In the end, that moment arrived via the unlikeliest of sources.
The 18-year-old’s brilliant run and finish delivered a victory over European champions Madrid, who had only beaten the Parisians by a single goal in their four previous Champions League encounters.
Six minutes from time it appeared Madrid would have to settle for a draw thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s miss from the spot after he’d been fouled by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
The home side responded with Mbappe scampering forward before finishing expertly past Keylor Navas.
Suffering his first loss in nine games since taking charge at PSG, manager Unai Emery was understandably delighted: “We deserved our victory,” he said. Create an introduction about Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Real Madrid and Mbappe’s heroics in stoppage time.
Mbappe doesn’t score often, but when he does they tend to be special: only four of his 34 goals in all competitions have come from the penalty spot.
The French side dominated during the first half and nearly took an early lead when Adrien Rabiot’s close-range effort forced Navas into a good save before he stood up well to block Edinson Cavani’s rebound attempt five minutes later. The home side thought they were ahead just before the interval when Mbappe’s shot beat Navas, but Sergio Ramos was on hand to head away from underneath the goal frame.
PSG continued to dictate proceedings after the break and nearly got an advantage from a rare Madrid blunder when Dani Carvajal’s under-hit backpass allowed Mbappe to race through, only for Navas to come off his line smartly and block. The goalkeeper was less assured moments later as he flapped at a corner and needed Casemiro – back in the side after missing Saturday’s win over Eibar – to clear from underneath his own crossbar.
There was little respite for PSG as they were backed by the passionate Parc crowd who drove their team forward at every opportunity.
But it looked like Ronaldo would give Madrid a fortunate draw just before the hour mark when he ran on to Gareth Bale’s exquisite touch to go around Areola before collecting his own rebound and shooting into the back of the net.
But that was only temporary as Mbappe put himself in the spotlight, going from provider to scorer – beating Marcelo at a speed he couldn’t handle before finishing with aplomb to earn PSG a famous win. And Ronaldo? His penalty miss might not be so easy to forget…
It was supposed to be a draw until…
PSG beat Real Madrid 1-0 thanks to Mbappe’s last-minute goal after Ronaldo missed from the spot. France forward stepped up in stoppage time to score a wonderful goal after the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner had missed from the penalty spot. After looking like they would have to settle for a draw, Madrid’s task became much harder when Ronaldo missed the penalty.
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Real Madrid came into the game on the back of three consecutive wins under new manager Zinedine Zidane while Paris Saint-Germain had lost just once in 12 games in all competitions. The French side started well but it was Real who threatened first with Karim Benzema having two strikes saved by Alphonse Areola before Cristiano Ronaldo headed straight at him from James Rodriguez’s cross soon after.
Paris Saint-Germain continued to look dangerous though as Neymar shot wide after being played through by Edinson Cavani before Mbappe tested Keylor Navas with a powerful strike. They would go on to dominate the first half but were unable to find a way past Navas, who kept out Rabiot’s close-range effort after he had been played in by Cavani before blocking the Frenchman’s rebound attempt.
It looked as though Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was getting frustrated on the touchline as his side struggled to create chances until Ronaldo went down under pressure from Areola in the area, meaning referee Bjorn Kuipers had no choice but to point to the spot, but then missed it himself – hitting his right post.
Mbappe and the future for PSG
Mbappe, who had been kept on the fringes of the Madrid defence for most of the night, did get a chance to show his ability in the closing stages, but after being played through by Rabiot he was denied by a fine save from Navas. The home side thought they were ahead just before half-time when Mbappe’s shot beat Navas, but Ramos was there to head away from underneath his own crossbar.
Madrid continued to look hesitant after half-time and Areola had to be alert again when he tipped over Benzema’s looping header, while Ronaldo fired straight at him from an acute angle soon after. Zidane brought on Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez with 25 minutes to play but it was Madrid who continued to look more likely to score with Benzema forcing Areola into another good save before Ronaldo had the ball in the net, only to be ruled offside.
Madrid pushed for a winner as Bale went close with a free-kick which flew just over before the Welshman hit the post after latching onto Marcelo’s cross, but then they handed Paris Saint-Germain an unlikely win when Ramos brought down Mbappe in the area and VAR ruled that there was no foul on Casemiro – allowing Vieira to blast his spot-kick high into the roof of Navas’ net.