As Kylian Mbappe nets against Manchester City, remarkable Champions Leagu stat comes to the fore

As Kylian Mbappe nets against Manchester City, remarkable Champions Leagu stat comes to the fore

Mbappe brings up his 50th Champions League game

Paris Saint Germain travelled to the Etihad to take on Manchester City in the knowledge that a win would take them through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, while the hosts needed just a point to progress.

The inclusion of Kylian Mbappe, despite a suspected injury, was in itself a milestone as it brought up the young prodigy’s 50th Champions League appearance, for both PSG and formerly Monaco.

In reaching this milestone, he became the second-youngest player to ever do so, behind only Cesc Fabregas, who managed the feat at Arsenal.

And what better way to mark the occasion than by netting the opening goal? Following some good work from Lionel Messi and Neymar, the French star buried the ball through the legs of Ederson and into the back of the net, giving PSG a little-deserved lead.

Manchester City have since equalised through Raheem Sterling.

Intruiging stat emerges

Perhaps summing up Manchester City’s struggles in the Champions League, a surprising stat about Mbappe has since surfaced.

The PSG star netted his first-ever Champions League goal while playing against Manchester City, albeit for AS Monaco, in the 2016-17 season, as they put the Citizens out of the competition.

Now, on his 50th appearance for PSG, he has netted his 29th Champions League goal, also against Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola and co. must be getting sick of the sight of him.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 12 26 29
2 Manchester City 12 19 26
3 Liverpool FC 12 24 25
4 West Ham United 12 9 23
5 Arsenal FC 12 -4 20
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 0 19
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 12 -1 17
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 17
10 Crystal Palace 12 1 16
11 Everton FC 12 -3 15
12 Leicester City 12 -5 15
13 Southampton FC 12 -3 14
14 Brentford FC 12 -1 13
15 Aston Villa 12 -4 13
16 Watford FC 12 -4 13
17 Leeds United 12 -8 11
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 12 -20 8
20 Newcastle United 12 -12 6
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 4
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
King, Joshua Watford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4

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