Messi scores his first goal for Saint-Germain and leads him to victory over Manchester City in Champions League

Paris: Lionel Messi gave Paris St Germain fans what they came for after leading his team to a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in the Champions League match, scoring his first goal for his new club Tuesday. The Argentinian striker, who arrived at PSG on a two-year contract after leaving Barcelona, ​​hit the cross in goal in the second half to double the score after Idrissa Guy opened the scoring in the first half leading the Parisians in advantage in Group A with four points. 34-year-old Messi made a quiet performance in his fourth match for Paris Saint-Germain until he scored on a counterattack after swapping the ball with France forward Kylian Mbappe. After two games, City are third with three points, one point behind Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge, who have beaten in away 2-1 the Razen Bale Sport RB Leipzig. After missing two games due to a knee bruise, Messi began meeting City in the starting line-up alongside Mbappé and Neymar and for a long time it seemed that the Argentine striker’s role was not suitable for a team playing. in counterattack. But he scored in the 74th minute, scoring his 121st goal in the top-tier competition for club of Europe, igniting the enthusiasm of the fans of the Parc des Princes, who have long chanted his name after confirming the victory of the Parisian team. Paris Saint-Germain lost many chances during last season’s 4-1 aggregate loss to City in semifinal, but this time he decided things in advance. With Italian midfielder Marco Verratti returning from a knee injury and fellow Euro 2020 winner Gianluigi Donnarumma attending goalkeepers at the expense of Keylor Navas, Paris Saint-Germain pressed early and quickly scored from his first attack in thearea penalty of the City. A goal in start At the eighth minute, Mbappe receives the ball in an empty space and passes to Neymar, who fails to shoot, but Jay shoots into the upper corner after a weak attempt by Kyle Walker to clear the ball. The presence of Verratti is precious in amidst Paris Saint-Germain to free his team from the pressure of the City players, the French threaten in counterattack and Joao Cancelo is booked for a foul on Mbappe. Paris Saint-Germain were not affected by City’s possession, but received a yellow card in the 26th minute when a header from Raheem Sterling hit the crossbar and fell on Bernardo Silva, who hit the crossbar again with the door open for him. City lacked ferocity in front of goal, and despite Donnarumma stepping in to save three chances after around half an hour, Paris Saint-Germain were closest to scoring from a counterattack that ended with Ander Herrera’s shot saved by the keeper. Ederson after a pass by Mbappe. Donnarumma intervened again to save Robin Diaz’s header after Kevin De Bruyne fled receiving a red card after a violent confrontation with Guy. The City increases the pressure at the beginning of the second half and Donnarumma returns to the protagonist to save a low shot from De Bruyne. But Paris Saint-Germain’s counter-attacks are dangerous, and in the 65th minute Neymar receives a pass from Messi, but the Brazilian forward shoots wide as Mbappé waits for a cross from the left. Then it was Messi’s turn to shine. The Argentine threw the ball towardsarea penalty and passed it to Mbappe, who returned it to Messi with the heel of his foot to hit the corner of the goalposts. (Reuters)

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