foot home through Courtois’s legs for his 22nd goal of the season to hand PSG a slender advantage heading into the return leg in Madrid on March 9.
In many ways, Tuesday night was the ideal Real Madrid audition for Kylian Mbappe, the coveted PSG striker whose contract runs out at the Parc des Princes at the end of June.
The Parisians are desperate for their France international to stay in the capital, while Los Blancos are equally keen for the 23-year-old to be their next Galatico.
And after his match-winning display, surely Real president Florentino Perez will be doing everything in his power to convince Mbappe, who has now has been directly involved in 52 goals in 52 Champions League appearances (32 goals, 20 assists), to move to Madrid this summer.
The quick-footed forward was the best player on the pitch by a mile, and that is saying something when you look at the two star-studded lineups – and the benches – and is exactly the type of player Real need to reinvigorate their ageing side.
And if the World Cup-winner plays another starring role to help knock Madrid out of Europe next month, do not be at all surprised if you see him in the white of Real next season.