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Already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, PSG ended its group stage on Tuesday with a festival of goals (4-1) against the Belgian champion. Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi scored doubles.
PSG end the group stage on a high note. Already qualified for the round of 16 and assured of finishing second in the pool, the Parisians easily dominated Bruges 4 to 1 on Tuesday, December 7. Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi each scored a brace.
It was not a symphony, but the PSG showed good play. With a new solo from Kylian Mbappé and a Lionel Messi conductor, Paris gave a spectacle to its supporters for this match which did not change anything in its classification, but which eliminates the Belgian champion from all European cups.
Play without pressure, since they were already qualified for the 8it is of C1 before this match, probably freed the Parisian spirits, and the purists will point out that their adversaries present the worst defense of the 32 teams, with 19 goals conceded.
But that music lovers do not shy away from their pleasure in front of the pretty goals of the players of Mauricio Pochettino, choir director with the revived star. His team played well, producing their best game since winning Manchester City (2-0).
Mbappé launches the match of a double
Kylian Mbappé made the match easy for PSG by scoring a brace in the first seven minutes (2e, 7e). He first scored with a curled shot from the Red and Blue’s first attack.
On the second goal, harmony is perfect with Angel Di Maria: a clear call, the Argentinian eye to throw his striker in the depth, and a nice bow stroke of “Kyky” to strike, without ever gazing at the ball which came from behind.
Bruges is also one of the favorite victims of Kylian Mbappé, who had already signed a hat-trick in the Venice of the North in 2019 (5-0).
Once again decisive, the world champion came out, replaced by Mauro Icardi (83e), under the ovation of the Parc des Princes, who still hopes that he will not leave at the end of his contract in June …
After this energetic prelude, the old master Lionel Messi entered the scene, under freezing rain.
He took the time to agree, with a first flash in a kidney blow from the “Pulga”, who did not score immediately (31e), but reassured on his punch.
The same thrill ran through the spine of the Parc des Princes on its sequence of dribbles, two minutes later, also unsuccessful, but full of promise. As on this cross strike from little to side (35e).
The goal came after another acceleration from Mbappé, which shifted Messi. The seven-fold Ballon d’Or sank while dribbling and landed an unstoppable strike (38e).
The Belgians fought
Shortly before, Bruges had begun to rebel, with Gianluigi Donnarumma deflecting a Mats Rits strike (36e).
After the break, the Flemings regained their voice, the Italian goalkeeper had to lie down on a strike from Noa Lang (54e).
The Bruges residents needed a better result than Leipzig to switch to the Europa League, were not discouraged as the RB beat City 2-1, shattering all hopes.
And the virtuoso Lang crossed the Parisian defense to offer a deserved goal to Rits (68e).
But the last note had to go to Messi, transforming a penalty (76e sp) which he himself obtained, mown by Ignace Van der Brempt.
Here is the Pulga with 5 goals in C1, 4 for Mbappé, pending the elimination phase, where PSG should find the last member of the trio, Neymar. They have time to tune in before the real big concerts.
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