Last night’s Champions League results PSG vs Real Madrid ended with the score 1-0 through Kylian Mbappe’s single goal in injury time . Colored by Lionel Messi’s penalty miss at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday 16 February 2022, Mauricio Pochettino’s side won in the first leg of the UCL last 16. PSG actually dominated the game from start to finish. However, the poor finishing of their front line made the Paris club suffer until Mbappe’s brilliant goal was scored through Neymar’s pass. On the other hand, Real Madrid, who played at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg, deserves to be watched out for by the Paris club.
The star-studded PSG went down with a 4-3-3 formation. Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe trioed with Angel Di Maria in the starting XI. Meanwhile, Real Madrid also uses the same pattern, 4-3-3. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior who made Los Blancos dominate LaLiga, accompanied by Marco Asensio. Throughout the first half, PSG dominated possession by striking. However, their front-line trio were not creative enough to produce a golden opportunity. In the 18th minute, getting a long ball from Nuno Mendes, Mbappe penetrated the Madrid defense, but his shot was blocked by Thibaut Courtois. Messi was instrumental in PSG’s efforts to pressure Madrid into the break, but no goals were scored. Early in the second half, the hosts bombarded Los Blancs. However, Mbappe’s shot (50′) was stopped by Courtois, Di Maria’s effort from the left (51′) flew high, then when Courtois came out of the net, Nuno Mendes’ (52′) didn’t work. Messi’s experiment a minute later was also raw. Since the first half, Mbappe has continued to interfere with the right side of Madrid’s defense which was escorted by Dani Carvajal. Momentum was obtained by PSG when the French striker was brought down by the Spanish international defender in the forbidden box. However, Messi who became the executor sent a shot that could be read by Courtois. Mauricio Pochettino pulled out his final weapon, Neymar, with 18 minutes remaining. The Neymar-Mbappe combination immediately led to a free kick, but Messi threw the ball on the right side of the Madrid goal. PSG’s chances were wasted again, while Madrid chose to defend total. Another opportunity came for Mbappe when he got the ball from Messi. However, his aim is still thin on the left side of Madrid’s goal. Meanwhile, in the remaining matches, Ancelotti maximized substitutions with the inclusion of Eden Hazard and Fede Valverde. However, the real drama just happened right at the end of the game. Getting a heel feed from Neymar, Kylian Mbappe passed Vazquez and then placed the ball in the corner of Madrid’s goal. Score 1-0 in injury time , PSG gained momentum to qualify for the top 8. Based on UEFA statistics, throughout 90 minutes, PSG had the ball with 57 percent, while Real Madrid 43 percent. Les Parisiens fired 22 shots, while Los Blancos only had 3. Throughout the match, Thibaut Courtois recorded 9 saves. Both teams get 4 yellow cards. “I studied a lot of Messi’s penalties, but you also have to have a bit of luck too (about saving penalties). We lost a stupid ball (which could have been avoided), Mbappe went past two players and scored. It was tough, but we didn’t play. well,” Courtois said after the match, quoted by UEFA. Goal: Kylian Mbappe 90+ PSG (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes; Danilo Pereira (Idrissa Gueye 87′), Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti; Angel Di Maria (Neymar 73′), Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe. REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal (Lucas Vazquez 72′), Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric (Fede Valverde 82′), Toni Kroos, Casemiro; Marco Asensio (Rodrygo 72′), Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale 87′), Vinicius Junior (Eden Hazard 82′)