Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe scored a splendid hat-trick as the French club defeated Barcelona at the Camp Nou to take charge of their round-of-16 Champions League tie.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the first half, after a trip to Frenkie de Jong by Layvin Kurzawa, but it was PSG who created the best chances in the game.
And the visitors deservedly equalized when Kurzawa and Marco Verratti collaborated to set up a chance and Mbappe’s fast feet and strong finish left the Barca defense looking bemused as the ball nestled in the back of the net.
When Mbappe slotted home his second of the night with just over an hour on the clock, PSG kept on where they left off after the break and extended their lead.
The third, going home unmarked from a free-kick, was added by Moise Kean and Mbappe completed his hat-trick with a sumptuous finish at the end of a blistering counter-attack on 85 minutes.
Ahead of the second leg in Paris on March 10 the away win leaves PSG in complete control of the tie.
Barcelona – PSG 1-4
Goals: Messi(27), Mbappe (32, 65, 85), Kean (70)
Barcelona: ter Stegen, Dest (Mingueza 71), Pique (Puig 78), Lenglet, Alba, de Jong, Busquets (Pjanic 78), Gonzalez (Trincao 78), Dembele, Messi, Griezmann (Braithwaite 85).
PSG: Navas, Florenzi (Kehrer 89), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Gueye (Herrera 45), Paredes, Verratti (Draxler 73), Kean (Danilo 85), Icardi, Mbappe.
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