Despite the absences of Neymar Junior and Angel Di María, the PSG was able to stand up to FC Barcelona this Tuesday, February 16, 2021 on the sidelines of the first round of the Champions League at Camp Nou. The Parisians, dominating and very serene throughout the match, have largely taken the lead 4 goals to 1 thanks to a triplet by the young Frenchman Kylian Mbappé. With this considerable lead, the men of Mauricio Pochettino take a serious option towards the quarter-finals.
The PSG showed a singular mastery this Tuesday at Camp Nou against FC Barcelona of Lionel Messi. The latter scored the opening goal of the game in the 27th minute following a penalty by Dutch player Franky De Jong.The Parisians continued to keep their block very high and to recover the balloons in the half of the Barça. Five minutes after the opening, Kylian Mbappé tied for PSG on an unstoppable shot for German goalkeeper Ter Stegen. Both teams return to the locker room on this parity score (1 – 1).
Le Président Nasser Al-Khelaïfi : “Les joueurs ont fait un match parfait, c’était une très belle performance de leur part.” 🙌 pic.twitter.com/JellDJgVKm
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) February 17, 2021
In the second half, the Parisians were more enterprising. Kylian Mbappé signed the double in the 65th minute on a service from lateral Florenzi, who left at the limit of the offside.Led, the Catalans attacked but failed to break through the solid Parisian defence. The score increased for Lionel Messi’s teammates when Moïse Kean, at the 70th minute, took back from the head a free-kick from Marco Verratti. (1 – 3). The Parisian festival is closed by the sparkling Kylian Mbappé who scored his third goal of the match on a beautifully led counter attack by Julian Draxler. (1 – 4).
Paris Saint Germain can now forget the famous comeback of 2016 (6 to 1) at Camp Nou because, with this large victory, qualification is almost assured on March 10 at the Parc des Princes.