Mbappe stars as PSG unleash fury on Barcelona
Mbappe was in remarkable form as PSG stunned Barcelona 4-1 to gain a well deserved first-leg advantage in their UCL knockout tie at the Camp Nou.
Gerard Pique returned to the starting line up for the Spaniards after an injury layoff but it was not enough to avert an embarrassing result on home turf.
The encounter was starved of clear cut chances despite been end-to-end early on.
Mauricio Pochettino took charge of his first UEFA Champions League game as PSG manager was without Neymar and Angel di Maria due to injury.
Barcelona took the initiative in the 26th minute as Lionel Messi converted spot kick won by De Jong.
The Parisians were back on level terms a few minutes later.
Kylian Mbappe found space and slotted in for his third UCL goal of the season.
The game opened up and PSG were presented with a glorious chance to go ahead.
But Kurzawa’s timid strike was not enough to beat Ter Stegen in goal for Barcelona.
PSG ended the first half with more intent, possession and clear cut chances than their host but the French team couldn’t capitalise.
Ander Herrera replaced Gueye after the half time and from then on, it was lights out for Barcelona as PSG turned up the heat.
Kylian Mbappe scored his second goal of the night five minutes after the hour-mark to put PSG ahead for the first time in the game.
Moise Kean extended the lead for Mauricio Pochettino’s with his 13th goal of the season.
Barcelona rang in the changes after that goal but PSG were not done tormenting their hosts on the night.
Kylian Mbappe capped off a man of the match performance by completing his hat-trick on the night.
Barcelona’s fine league form couldn’t save them as they were thumped by the efficient Parisians.