In a frustrated night for the French giant; after every effort to break the deadlock has proved abortive, Kylian Mbappe stepped up in the nick of time; with his moment of individual brilliance handing Paris Saint-Germain a crucial 1-0 win over Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes.
With time ebbing away, the French Forward, Mbappe, who had been a menace all through the game terrorizing the Real Madrid defensive department stole the show in the 94th minute, as he dazzled past 3 opposition defenders in the area to slot the ball beneath the legs of Thibaut Cortois in a sublime fashion.
Prior to the goal incident, a silly foul from Dani Carvajal in the box had allowed the 23-year-old forward to earn a penalty kick for the Host on the hour mark. The record seven-time Ballon d’or winner, Lionel Messi, failing to convert from the spot as he played his tame shot straight at the hands of the Real Madrid goalkeeper.
At the other end, Real Madrid may not have had their best outings of the competition having mustered no shot on goal as against PSG’s eight, and will have preferred to hang on to a stalemate draw not until Mbappe’s moment of magic ensured the French side an advantage going into the return-leg next month in Spain.
Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino, who could not conceal his delightfulness about the much-needed victory lauded the impressive performance of his team while speaking to the press at the post-match conference. He said, “I’m very happy. The team’s performance was really good. Overall, we were better than Real; we deserved the victory. We conceded so few chances. The players deserve it. They have incredible talent.”
In a further conversation, he stated thus, “there’s still a match left to play but it’s important to have made this first step.”
Real Madrid’s gaffer, Carlo Ancelotti reacting to the defeat, said the French capital side deserves the win.
“PSG deserved to win, they played better than us. We had difficulties to get out of the pressure in particular. But this is only the first leg. Qualification is not lost.” He said.
Kylian Mbappe who has been heavily linked to Real Madrid in a mouthwatering deal is currently on an impressive run of form for Paris Saint-Germain and his last-gasp winner against his prospective employers continues to epitomize his significance in the Parisian attacking unit. With his future yet to be decided as his contract expires in June, we await as the event unfold in the coming months.