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PSG 1 – 0 Real Madrid – Champions League Highscores | Playon99 News

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France celebrated to the rhythm of its prodigal son: Mbappé shone and led PSG to victory over Real Madrid in the last play of the match. Pochettino and Messi -who missed a penalty- breathe a sigh of relief in the face of the Parisian ultras’ fire – Playon99 News

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Paris Saint-Germain won 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 against a Real Madrid side that looked on in astonishment as the match unfolded.

Kylian Mbappé, the star player at the Parc des Princes, scored his goal in an agonizing fashion after 94 minutes: he took the ball on the left flank, passed between two players – Lucas Vázquez and Éder Militao – and scored exquisitely to win the match.

The French striker was the heart and soul of the Parisians. All the risky moves passed through his feet and he proved once again that he is ready to make history with a personality that is not afraid of important duels.

Real Madrid did not offer a great show. It is said that they return to Spain with what they came for, but the score should have been higher.

PSG totally dominated the match and generated more than 20 chances, but they need to be sharper as they showed in the first part of the season.

Madrid’s defense was not as praised: it was a team thrown back that depended exclusively on the luck of their opponents’ finishing.

It is true that the immense Thibout Courtois prevented several goals – including a penalty save from Lionel Messi – but it is important to realize that PSG’s shots were not inside the box.

Ancelotti understood that the best way to neutralize the Parisians was to give them the ball and wait for them to attack the counterattack, but the plan got out of hand and the result could have been worse.

Real Madrid’s midfield worked to perfection as always: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro are world-class and never miss. A pity that the Brazilian will not be able to be in the second leg due to the accumulation of cards.

Paris Saint-Germain was superior from the first moment and showed it every time. Neymar came on in the second half and brought freshness to the team.

The Brazilian opened up spaces and allowed Mbappé to arrive with less effort. What was missing in recent months for PSG to unlock the games.

Messi did not have a good game and not only because of the penalty he missed, but also because of how far away he is from the team. There were no connections with Mbappé, Di Maria or Hakimi. The Argentine lost 23 balls.

Mauricio Pochettino breathes thanks to the long-suffering victory but will have to continue to adjust pieces ahead of the second leg on March 9 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Beforehand, he had declared that February was a key month in his future and now he will have to rearrange his schedule because he will enjoy another month in Paris.

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