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Kylian Mbappe Reveals Why He Took Penalty Over Lionel Messi In PSG Win

Kylian Mbappe has revealed that Lionel Messi chose to pass over a last-minute missed penalty to him in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-2 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday night.

Messi was pivotal in changing the direction of the match – scoring twice to take PSG from 2-1 down to 3-2 up – and when Achraf Hakimi was fouled in the box in injury time a second penalty of the night was handed to the hosts to seal the points.

Mbappe revealed that his respect for Messi led to the Argentinian taking the first spot kick of the night, which he scored with a delicate panenka, but the two traded responsibilities second time around – even though Messi could’ve scored his first hat-trick for his new club since joining from Barcelona had he taken it.

Mbappe was handed the second penalty but went on to miss it – blazing the ball over the bar – though his error didn’t alter the result.

“There is a penalty, and he shoots it, period. The second, he wanted to give it to me, and I missed it, but the first is his decision; he must shoot it.”

“Yes, we traded, he said to me, ‘take it!’. It was the end, 90th minute, it was over, and I took it.”

PSG top their Champions League group at the midway point with seven points from three games, one point ahead of Manchester City – who they beat in Paris on matchday two. RB Leipzig sit bottom of the group with no points from three matches, with a mountain to climb to stay in European football for the remainder of the season.

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