Mbappe Brace Leads PSG Past 10-Man Barcelona to Champions League Semis

Paris Saint-Germain staged a remarkable comeback, spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe’s brace, to defeat 10-man Barcelona 4-1 and secure a spot in the Champions League semi-finals with a 6-4 aggregate victory on Tuesday.
Barcelona initially took the lead through Raphinha’s goal, but Ronald Araujo’s 29th-minute red card shifted the momentum in PSG’s favor.
Despite Barcelona’s two-goal advantage from the first leg, PSG rallied as Ousmane Dembele and Vitinha leveled the tie before Mbappe’s decisive contributions secured their semi-final berth.
Mbappe, demonstrating his lethal scoring ability, found the net twice, showcasing PSG’s attacking prowess and booking their place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2021.
Despite Barcelona’s early lead and dreams of a semi-final return, Araujo’s dismissal altered the dynamics of the game, leaving them with 10 men and struggling to contain PSG’s relentless attacking threats.
PSG coach Luis Enrique, familiar with European success during his tenure at Barcelona, instilled confidence in his team’s ability to overturn the deficit, a belief that ultimately proved accurate.
The match saw PSG dominate possession and capitalize on Barcelona’s defensive vulnerabilities. Dembele and Vitinha capitalized on opportunities, while Mbappe’s clinical finishing sealed the victory.
Barcelona’s frustrations boiled over as they struggled to mount a comeback, culminating in Xavi’s dismissal from the touchline and further disciplinary issues within the team.
Mbappe’s electrifying performance not only propelled PSG to victory but also intensified speculation about his future, with Real Madrid reportedly eyeing him for a summer transfer.
As the final whistle blew, PSG celebrated their triumph, while Barcelona faced another disappointing exit from European competition.
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