Messi opens account of Ligue 1 in the victory of PSG

Lionel Messi’s previous PSG goals came against Manchester City and RB Leipzig in the Champions League

Lionel Messi scored his first goal in Ligue 1 as 10-man Paris St-Germain advanced 13 points clear at the top with a late rally to beat Nantes.

Messi took a left-footed shot on goal from 20 yards with three minutes remaining.

Kylian Mbappé had given PSG an early lead, but the hosts were reduced to 10 men when goalkeeper Keylor Navas ran from their area to foul Ludovic Blas.

Nantes tied with Randal Kolo Muani’s heel, but an own goal from Dennis Appiah and a measured shot from Messi won.

The victory was Les Parisiens twelfth in 14 league games and it looked like it was going to be a matter of course after they dominated the first half, boosted by Mbappé’s opener in the second minute.

However, Nantes goalkeeper Albon Lafont kept the visitors in with a series of saves to thwart Messi and Neymar before rival Navas was red by a reckless rush of blood.

His replacement Sergio Rico, brought by Neymar, saved well a Muani header but could not avoid the improvised rebound of the Nantes striker.

But Appiah’s interception of a Messi’s pass went over Lafont from 20 yards before the former Barcelona player, whose three previous PSG goals had come in the Champions League, broke his domestic duck in his sixth. Ligue 1 match.

Lineups

PSG

Training 4-3-3

  • 1NavasReserved at 65 minutes
  • 2Hakimi
  • 24Kehrer
  • 22Diallo
  • 14Bernat
  • 27Gueye
  • 8WallsReplaced forDaniloto 89 ‘minutes
  • 6VerrattiBooked in 71 minutesReplaced forWijnaldumto 75 ‘minutes
  • 30Messi
  • 7Mbappe
  • 10NeymarReplaced forrichto 68 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Icardi
  • elevenSay Maria
  • fifteenDanilo
  • sixteenrich
  • 17Dagba
  • 18Wijnaldum
  • twenty-oneHerrera
  • 25Tavares mendes
  • 28Ebimbe

Nantes

Training 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lafont
  • 24CorchiaReplaced forAppiahto 42 ‘minutes
  • twenty-oneCastelletto
  • 3Girotto
  • 2Pereira da SilvaReplaced forMerlinto 58 ‘minutes
  • 18MoutoussamyReplaced forCypriento 77 ‘minutes
  • 5ChirivellaReserved at 39 minutes
  • elevenCoconutReplaced forGeubbelsto 77 ‘minutes
  • 10BlahReserved at 83 minutes
  • 23Kolo muani
  • 7CoulibalyReplaced forBukarito 58 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Cyprien
  • 12Appiah
  • 14Traoré
  • 19Geubbels
  • 26Bukari
  • 29Merlin
  • 30Petric
  • 31Manvelyan
  • 33M’Bemba

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Reference-www.bbc.co.uk

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