Saturday, June 12, 2021

Barcelona ripped apart by PSG as Mbappe nets a hat-trick

Paris Saint-Germain ripped apart Barcelona at the Nou Camp as Kylian Mbappe recorded a hat-trick in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

The visitors started on a bad footing as Lionel Messi gave the host the lead in the 27th minute from the penalty spot.

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France forward and World Cup winner was on target before half time to equalize for the visitors and set up an uphill task for both sides in the second half.

In the 65th minute Kylian Mbappe was on target for Paris Saint-Germain stroking home from 10 yards and to turn arounds the results.

Moise Kean who is on loan from Everton made it three heading home with ease to the far post of Barcelona and ensure a confident lead at the Nou Camp.

Mbappe ensured he was the hat-trick hero curling home the third of the night and fourth for Paris Saint-Germain.

Return of Mauricio Pochettino

The win was crucial reminder of Mauricio Pochettino’s talent in shaping up a team that will compete in European competitions.

The Argentine was also fired by Tottenham following dismal performance after leading Spurs to a Champions League final in 2019 where they were beaten by Liverpool.

Mbappe was making a mark in the competition after failing to lift the trophy last season when they were thrashed by Bayern Munich.

He also becomes the third PSG player to net a hat-trick against Barcelona behind Faustino Asprilla and Andrei Shevchenko who made their mark.

Alex Kiprop
News Moto sports correspondent. Catch up the latest results when they happen and as they happen, locally and international

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