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Mbappe lands the killer blow as Barca implode

- At Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys

Barcelona saw red three times as Paris Saint-Germain sent them crashing out of the champions league last night. Barca had to play with 10 men for an hour after defender ronald araujo was sent off on 29 minutes. and romanian referee Istvan Kovacs later showed red cards to manager Xavi and goalkeepin­g coach Jose ramon de la Fuente as PSG won 4-1 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate. Barcelona made it 1-0 on 12 minutes with a goal scored by raphinha but made by lamine Yamal, after araujo played a long crossfield pass to the teenager who took on nuno Mendes. The PSG left back had no chance as Yamal dropped a shoulder and accelerate­d past him to the byline, where he pulled the back for former leeds forward raphinha to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma at the near post. It was the perfect start for Barcelona but the complexion of the game changed dramatical­ly on the half-hour when araujo was adjudged to have brought down Bradley Barcola just before he burst into the area. Kovacs sent him off and it was a double boost for PSG because Xavi then took off Yamal to bring on defender Inigo Martinez. Five minutes before the break PSG were level on the night after Barcola crossed from the left. It flashed past Kylian Mbappe but ousmane Dembele arrived down the right to smash it in to make it 4-3 on aggregate. Dembele almost levelled the tie on half-time but volleyed just wide as the home crowd took aim at the former Barcelona forward. PSG levelled on aggregate on 54 minutes when Vitinha’s shot fizzed through a crowd of players from the edge of the area and past Marc-andre ter Stegen. The next decision that went against Barcelona provoked Xavi to kick a UeFa hoarding and he was shown a red card. That meant he wasn’t in his technical area to see Mbappe make it 5-4 on aggregate from the penalty spot after Joao cancelo had chopped down Dembele.

De la Fuente was the next to be sent off before Donnarumma denied robert lewandowsk­i and then Mbappe added his second of the night to make it 4-1 on the break with one minute left.

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GETTY IMAGES Thrilled: Mbappe

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