Mbappe Double Fires PSG into Champions League Quarters 2024

Champions League: Kylian Mbappe‘s lethal brace fired Paris Saint-Germain into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at Real Sociedad on Tuesday, securing a 4-1 aggregate victory. Even though coach Luis Enrique has been playing Mbappe less in recent weeks after Mbappe said he would leave the team at the end of the season, Mbappe showed he is still very important for Paris Saint-Germain, the top team in France’s Ligue 1.

PSG into Champions League Quarters 2024

Kylian Mbappe
Champions League

In his post-match comments, Enrique acknowledged Kylian Mbappe’sprowess, saying:

“(Mbappe) is the best player in the world in the final third when running in on goal, unstoppable, invincible.”

Enrique

First-Half Fireworks Set the Tone

  • Mbappe fired a warning shot in the opening stages, blazing past Hamari Traore to set up Bradley Barcola, but Alex Remiro denied him from point-blank range.
  • The 25-year-old opened the scoring with a whipped effort from a tight angle after a couple of clever touches left Igor Zubeldia scrambling.
  • The vicious strike pulled part of the netting away from the post, resulting in a brief stoppage to fix the goal.
Kylian Mbappé
Mbappé

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Mbappe Doubles the Lead, Real Sociedad Mounts Late Resistance

  • Mbappe stretched PSG’s lead 11 minutes into the second half, racing in behind the defense from the halfway line and sweeping home at the near post for his sixth Champions League goal of the season.
  • Real Sociedad began to throw everything at PSG, but it was too little, too late.
    • Substitute Ander Barrenetxea had a goal ruled out for a tight offside.
    • Gianluigi Donnarumma made a superb save to thwart Benat Turrientes.
  • The hosts eventually grabbed a consolation goal at the death.

Enrique summed up the game, stating:

“We wanted to qualify but today we also wanted to win and give ourselves a bit of an easier game. That is what we did. We had a clear game plan. We managed to score early and, above all, we managed to avoid getting into any major difficulty.”

Enrique

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Kylian Mbappe
Mbappe Biography

With Mbappe in ruthless form, heavily linked to Real Madrid, La Liga’s defenses have been given a glimpse of the horrors that may await them next season.

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