Real Sociedad vs PSG Player ratings as Kylian Mbappe secures crucial victory

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PSG held a commanding 2-0 lead from the first leg when they traveled to San Sebastián to face Real Sociedad and never really looked like dropping out of the competition against the Spanish side.

Although the focus was on Kylian Mbappe’s return, it was the hosts who had the better chances early on, with Takefuso Kubo feeling he should have done better with a cross that eluded PSG’s makeshift backline.

PSG continued to try to increase their advantage in the tie and Bradley Barcola saw his effort from six yards saved after excellent work from Kylian Mbappé down the left.

However, Mbappé was not kept out of the headlines for long and the Frenchman opened the scoring after quarter of an hour when he fired past Alex Remiro with such power that a short stoppage was needed to make amends.

He almost added a second through Barcola’s cutback but was denied by a superb save from Alex Remir as the French side continued to outclass their opponents in the opening half hour. La Reale offered little going forward and it looked far more likely that PSG would double their lead before half-time rather than the home side finding a way back into the tie.

And then came the second half which got them right, Mbappé beating Sociedad’s high line and running in behind before curling a lashing finish at the near post to book his side’s place in the last 8.

Real Sociedad had the ball in the net late on, but an offside flag denied them a consolation. Too late they began to show some intent as they came close a few times, but the tie was already firmly out of sight.

With a minute to go, the visitors finally opened their account after persistent pressure, Mikel Merino firing home from 8 yards to make the scoreline a bit more respectable. However, in the end it was too little too late and PSG made it to the last 8 in the competition.

PSG Player ratings

Gianluigi Donnarumma (7/10): Didn’t have loads to do, but made one particularly impressive stop. Could do nothing about La Real’s goal.

Achraf Hakimi (7/10): Didn’t get forward as much as usual, but willingly tucked into midfield to offer cover, and snuff out counter-attacks.

Lucas Hernandez (6/10): Odd to see the heavily left-footed player used as a right-sided centre-back. Went about things effectively.

Lucas Beraldo (7/10): Made one excellent tackle to deny a clear opportunity for La Real. A composed performance from the 20-year-old, who looks better every week. Perhaps could have done more to deny the consolation goal.

Nuno Mendes (5/10): A bit of a shaky outing. Picked up an early booking, and was removed on the hour. Struggled to deal with Kubo.

Warren Zaire-Emery (6/10): A willing and effective runner with the ball from midfield. Didn’t have many opportunities to create, but he can turn in gutsy showings, too.

Vitinha (7/10): An impressive display in the middle of the park. Completed all but two of his passes, kept the ball moving, and covered loads of ground. Nothing sexy about his play, but he turned in the kind of disciplined showing the Parisians needed.

Fabian Ruiz (7/10): Not always the tidiest on the ball, but can’t be faulted for his effort. It’s telling that he seems to be favoured for the big games.

Ousmane Dembele (8/10): Deployed, oddly, as a No.10 behind split strikers. It worked a charm, with the Frenchman proving adept at linking play and providing a lovely assist for Mbappe’s second. A new position, perhaps?

Bradley Barcola (4/10):  Touched the ball nine times, missed a good chance, and didn’t have much of an impact on the game. A forgettable night.

Kylian Mbappe (9/10): Scored a ridiculous first goal to silence those who thought he should be benched. Bagged an equally impressive second to seal it. Denied a third by an excellent save. For all of the exit talk, he’s still the undisputed star man.

SUB

Lee-Kang In (7/10): Energetic on the right. Perhaps should have been handed the start here

Nordi Mukiele (6/10): A solid shift at left-back.

Manuel Ugarte (N/A): No time to make an impact. Has fallen out of favour.

Randal Kolo Muani (N/A): No time to make an impact.

Carlos Soler (N/A): Ten misused minutes at right-back.

Player of the match –  Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

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