Mbappé double fires PSG into Champions League quarterfinal



Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappé scored twice to lead them into the Champions League quarterfinal with a comfortable 2-1 win at Real Sociedad in their round of second leg that wrapped up a 4-1 aggregate victory Tuesday.

Bidding to win their first Champions League title, a disciplined PSG made the most of their chances from counter attacks, with the lightning fast Mbappé a constant menace.

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After a remarkable group stage when they went unbeaten to finish ahead of last year's finalists Inter Milan in Group D, LaLiga side Real Sociedad, who are struggling with injuries and have won one of their past 10 matches in all competitions, ran out of steam.

Mbappé was enjoying an inspired night, and his speed and agility were too much for the hosts' defence to handle. He was virtually unstoppable down left channel, and Tuesday's brace means he has scored 11 of PSG's past 15 Champions League knockout goals.

Kylian Mbappé scored twice in San Sebastian to secure PSG's path to the Champions League quarterfinal. Getty
Kylian Mbappé scored twice in San Sebastian to secure PSG's path to the Champions League quarterfinal.

"We knew right away that we couldn't go to sleep," Mbappe told Canal Plus. "If they had opened the scoring, they would have pushed on with their fans' backing.

"We had to dampen their hopes early on. That's what we did, and we're very happy to be back in the quarterfinals."

Mbappé created a couple of opportunities early on before scoring the opener with a fabulous curling strike in the 15th minute.

After receiving a long pass from Ousmane Dembélé, he surged into the box, darting in from the byline and feigning to shoot, before shifting the ball out of his feet again and creating just enough space to fire a curling effort into the far corner.

The goal silenced a sold-out Reale Arena, who were seemingly stunned by the vision and technique of the France captain, who had a similar effort later denied by keeper Álex Remiro.

But Mbappé scored again in the 56th minute as he took a Lee Kang-in through ball in his stride before bursting into the box and beating the goalkeeper at his near post.

PSG seemed content to sit back against a tame Real Sociedad who carried little threat for most of the game.

They tried to make a late push, but were first denied by the post from a Martín Zubimendi strike and then by keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who made a fine reflex save to deny Beñat Turrientes from close range.

Mikel Merino finally netted a consolation goal in the 89th minute with a deflected strike, but it was too little too late to prevent PSG reaching the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in three years.


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