Paris St-Germain 2-0 Real Sociedad: Kylian Mbappe marks return from injury with goal

Kylian Mbappe’s contract at Paris St-Germain runs out at the end of June and the 2018 World Cup winner has been linked with a move to Real Madrid

Kylian Mbappe marked his return from injury with a goal as Paris St-Germain took control of their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Sociedad.

The French champions have an underwhelming Champions League record and were enduring a frustrating night until Mbappe pounced.

Having missed his side’s previous match with an ankle problem, Mbappe scored at the back post after a corner.

Bradley Barcola added the second with a lovely finish past Alex Remiro.

Real Sociedad keeper Remiro had earlier denied Mbappe a second when he tipped his attempt on to the crossbar.

PSG were far from their best in the first half and Real Sociedad’s Mikel Merino hit the bar just before half-time.

Real Sociedad will believe they can turn it around in the second leg in Spain on 5 March, but will have to offer a much more attacking threat than in Paris.

Mbappe ignores speculation to carry on scoring

Qatar-owned PSG have spent vast sums on transfer fees and wages in recent years only to be eliminated from the last 16 of the Champions League five times in the past seven seasons.

They have won nine Ligue 1 titles since Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011 but, with European success eluding the club, they have also appointed seven managers in that time – four of those in the past four years.

Luis Enrique, their latest manager who steered Barcelona to Champions League glory in 2014-15, returns to Spain for the second leg in three weeks’ time knowing his team are in a strong position to advance thanks partly to Mbappe.

With the forward’s contract running out at the end of June there has been much speculation about his future, but to his credit the 2018 World Cup winner with France has delivered goals all season.

Mbappe has been directly involved in 38 in 30 appearances for his club this season (31 goals, seven assists), the most of any player in Europe’s big five leagues across all competitions.

In January Mbappe, who has been linked with Real Madrid, said he had not made a decision about his future and it remains to be seen where he will be playing his football next season.

His performance against Real Sociedad illustrated what a huge asset he is to PSG, with four of his seven attempts on target.

He would have walked away with the match ball but for Remiro, who denied Mbappe as early as the sixth minute after he was played in with only the keeper to beat.

Bradley Barcola celebrates scoring Paris St-Germain's second goal against Real Sociedad in the Champions League
Bradley Barcola, 21, was one of three players in Paris St-Germain’s starting XI aged 21 or under – also Warren Zaire-Emery, 17, and Lucas Beraldo, 20

Real Sociedad fade after bright start

This was Real Sociedad’s first knockout tie in the competition for 20 years.

It appeared to be going to plan for the team from the Basque Country as they limited PSG to a handful of chances in the first half, before conceding twice in the space of 12 minutes.

The absence of captain Mikel Oyarzabal because of injury was a blow, and manager Imanol Alguacil will hope his leading goalscorer is fit to play in the return leg.

Real Sociedad conceded as many goals in the French capital as they did in the entire group stage – two in six games – while this was their first defeat in European competition since March 2023, ending a seven-match unbeaten run.

Player of the match

AramburuJon Aramburu

Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number10Player nameDembélé

  2. Squad number11Player nameAsensio

  3. Squad number7Player nameMbappé

  4. Squad number21Player nameHernández

  5. Squad number2Player nameHakimi

  6. Squad number99Player nameG Donnarumma

  7. Squad number29Player nameBarcola

  8. Squad number17Player nameVitinha

  9. Squad number23Player nameKolo Muani

  10. Squad number5Player nameMarquinhos

  11. Squad number8Player nameRuiz

  12. Squad number33Player nameZaïre-Emery

  13. Squad number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  14. Squad number35Player nameBeraldo

Real Sociedad

  1. Squad number42Player nameAramburu

  2. Squad number14Player nameKubo

  3. Squad number20Player namePacheco

  4. Squad number22Player nameTurrientes

  5. Squad number21Player nameAndré Silva

  6. Squad number8Player nameMerino

  7. Squad number4Player nameZubimendi

  8. Squad number19Player nameSadiq

  9. Squad number23Player nameMéndez

  10. Squad number7Player nameBarrenetxea

  11. Squad number18Player nameTraoré

  12. Squad number24Player nameLe Normand

  13. Squad number25Player nameGalán

  14. Squad number5Player nameZubeldia

  15. Squad number1Player nameRemiro

  16. Squad number12Player nameZakharyan

Line-ups

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 99G Donnarumma
  • 2Hakimi
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 15DaniloSubstituted forHernándezat 72′minutes
  • 35Lopes Beraldo
  • 33Zaïre-Emery
  • 8Ruiz
  • 17Vitinha
  • 10DembéléSubstituted forKolo Muaniat 83′minutes
  • 7Mbappé
  • 29BarcolaSubstituted forAsensioat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 4Ugarte
  • 9Gonçalo Ramos
  • 11Asensio
  • 21Hernández
  • 23Kolo Muani
  • 26Mukiele
  • 28Soler
  • 38Mbappé
  • 41Mayulu
  • 80Tenas

Real Sociedad

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Remiro
  • 18TraoréBooked at 90mins
  • 5Zubeldia
  • 24Le NormandBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPachecoat 78′minutes
  • 25GalánSubstituted forAramburuat 88′minutes
  • 23MéndezSubstituted forTurrientesat 79′minutes
  • 4Zubimendi
  • 8Merino
  • 14Kubo
  • 21André SilvaSubstituted forSadiqat 79′minutes
  • 7BarrenetxeaSubstituted forZakharyanat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Zakharyan
  • 13Marrero
  • 15González
  • 16Olasagasti
  • 19Sadiq
  • 20Pacheco
  • 22Turrientes
  • 28Magunazelaia
  • 29Marín
  • 37Fraga
  • 42Aramburu

Referee:
Marco Guida

Attendance:
46,435

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