Mbappe Scores Late Winner as PSG 1-0 Real Madrid

By Rek Hanibal Published on February 16, 2022
Mbappe Scores Late Winner as PSG 1-0 Real Madrid

 

The France striker, linked with a move to Real in the summer, received the ball on the left from a clever backheel by Neymar and got between two defenders inside the box before slotting through Thibaut Courtois' legs to send the Parc des Princes wild.

It was a dramatic finish to a game that had looked set to end in frustration for PSG, especially after Lionel Messi saw his penalty saved just after the hour mark.

The hosts had dominated possession but struggled to break down a well-organised Real defence that had limited PSG to one shot on target in the first half when Mbappe saw a photo denied by Courtois' legs.

But the introduction of Neymar, making his first appearance since November after recovering from injury, proved decisive. He caused several Real problems with his dangerous crosses and clever He runs before providing the crucial pass for Mbappe to work his magic with seconds remaining.

The win will give PSG hope that they can head to Madrid on Wednesday, 9 March and get the result they need to keep alive their hopes of winning a first Champions League title.

All the build-up to the game had centred on Mbappe and how the striker would perform against his future employees.

The 23-year-old is one of the best players in the world and has been in superb form this season; his goalscoring prowess is pulling PSG out of difficult circumstances several times.

Just a few days ago, he scored in the 93rd minute to secure a 1-0 win at Rennes in Ligue 1 - and once again, he had the decisive impact in this game.

Real, to their credit, had defended superbly for so long, with their doubling up on Mbappe having largely limited his impact.

But the introduction of Neymar in the closing stages gave the visitors an additional threat to deal with and, in turn, more space for Mbappe to cause problems.

There was a relief for Real when Mbappe saw a shot from the edge of the area beat Courtois but bounce just wide of the far post late on, but in the end, he was not to be denied the match-winning moment.

The goal was Mbappe's 22nd in another incredible season for the youngster, and his performance will indeed have only served to enhance Real's desire for him to be leading their line next term.

 

Rek Hanibal

Rek Hanibal

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