The Frenchman put on a performance that only Courtois came close to matching, but it was the attacker who had the last laugh with a late goal.
Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring a goal.
However, despite having been extremely fortunate to escape with a scoreless draw from the Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, the hosts were able to claim a deserved 1-0 victory thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s stoppage-time winner.
The encounter in Paris provided the first evidence of life after away goals in the Champions League’s final rounds, with Real Madrid displaying little in the way of attacking desire as Manchester City ran wild away at Sporting CP, scoring five goals against their hosts in the process.
They finished the night with the majority of the ball and made a total of 22 attempts on Thibaut Courtois’ goal, finally defeating him with the last of those tries in the dying minutes. Los Blancos, on the other hand, were unable to put a single shot on goal in the three attempts they attempted.
From the very first minute, Mbappe appeared like he was going to cause significant harm to the team for which he is expected to play next season. With every touch of the ball, he drove towards Real Madrid’s backline, and he was a key factor in setting up the game’s first opportunity, which was put over by Angel Di Maria.
In the following round, he attempted to beat Courtois himself, but his shot went wide of the post.
Mbappe was PSG’s most dangerous offensive threat even when Lionel Messi was on the field. He seems intent on proving something to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, and everyone else in attendance at the Parc des Princes.
As a result of Mbappe’s brilliance, Dani Carvajal was beaten to a penalty, which the Spaniard accepted without objection after being outmuscled by the Frenchman in the first half. On the other hand, Messi saw his penalty kick brilliantly saved by Courtois, who was the only player on the field who came close to matching the quality of play Mbappe was displaying.
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The onslaught continued to be directed in one direction, and Neymar’s substitution for Di Maria only exacerbated the situation for Los Blancos.
Just as it appeared that Real Madrid would escape Paris with an undeserved draw, Mbappe delivered a moment of true brilliance to seal the victory for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
The game’s final kick came when Mbappe found himself on the left side of the box, where he did his best Ronaldo Nazario impression to dribble between two defensive defenders before opening his body up in the style of Thierry Henry to score through Courtois’ legs with the game’s final kick.
PSG will now travel to Madrid for the second game on March 9 with a one-goal advantage. Real Madrid, on the other hand, can take solace in the fact that away goals will not be taken into consideration.