Match ends in Paris! Mbappe’s goal gives PSG the lead!

Match ends in Paris! Mbappe’s goal gives PSG the lead!

The match started at a frenetic pace. Both teams are trying to keep possession of the ball, although RM seem to have more of it.

HT: PSG 0-0 Real Madrid! For all their threat, Paris have only really troubled Courtois once, when Mbappe could not connect cleanly with Messi’s pass to find him in front of goal, allowing the goalkeeper to thwart him. Madrid may not face many tougher halves than that this season, so Ancelotti may be as satisfied as he is relieved not to have seen his side concede under full-throttle pressure from Paris at times. They will hope the second half is less nervy.

At 60 min Cavajal concedes a penalty for a foul on Mbappe but Courtois saves! The goalkeeper dives to his left, correctly guessing the trajectory of Messi’s low shot and beating the ball away for a corner on Paris’s right. What drama!

At 75 minutes Terrific technique from Messi, as ever, but the accuracy is not quite there, curling the free-kick around the wall and just wide of Courtois’ right-hand post.

After 4 minutes added by the referee Paris have the breakthrough with seconds to spare! Neymar, who had looked desperate to make an impact as he waited to come on, produces a moment of brilliance, backheeling the ball into Mbappé’s path on the left. The man who has come so close to scoring tonight still has plenty to do but he makes the two defenders ahead of him look static.

At the end of the match PSG 1-0 Real Madrid! For all but 30 seconds of 94 long minutes, that was a near-perfect away display from Madrid, keeping Paris and their attacking talents at bay. Granted, they rode their luck, 5 but they were undone by a moment of magic at the last from Mbappe, and that will now change the outlook for the second leg, which will be even tougher given that Casemiro and Mendy will be absent, too .

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