Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) succeeded in avenging their 6-1 Camp Nou humiliation when they hammered Barcelona on Tuesday. The Neymar-less PSG side went on to produce a dominant display against the Blaugrana with Kylian Mbappe arriving in top clutch form. The Frenchman was unstoppable in the game as he struck a hat-trick. Barcelona defenders appeared hapless against him, with Gerard Pique particularly struggling to contain his dominant force up front.
Mbappe delivered at the biggest stage when it mattered the most. Mauricio Pochettino was without the likes of Neymar and Angel di Maria. It was thus natural for Mbappe to lead the lines for the defending Ligue 1 champions. He did show up as he went on to bag the equaliser in the 32nd minute after Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the spot.
Frenkie de Jong won a penalty when he stumbled inside the box despite no visible contract with Layvin Kurzawa. And Messi struck the opener from the spot. But Mbappe was quick to put his side on an equal footing.
The Frenchman further went on to bag the lead for Pochettino in the second half. Leandro Paredes struck a shot from a tight angle only for Mbappe to receive it. The France international struck past Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Moise Kean headed home the third goal for the Parisians, while Mbappe completed his hat-trick as he fired home a stunning shot from a distance to seal the win.
And thus, it was visible that the Barcelona defenders found it extremely difficult to contain Mbappe. Pique, in particular, struggled at the back. The former Spanish defender was playing his first game since his ligament injury in November last year and he would want to forget his performance.
Pique: feel at home— SOLACE (@Solace_exe) February 17, 2021
Mbappe: entering Shakira's room
Wizkid to haters :them no fit run my race,run my race,run run my race steady I day my lane 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 pique Messi mbappe Barcelona Alves Herrera Alba Hat~trick pic.twitter.com/iz6afBe5Ut— DJ golden .... (@djgolden258) February 16, 2021
Mbappe: "People doubt my age cos I'm so good and I've not even reached my pique yet"— Allan thee stoked. ®™ 👑 (@AlexanderKing4L) February 16, 2021
Pique: "Don't leave me" 😭 pic.twitter.com/YH5TwqLvX2
Mbappe: After this match messi will not be staying 4-1 more season at barça— Bobmoses Kolawole || RelationshipDoc😁 (@bobmosesk) February 16, 2021
Pique: Don't leave me😭😭😭😭🤣 pic.twitter.com/0Dd3DaCC3m
Mbappe: I 8-2 say this— love and light ❤️💡🔥 (@Emmyleo_Balbao) February 17, 2021
Pique: say what
Mbappe: Messi wont be staying at FC Barcelona 4-1 more season
Pique: don't leave me pic.twitter.com/e8o1pOnnoj
Pique found no way to stop the 22-year-old PSG forward, who was facing Barcelona for the first time in his professional career. The only way he could figure out was to tug Mbappe's shirt while defending against him. And Pique's unimpressive act has sparked off a meme fest on Twitter with fans mocking the defender. Meanwhile, the second leg is said to be played out at the Parc des Princes on March 10.