Paris Saint-Germain 4-1 Barcelona (16 Apr, 2024) Game Analysis

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Paris Saint-Germain‘s Kylian Mbappé scored twice in the second half to help guide his side to a 4-1 comeback win at 10-man Barcelona in their Champions League quarterfinal second leg to wrap up a 6-4 aggregate victory on Tuesday.

PSG took advantage of a first-half red card to Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo to keep their hopes of the trophy alive in what is set to be Mbappé’s last season in Paris.

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Barcelona had gotten off to a good start and opened the scoring with a goal by Raphinha in the 12th, but the visitors took control with the man advantage and didn’t let Barcelona get back into the game.

The Catalan side made it to the knockout stage of Europe’s top club competition after two consecutive eliminations in the group stage.

Kylian Mbappé sealed Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League quarterfinal win over Barcelona.

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In the other quarterfinal on Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund defeated Atletico Madrid 4-2 at home to advance 5-4 on aggregate.

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Mbappé scored his goals in the 61st and 89th minutes. The France star is hoping to win what would be a first Champions League title for himself and for PSG before he reportedly leaves for Real Madrid.

Barcelona opened the scoring in their first attack with a fortuitous goal by Raphinha after Lamine Yamal’s low cross from the right side bounced off the shin of the Brazil forward and went into the net.

PSG equalized about 10 minutes after Araújo was sent off, with Ousmane Dembélé finding the net by the far post after a cross by Bradley Barcola. Dembélé was loudly jeered by the Barcelona crowd when he was substituted in the final minutes.

PSG took the lead when Vitinha fired a low shot from outside the area in the 54th. The visitors increased their lead when Mbappé converted a penalty kick after Dembélé was brought down by João Cancelo inside the area.

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Barcelona had chances to get back into the game, with Ilkay Gündogan hitting the post in the 56th and both Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha squandering chances toward the end of the match.

Mbappé’s second goal came from close range in a breakaway in the final minutes.

Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández was sent off for complaining to the officials in the 56th minute.

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