PSG and Lionel Messi can thank Kylian Mbappe for helping them earn a well-deserved late Champions League victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday. Messi had missed a penalty for the hosts at the Parc des Princes earlier in the game, but the Argentine will be relieved when the game ends due to his teammate Mbappe.
Real Madrid failed to keep Gianluigi Donnarumma busy in the second game and devise a new strategy. PSG currently have a significant edge and will take great heart from a well-deserved clean sheet and victory.
PSG dominated the first half, depriving Real Madrid of possession for long game stretches. Los Blancos were staunch in their defensive stance against the Parisians, but French incursions occasionally shook them.
Real Madrid had very little possession of the ball in the first half-hour as Verratti and Messi quickly dominated the midfield. On the other hand, PSG struggled to produce clear chances and went into halftime without causing Thibaut Courtois any trouble.
Real Madrid got off to a brighter start in the second half, but they were eventually pushed back into their half as PSG found their stride. The hosts’ strategy paid off when Kylian Mbappe won a penalty, but Thibaut Courtois saved Lionel Messi’s effort.
However, towards the end of the game, PSG continued to assault Real Madrid’s goal and ultimately struck the back of the net thanks to a piece of magic from Kylian Mbappe. The French giants have the upper hand in the tie with a first-leg lead, which might be crucial at the Santiago Bernabeu.