Mbappe’s power and strength were on full display when he shook off a defender tugging desperately on his shirt to score a memorable goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
which claimed a Europa League spot.
Watch the incredible winning two goals of PSG vs Juventus!
But PSG had to settle for second place in Group H since Benfica moved ahead on away goals with a 6-1 rout at Maccabi Haifa.
Benfica and PSG each finished with 14 points while Juventus and Maccabi
Early in the first half,
inexperienced Juventus defender Federico Gatti did all he could to hold Mbappe back but the France forward seemed unperturbed and quickly
cut inside past Manuel Locatelli before unleashing a powerful shot past three more defenders that ricocheted in off the post.
It was Mbappe’s seventh goal in the six-game group stage and 40th in 59 career Champions League matches. At age 23,
he eclipsed teammate Lionel Messi to become the youngest to score 40 goals in Europe’s top club competition.
Mbappe already scored four goals when he helped France win the last World Cup in 2018. If France makes another run in this year’s tournament,
which starts Nov. 20,
he could score even more.
Juventus captain Leonardo Bonucci equalized before the break from close range by redirecting in a header from Juan Cuadrado for his first Champions League goal in six years.
Midway through the second half,
Mbappe slotted a perfectly placed pass to set up substitute Nuno Mendes for the winner on a counterattack.
With the club missing 11 players due to injury,
Juventus fans cheered loudly when key winger Federico Chiesa came on in the second half to mark his return from a long-term injury layoff.
then had a potential goal from Locatelli waved off for offside.
Juventus lost their group stage finale 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night. Considering all of the injury absences and all,
it’s not a surprise to see Juve lose that fifth game out of six in the group stage. But, overall, Juventus were actually a pleasant surprise,
with the extremely shorthanded Bianconeri actually hanging with a PSG side that was very much trying to play for the top spot in Group H until Benfica totally ran away with things against Maccabi Haifa.
There was late drama as Paris Saint-Germain rounded off their group stage campaign in the Champions League with a 2-1 win over Juventus – but it was only enough for them to qualify second in the group.