Barcelona 1-4 PSG: Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick inspires Mauricio Pochettino’s side to big win

Match report as Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick inspires PSG to Champions League victory at Barcelona; Lionel Messi opened scoring from penalty spot; Mbappe’s treble plus Moise Kean’s header stunned Barcelona; Mauricio Pochettino’s side take big advantage into last-16 second-leg tie on March 10

Tuesday 16 February 2021 22:07, UK

Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick inspired Paris Saint-Germain to an emphatic 4-1 victory at Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

In what was an open first half at the Nou Camp, Lionel Messi (27) gave Barca the lead from the penalty spot after Frenkie de Jong had his heels clipped by Layvin Kurzawa before Mbappe responded five minutes later for the visitors, who were without Neymar and Angel Di Maria.

After the break, PSG took over and Mbappe (65) added his second of the night before Moise Kean, who is on loan from Everton, stretched the French side’s advantage.

Mbappe (85) then produced a brilliant curled finish to leave Barcelona stunned, rounding off a stunning evening for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who take a three-goal advantage and four away goals back to the Parc des Princes for the second leg on March 10.

3 – Kylian Mbappé 🇫🇷 became the third player in @ChampionsLeague history to score a hat-trick against Barcelona, after Faustino Asprilla 🇨🇴 and Andriy Shevchenko 🇺🇦 in 1997, both scoring in the group stage. Stellar. https://t.co/2wQi3eYG5D

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Player ratings

Barcelona: Ter Stegen (7), Dest (5), Pique (6), Lenglet (5), Jordi Alba (6), De Jong (6), Sergio Busquets (5), Pedri (6), Griezmann (5), Messi (6), Dembele (5).

Subs: Mingueza (6), Tincao (n/a), Puig(n/a), Pjanic (n/a), Braithwaite (n/a).

PSG: Navas (7), Florenzi (7), Marquinhos (7), Kimpembe (7), Kurzawa (8), Paredes (8), Gueye (6), Kean (8), Verratti (8), Mbappe (9), Icardi (7).

Subs: Herrera (7), Draxler (7), Pereira (n/a), Kehrer (n/a).

Man of the match: Kylian Mbappe.

What’s next?

Barcelona host Cadiz in La Liga on Sunday; kick-off 1pm. Meanwhile, PSG host Monaco in Ligue 1, also on Sunday; kick-off 8pm.

The second leg of this Champions League last-16 tie takes place on March 10 at the Parc des Princes; kick-off 8pm.

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