Champions League: Decoding the major feats of Kylian Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe handed his side a late win over Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg at home. Mbappe netted a 94th-minute winner as the French giants sealed a memorable 1-0 win. Real hardly offered any substance and failed to have a shot on target. On the contrary, Mbappe was PSG's best player on the pitch.
- Mbappe had a superb outing against Los Blancos and made things happen right since the first half.
- He also earned a penalty which Lionel Messi failed to convert.
- However, PSG deserved to win and Mbappe was in the thick of things.
- He received the ball on the left from a clever backheel by Neymar, getting between two defenders before slotting through Thibaut Courtois' legs.
Mbappe has been involved in at least one goal in each of his last seven games in the Champions League (5 goals, 4 assists). As per Opta, Mbappe has scored the latest goal for PSG in the Champions League (93 minutes and 14 seconds) since Blaise Matuidi (93 minutes and 44 seconds) against Barcelona in April 2013.
Mbappe has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season, having played 32 matches. He also has 13 assists under his belt. As far as the Champions League is concerned, Mbappe has five goals and four assists this season.
Mbappe has raced to 32 UCL goals after scoring versus Real. He has steered clear of former Bayern Munich ace Arjen Robben (31 goals). Mbappe has netted 26 UCL goals for PSG and needs five more to surpass the record held by Edinson Cavani (30).
Against Real, Mbappe had 70 touches in the game, including 18 in the opposition box. He fired in seven shots, with four being on target. This is half of PSG's shots on target (8). He won six duels, completed four take-ons, and made four final third entries. Mbappe also made three ball recoveries and three crosses. He scored one goal, besides winning a penalty.
The 23-year-old Mbappe has been involved in 51 goals in the Champions League, having played 53 matches. He has 32 goals and 19 assists under his belt. The French international has netted 13 goals in his last 13 Champions League matches.