Champions League: Mbappe nets late while rampant Man City runs wild

Kylian Mbappe hands PSG a one-goal advantage against Real Madrid after a one-sided affair in Paris.

Arguably the best fixture in the first round of knockout stages, Real Madrid took on PSG at Parc des Princes in the first leg. The tie was equally poised as both teams sat at the top of their league comfortably. 

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The Parisians created the first big chance of the game when Mbappe cut-back pass found Di Maria near the six-yard box, only for him to send his shot over the bar. Madrid looked comfortable for the first 30 minutes as they allowed PSG to keep the ball for the majority of the half and minimised any threats by defending deep in their half. 

However, Ancelotti’s side suffered when Real would break on the counter as the midfield failed to connect with Benzema and Vinicius, and the hosts would take over the control. The only highlight of the first half was Courtois’s save against Mbappe. The first half finished at 0-0 as PSG dominated all departments.

PSG increased their efforts after halftime and was rewarded with a penalty kick when Carvajal brought down Mbappe. But Courtois stopped Lionel Messi from the spot with a fine save. Ancelotti’s men tried were once again pinned back into their half as Pochettino introduced Neymar to add more threat into their attack. 

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When the Parisians had lost their hopes of a victory, Kylian Mbappe produced a moment of magic when he dribbled past two players before slotting the ball past Courtois into the back of the net. PSG will travel to Madrid with a goal advantage as Madrid will look for a much better display at home.

Manchester City has one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a stunning display against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.

City put on a five-star display to give themselves a huge advantage against the Portuguese champions. Manchester City once again proved to everyone why they are favourites to win their maiden Champions League title with an astonishing first-half display.

Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring with a close-range finish assisted by a cut-back pass from Kevin de Bruyne, who was flagged offside, but VAR overturned the original decision. Bernardo Silva produced yet another moment of magic when he struck a sublime half-volley to double City’s lead.

Phil Foden also joined the party with an easy tap-in to make it three at the half-hour mark. Bernardo Silva was the recipient of boos the whole night but, the Portuguese magician silenced the crowd with his second goal breaking the hearts of home fans.

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Silva thought he had scored a hat-trick when he headed Man City’s fifth but, VAR chalked off the goal for offside. Raheem Sterling continued his brilliant form with a superb strike from 20 yards out into the top corner. City kept Sporting at a bay to register yet another clean-sheet round off a perfect display.

This result equals the biggest winning margin in an away game in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Sporting will travel to Manchester for the second leg on Wednesday, 16 March.

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