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Barcelona's brutal reality check: Mbappe-inspired PSG reveals why Messi wanted to leave Camp Nou

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The Blaugrana captain gave his side a penalty at Camp Nou, but Ronald Koeman's side surrendered to a 4-1 defeat in the second half. There was buzz, spirit, but in the end there was Kylian Mbappe and a brutal reality check for Barcelona.

Ronald Koeman's side suffered a 4-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last knockout round on Tuesday night and they become one need more "remontada" to get out of this. It doesn't look likely the whole season is almost over in terms of possible trophies, but that campaign never looked promising on that front after Bayern Munich's 8-2 annihilation and Lionel Messi's foiled escape attempt last summer. 

Koeman took on the mandate to move some of them on It's sad but not surprising that they are here and no longer part of the elite teams in the game. 

They are close to being eliminated in Europe, 2-0 in the Copa semi-finals del Rey against Sevilla and eight points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after Messi played a game with more than 

A good results in 2021 The rise of 18-year-old starlet Pedri Gonzalez gave Barcelona hope, brought about by injuries to Neymar and Angel di Maria, who banned them from that first leg in Catalonia, was reinforced.

The pendulum shifted from favor with PSG runner-up in 2020 when the last 16 draws were made towards Barcelona. At least we thought so. The first half reflected this in an end-to-end thriller.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen and the nervous Sergino Dest managed to stop Mbappe in the first minute, while Pedri's great pass for Antoine Griezmann was wasted by the striker. 

Barcelona took the lead from Messi, scoring their fourth goal in the Champions League this season, all from the penalty spot after Layvin Kurzawa beat Frenkie de Jong.

It was a fortuitous trip for the French full-back, a gentle penalty that the memories of the conceded two goals in the infamous 6-1 comeback in March 2017, but he got in touch with the Dutchman. 

Messi's penalty was hard hit home (no wonder Manchester City are interested in him!) and 2021 is now 17th Calendar year in a row that he achieved in the Champions League. This matches the record set by Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez between 1995 and 2011. 

Ousmane Dembele should have doubled Barcelona's lead t sent a tame shot at Keylor Navas, recalling his infamous miss against Liverpool in the 2019 semi-finals that should have put his team 4-0 ahead. Instead, the score stayed at three and we all know what happened at Anfield ... 

Barcelona had to pay then and now when Mbappe quickly fired the PSG level. If he had a lucky moment when his lazy touch to control bounced toward him instead of away from him, there was nothing lucky about what happened next. 

 With lightning-fast reactions, he cut to the left and then passed Ter Stegen, on the roof of 

Mbappé, Mbappé's minor compatriot, Griezmann, fired wide on the other end in a strong Barcelona counterattack, already that showed they were still in the fight. The second was a poacher's shot and after the unmarked Moise Kean headed in the third, Mbappé produced a brilliant curly shot to kill Barcelona and the draw on a quick counter. 

 Barcelona rushed Gerard Piqué back from an injury of almost three months for this game, but he could also have stayed at home while Mbappé played for Barcelona, ​​who always fell back, fidgeted and finally fell apart. 

 This was not An 8-2 humiliation at the end of was like against Bayern, but it wasn't a fair fight in the end either, it showed how far Barcelona still have to go to get back what it was. 

 It also shows why Messi was desperate to leave in the summer, and why it could do it in the summer to come. 

 There may be still more fall left before Barcelona can rise again. 

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