Kylian Mbappé’s big night

Author of a hat-trick at Camp Nou against FC Barcelona (4-1), the French football player managed a galactic performance, in the absence of Neymar, to propel PSG to the gates of the quarter-finals of the League of champions, Tuesday.

Author of a hat-trick at Camp Nou against FC Barcelona (4-1), the French football player managed a galactic performance, in the absence of Neymar, to propel PSG to the gates of the quarter-finals of the League of champions, Tuesday.

(AFP) – “Star wars” for The Parisian, “The duel of the present and the future” according to Marca… Tuesday morning, the Frenchman shared the headlines with Lionel Messi. There is a gulf of statistics that separates the 33-year-old six-fold Golden Ball, more than 650 goals with Barça, to the young 22-year-old world champion, but on the pitch, we only saw Mbappé. Winner of his face-to-face against the “Pulga”, the former Monegasque achieved a remarkable performance.

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) challenges Juventus' Brazilian midfielder Arthur during the UEFA Champions League group G football match between Barcelona and Juventus at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on December 8, 2020. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Paris Saint-Germain footballers will find a Spanish club on their way to the round of 16 this competition. And again FC Barcelona is a favorite.

In the absence of creators Neymar and Angel Di Maria, he took on the role of leader in which he was expected. “I will never hide in life, even if we make mistakes in life. Today, my hard work pays off ”, recognized the center forward, at the microphone of RMC Sport.

His match perfectly embodies that of his team, who came to the huge Camp Nou to chase away the ghosts of the “remountada” of 2017. His ghosts are his failures in the final phase of C1 with PSG (only 1 goal, in 2019), or the missed opportunity in the final lost to Bayern (1-0) in August.

“As soon as he is less well we criticize him, it’s quite easy. But I believe that Paris SG have a future very big star, who will be at the level of Leo (Messi) or Cristiano (Ronaldo), so we have to take advantage of it every day. We must congratulate him, because he made a very great match, ”declared Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann, a good player. With a hat-trick (32nd, 65th, 85th), he hit three uppercuts that should silence critics for a while.

His last goal, on the other hand, looks like the knockout blow, which should send PSG to the quarter-finals. What a game! To say that at the beginning of January, he was going through a difficult pass in Ligue 1, with a shortage of three games … his longest of the season.

Negotiations for the extension of his contract, which expires in 2022, nourished an ambiguous context with the Bondynois, who assured “reflect” on his future.

The patient posture of Mbappé, courted by Real Madrid, contrasted with the enthusiasm of Neymar, in the same contractual situation, which proclaims his attachment to the capital club. “It’s a long term thinking, not a game or two. I have always said that I am happy here, after this kind of match, I am even more so, ”he repeated Tuesday evening.

Istanbul Basaksehir's French forward Demba Ba (R) gestures past Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe after the game was suspended amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Istanbul Basaksehir FK at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on December 8, 2020. - Paris Saint-Germain's decisive Champions League game with Istanbul Basaksehir was suspended today in the first half as the players walked off amid allegations of racism by one of the match officials. The row erupted after Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo, the former Cameroon international, was shown a red card during a fierce row on the touchline with staff from the Turkish club appearing to accuse the Romanian fourth official of using a racist term. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

The unprecedented gesture of the players of PSG and Basaksehir Istanbul to leave the lawn on Tuesday after accusations of racism brought against the fourth referee led to the postponement of the Champions League match to Wednesday, a historic decision hailed by the world of soccer.

But in ten days, he signed the most beautiful proof of his involvement: a goal at the Stade Vélodrome to beat rival Marseille (2-0) on February 7 then a hat-trick at Camp Nou – the second player to succeed, after Andreï Shevchenko in 1997.

Considering it was an evening to rewrite history, he passed Pauleta to become PSG’s third top scorer (111 goals), behind Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. From the first minute, he set the tone for the evening. Alas, poor control prevented him from taking advantage of Marc-André Ter Stegen’s failed exit, which had cleared the way for him to the empty goal.

Decisive against

The former Monegasque did not stop on this missed opportunity which reminded others. Ants in his legs, Mbappé has multiplied, present both at the creation, where the absence of Neymar allowed him to expand his area of ​​influence, as at the finish. He launches Mauro Icardi, but the Argentine, alone against the goalkeeper, misses his duel (18th). On a corner, he again finds the “Matador”, who does not frame his head (39th). In the meantime, he had equalized (32nd) with a superb sequence, from the left.

Upon returning from the locker room, he initiated a new clear opportunity (48th), concluded with a stop by Ter Stegen in front of Moise Kean. A few seconds before the parade of the German doorman, he had caught a cold in Gerard Pique who tried to hold him back by the jersey. He succeeded 2-1, from the left, after a good job from Alessandro Florenzi. Finally, the 3-1 combines its qualities of speed and finishing, after a cons that left Barcelona, ​​and all of Europe, dazed.


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