In the poster at the top of this group stage of the Champions League, PSG brought down the ogre citizen with Messi’s first goal.
The big night. Two weeks after their more than mixed performance ended with a draw in Bruges, the Parisians had the opportunity to strike a blow in this Champions League, with the reception of Manchester City. And the Parisians did it, with Lionel Messi scorer for the first time in his new colors.
Parisians taken from the start by the technical mastery of Manchester City, but who materialize from their first offensive. After a doubling on the right of the surface, Mbappé centers back towards Neymar who misses his recovery, but Gueye followed well to recover the ball and send a missile into Ederson’s skylight (1-0, 8th).
Paris suffered, but defended intelligently against the well-licked ball circulation of the English champions, who were very close to equalizing on a Sterling header pushed back by the bar, before Bernardo Silva missed his flat with his foot to the end. bearing, again failing on the amount of Donnarumma.
Guardiola’s men dominate, but Donnarumma is on the lookout for his big Champions League debut, as on this close-angle shot from De Bruyne. On the other hand, Mbappé shifts Herrera launched plain axis, but Ederson performs the parade.
The whole thing just before an arbitration decision which will make cause. At the end of a too long dribble, De Bruyne throws himself and violently crushes Gueye’s shin, but the referee is satisfied with the yellow card. A last head of Ruben Dias concludes a rich first act on both sides.
In the second half, the pressure is increasing on the Parisian goal, but the Rouge et Bleu are holding on. Sterling, De Bruyne and Mahrez try their luck, in vain. Launched like a hornet in the defense of the Skyblues, Neymar is even very close to doubling the bet, but only finds Ederson’s small outside net.
And it is finally Lionel Messi who comes to deliver the entire Parc des Princes after an absolutely formidable action, from the empty call from Hakimi to the relay of Kylian Mbappé to allow the Pulga to register its all. first goal with the PSG jersey (2-0, 74th).
What to give new impetus to PSG, which offers itself a benchmark victory to take the head of this group A, before a double confrontation which promises to be hot against RB Leipzig, after the international break.