The night Messi watched Mbappé play

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Football is a low-scoring sport where those who score a lot of goals imprint memories and their personal legends. Kylian Mbappé’s three goals in Tuesday’s PSG victory in Barcelona (1-4), in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League, all result from superb collective movements and testify to the clear superiority of the Parisian team but whatever; We will only remember from this evening the hat-trick of Mbappé, under the eyes of Lionel Messi.

The Argentinian had yet opened the scoring, on a penalty for an imbalance of Kimpembe on De Jong (29th, 1-0). Three minutes later, a cross from Marquinhos was handed uncontrolled by Kurzawa for Verratti in the box. From a subtle exterior with his right foot, the Italian served Mbappé in front of the Catalan goal, but between two defenders. With two touches of the ball, Mbappé erased Pique and beat Lenglet. The third, a powerful strike from the left foot under the bar, hit home without goalkeeper Ter Stegen being able to make a move.