Messi scores first PSG goal in Champions League win over Man City


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Lionel Messi scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goal on Tuesday and it was a significant one, helping put Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the sword in a 2-0 Champions League win for the French club.

Messi’s goal was both stunning and also so typical of the Argentine, as he burst forward from the right and played a one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box, holding off Aymeric Laporte before sending a first-time strike high into the net.

It raised the roof at the Parc des Princes, as PSG supporters celebrated seeing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner open his account for the club he joined in August.

“The most important thing was to win the game against a great side, one of the favourites,” Messi told broadcaster Canal Plus.

“It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal. I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.”

Idrissa Gana Gueye, arguably PSG’s best player this season, had given the hosts an early lead to leave City chasing the game.

Guardiola’s side, who beat the French club in the semi-finals last season before losing the final, dominated large spells of the match in between the two goals, but their finishing let them down.

They will especially rue the moment in the first half when Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva each hit the bar in quick succession, but City will still be confident of progressing to the last 16.


“We controlled them and unfortunately we could not score. That’s football. Nothing to say except my biggest compliment to the team,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

Of Messi he added: “We know it’s impossible to control Leo. He didn’t see a lot of the ball, but he’s unstoppable.”

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Source : france24

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