Kylian Mbappe's Brace Fires PSG Top Of UCL After Beating Juventus.

A first-half brace from Kylian Mbappe helped Paris Saint-Germain defeat Juventus 2-1 at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night, to take the lead in Group H of the Champions League.

Mbappe has scored nine goals in only six games so far this season, and it took him just five minutes to open his account in Europe for the year.

The PSG star, who acknowledged having a rocky relationship with Neymar before to the game, found his Brazilian teammate with a sharp pass infield before charging into the penalty area. Mbappe enthusiastically accepted the invitation by launching a volley beyond Mattia Perin after Neymar returned the favor with a through pass that was scooped over the defense. 

Achraf Hakimi assisted Mbappe on his second goal, which was scored midway through the first half and low to the left of the goal from within the penalty area.

Early in the second half, as he sprinted down the right and headed for the goal, the 23-year-old almost scored a hat-trick. But the ensuing shot only managed to hit the side netting. However, he chose not to square it to Neymar in a better position to score, giving his detractors more ammunition.

A few minutes later, Juventus' Weston McKennie brought them back into the game. The American, who had come in for the visitors at halftime, made a point by heading in a cross from the left by Filip Kostic.

Kylian Mbappe speaking after the game said: “We’re happy. I think we could have given ourselves margin for error earlier and pushed a bit more in the second half. Even in the first half we could have done that, but we did the most important thing. We played well and we got a win in a tremendous atmosphere at home. We always want to play against big teams — that’s why you play in the Champions League. It’s that sort of atmosphere we love; matches like this, in which you have to show character.”

"I’ve got a new role in the team... He added.

"The coach wants me both to be a focal point of the attack - so that I get in behind defences - and to drop off and be the link between Leo and Neymar. I’m trying to adapt as best I can to this new role while trying to still make the difference.”

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