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UEFA Champions League: Mbappe’s Burst in Barcelona, Liverpool Routine Against RB Leipzig

UEFA Champions League: Mbappe’s Burst in Barcelona, Liverpool Routine Against RB Leipzig

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Liverpool and PSG swept away their rivals in the first legs of UEFA Champions League‘s Round of 16 stages. The Reds defeated RB Leipzig in Budapest, 0-2, while PSG smashed Barcelona at Camp Nou, 1-3.

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Barcelona took the lead in the 27th minute, through Lionel Messi, who converted a penalty. Just five minutes later, Mbappe posted his name on the scoresheet, scoring the first of his three goals.

The game could have gone either way until halftime, but the result remained, 1-1. As soon as the second half started, the guests began taking over the control of the field, and the reward came in the 65th minute when Mbappe scored his second goal.

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Five minutes after him, Moise Kean managed to extend Barcelona’s misery further, while Mbappe crowned his fantastic performance with a goal in the 85th minute, recording another hat-trick in his young career.

The situation in Barcelona won’t be pleasant following this massive defeat, and we might expect cardinal changes. Messi is apparently unhappy for quite some time, and such humiliation will only increase his frustration.

Liverpool’s Rise in Budapest

Liverpool went to Hungary, where the game was played due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, being doubted a lot following the poor results in the domestic league over the past few weeks. But that didn’t bother Jurgen Klopp’s team to routinely handle RB Leipzig and get back to England with a two-goal win and a clean sheet.

Five minutes were enough for the Reds to knockout the rivals, who were defending pretty well in the opening 45 minutes. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were the ones who broke the lock of the Germans in the 53rd and the 55th minute, and that was it from the Reds who calmly wrapped up the remaining part of the event.

After having a very poor stretch in the past several weeks, the Reds are back in the saddle and this win will boost their morale for certain.

As for Red Bull, they certainly didn’t expect to be handled like this. Julian Nagelsman’s side was inferior during the majority of the game, and it is safe to say that Jurgen Klopp outsmarted his colleague and compatriots.

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There are two more UCL games this week, Sevilla vs. Borussia Dortmund and Porto vs. Juventus.

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