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PSG Comeback to Reach Semis After Beating Barcelona 4-1



April 17th, 2024

In a thrilling Champions League quarter-final second leg, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) overturned a first-leg deficit to knock out Barcelona 4-1 (6-4 on aggregate) and reach the semi-finals. Kylian Mbappe, in what is likely his last season with the club, emerged as the hero with a brace, while Ousmane Dembele and Vitinha also got on the scoresheet.

Red Card Turns the Tide

Barcelona started brightly, taking the lead through Raphinha in the 12th minute. However, the complexion of the match changed dramatically in the 29th minute when Ronald Araujo was sent off for a last-man foul on Bradley Barcola. This red card proved to be a turning point, giving PSG a significant advantage for the remaining hour.

Taking full control, PSG equalized just ten minutes later through Dembélé, who silenced his former club's jeers with a composed finish. Vitinha then put PSG ahead in the 54th minute with a well-struck shot from outside the area. Mbappe sealed the win with a penalty in the 89th minute after Dembélé was fouled in the box. He added a second goal in injury time to cap off a memorable night.

Disappointment for Barcelona

Despite creating chances, particularly through Ilkay Gündogan and Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona were unable to find a way back into the game. Coach Xavi Hernández was also sent off for dissent, adding to his team's frustrations.

PSG Flashbacks with Barcelona sends to the Semis

This victory marks a significant turnaround for PSG, who had suffered consecutive exits in the round of 16. They will now face Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals, offering a chance to reach their first Champions League final since 2020.

Mbappe Shines on Big Stage

Mbappe's performance was truly world-class. His goals and overall contribution were vital in securing the win. With this performance, he has now reached the 40-goal mark in all competitions for the third time in four seasons and has scored an impressive 13 goals in his last 13 Champions League matches.

This dramatic comeback victory will be remembered for a long time by PSG fans. The stage is now set for another exciting Champions League semi-final clash against Borussia Dortmund.

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