PSG moves past Barcelona into Champions League quarterfinals as Kylian Mbappe breaks Lionel Messi’s record
There was no upset on Wednesday as Paris Saint-Germain ousted Barcelona out of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw at Parc des Princes. Kylian Mbappe starred for PSG in what turned out to be a historic evening for the young striker as he broke a long-standing scoring record of none other than Lionel Messi.
Mbappe scored from the penalty spot for PSG in the 31st minute to open the scoring in the second leg of the Round of 16 tie. It was Mbappe’s 25th goal in the Champions League, which he achieved at the age of 22 years and 80 days. He is now officially the youngest player in the competition’s history to reach the 25-goal scoring mark.
It was Messi who previously held the record when he netted his 25th goal in the Champions League at 22 years and 186 days (h/t Goal.com).
PSG came into the match as the heavy favorites to advance to the next stage. They were coming off a 4-0 win from the first leg and it would have taken a catastrophic collapse from their end to allow Lionel Messi and Co. to crawl back into the tie. Unlike four years ago when Barcelona did exactly that (Barca went on to win the second leg 6-1 after falling 4-0 in the first tie), PSG made sure that there was going to be no miracle this time around.
For what it is worth, Messi also scored a screamer for Barcelona to erase PSG’s advantage. However, he also missed a penalty just minutes later which pretty much knocked all the wind out of Barcelona’s sail.
PSG advance to the Champions League quarterfinal after a 5-1 aggregate win. Their opponents in the next round will be determined by a draw which will take place on March 19.