A Kylian Mbappé hat-trick helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 4-1 thrashing of Barcelona at Camp Nou in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash on Tuesday night.
It was the French side who saw most of the ball in the opening stages but, after 27 minutes, Barcelona found the lead. A lofted ball over the top by Lionel Messi seemed destined to land in the path of Frenkie De Jong in the box, before the Dutchman’s heels were clipped by Layvin Kurzawa. Lionel Messi stepped up to take the spot kick and emphatically found the top corner.
However, the lead lasted just five minutes as the Parisians equalised just after the half-hour mark. Marco Verratti found Mbappé in the Barça area, before the Frenchman coolly rounded Clement Lenglet and unleashed a rasping effort into the roof of the net to take the sides into the break on level terms.
The visitors went up a gear in the second half and got their noses in front when Mbappé latched onto a free ball in the box to smash home after 65 minutes. The Parisians then found a third five minutes later when a Leandro Paredes’ free kick floated onto the head of Moise Kean, who nodded home to make it 3-1.
The scoring was rounded off by Mbappé with a sublime first-time finish to secure his hat-trick after brilliant work on the counterattack by Julian Draxler. Barcelona pushed to decrease the deficit but couldn’t find a way past PSG’s defence.