Paris Saint-Germain defeats FC Barcelona

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In a stunning upset in the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated FC Barcelona 5-2 on aggregate to advance to the quarterfinals of the competition. The victory was especially sweet for PSG, as it came against the team that had defeated them in the infamous "Remontada" match in 2017. PSG entered the second leg of the Round of 16 tie with a 4-1 lead, thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappe in the first leg. However, with Barcelona's history of comebacks in the competition, PSG knew that they couldn't take anything for granted. The match got off to a tense start, with Barcelona putting pressure on the PSG defense early on. However, PSG weathered the storm and began to assert themselves as the half went on. In the 27th minute, Mbappe struck again, scoring a brilliant goal to give PSG a 1-0 lead.

Barcelona continued to press for an equalizer, but PSG's defense held strong, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas making several important saves. In the 65th minute, PSG doubled their lead, with a goal from Moise Kean. Barcelona responded quickly, with a goal from Lionel Messi in the 70th minute to make it 2-1. However, any hopes of a Barcelona comeback were dashed just five minutes later, as Mbappe scored his second goal of the match to make it 3-1 to PSG. Barcelona continued to fight, and they pulled a goal back in the 85th minute through a penalty from Messi. However, PSG had the last laugh, with a late goal from Pablo Sarabia to seal a 5-2 aggregate victory. The win was a historic one for PSG, as they became just the second team to eliminate Barcelona from the Champions League after leading by three or more goals in the first leg. For Barcelona, it was a disappointing end to their Champions League campaign, and questions will now be asked about the future of the team. For PSG, however, the victory was a statement of intent. With Mbappe in scintillating form and the team looking solid defensively, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the later stages of the competition. As they look ahead to the quarterfinals, PSG will be hoping to build on this victory and continue their pursuit of the Champions League trophy.