Mbappe saves PSG with late goal in 1-0 win over Real Madrid
The Parisians have the slightest of leads entering the second leg
The big-time clash between PSG and Real Madrid on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg looked set to end as it started, but Kylian Mbappe had other plans. The French attacker, linked with a summer move to Los Blancos when his current contract expires, scored a dramatic added time winner, splitting defenders after a pass from Neymar before nutmegging Thibaut Courtois for the 1-0 victory.
The Parisians were by far the sharper and more threatening team, but a lack of quality chances and some inspired saves by Courtois looked set to cement a draw.
Lionel Messi saw his second-half penalty kick saved by Courtois, marking the first time he has ever missed a penalty against the familiar foe. Messi had converted all six previous penalties against Los Blancos while playing for Barcelona. Courtois also denied Mbappe's second-best chance on goal, going low to push out a pacey effort.
But with PSG's pressure neutralizing Real's attack for nearly all of the 90 minutes, there was still hope for the hosts to get the winner, and who else but their most in-form player to do so under the Paris sky? It was truly a stunning final big moment of the match where Mbappe delivered, getting between Eder Militao and Lucas Vazquez with incredible pace and technical ability to slide it home.
While Real largely defended well outside of a shocking display by Carvajal and that last lapse in play, Los Blancos did not ever look like a threat to score. They finished the match with just three shots and an xG of 0.14. Real had recorded over 10 shots in 33 of their last 34 matches.
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