MBappe Magic: PSG Soars Past Barcelona as Champions League Semis Beckon!

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Paris Saint-Germain staged a remarkable comeback to overturn their deficit on the night and in the tie, defeating Barcelona 6-4 on aggregate to advance to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Their impressive 4-1 victory in Catalonia also continued an intriguing trend of the home side not winning any of the last four meetings between these two teams.

This fixture has consistently delivered captivating matches in recent years, and it was evident from the start that this encounter would be no exception.

Barcelona struck first just 12 minutes into the match, extending their lead from the first leg. Lamine Yamal evaded Nuno Mendes and delivered a ball that Raphinha tapped home to give Barcelona the early advantage.

Following Raphinha’s dangerous cross that Nuno Mendes struggled to clear, Robert Lewandowski’s attempt soared over the crossbar, while Kylian Mbappe’s rapid-fire shots were instinctively denied.

In the 29th minute, Paris Saint-Germain received a lifeline as Ronald Araujo was shown a red card for a last-man foul on Bradley Barcola. Lamine Yamal was sacrificed to bring on Inigo Martinez and bolster Barcelona’s defense.

Eager to rally his team, Barcola then delivered a cross that Ousmane Dembele expertly buried into the Barcelona net, despite facing vehement booing from his former fans with every touch.

Undeterred by the reception, Dembele came agonizingly close to scoring a second goal on the night moments before halftime.

Barcelona faced two more scares shortly after the restart, as Achraf Hakimi’s strike was awkwardly tipped over by Marc-Andre ter Stegen, followed by Fabian Ruiz’s shot narrowly missing the target.

However, PSG continued to press forward, and they leveled the tie in the 54th minute. A well-executed corner routine saw Vitinha find space and deliver a precise strike into the bottom corner of the net.

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Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez was then sent off after losing his temper on the touchline, and matters worsened for the hosts when Joao Cancelo fouled Dembele in the box, conceding a penalty that Mbappe coolly converted, securing his 40th goal of the season and sending PSG into the lead on aggregate.

Despite Barcelona’s attempts to push forward, Gianluigi Donnarumma made a remarkable save from Lewandowski’s strike, and Marquinhos intervened to clear the danger before Ferran Torres could capitalize.

Shortly after Raphinha’s corner struck the crossbar, Mbappe sealed PSG’s victory, ensuring they progressed in a UEFA tie after losing the first leg at home for the first time in eight attempts. This victory keeps PSG’s hopes alive for the coveted Champions League title they eagerly seek.

Additionally, PSG denied Barcelona their first semi-final appearance in this competition since 2019. The Blaugrana failed to advance after winning the first leg away in European competition for just the third time in 40 occasions.

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