Ligue 1: Mauro Icardi’s late winner seals the win after a mediocre PSG performance as Messi was subbed off, PSG 2-1 Lyon
Ligue 1 – PSG beat Lyon: Mauro Icardi’s late winner seals the win after a mediocre PSG performance as Messi was subbed…
Ligue 1 – PSG beat Lyon: Mauro Icardi’s late winner seals the win after a mediocre PSG performance as Messi was subbed off, PSG 2-1 Lyon- New signing Lionel Messi had a lively home debut for Paris Saint-Germain but it was his Argentine compatriot Mauro Icardi who scored in stoppage time as the Ligue 1 leaders beat Lyon 2-1 on Sunday. The former Inter Milan man headed in a cross from the left, right at the death to secure a win that looked unlikely for long spells. The victory meant that PSG are five points clear at the top from Marseille, who have a game in hand. Lionel Messi meanwhile is still looking for his first goal for his new club, after yet another sub-par performance.
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Ligue 1 – PSG beat Lyon: Lyon did have a great start to the season. They sit in the 7th position with 8 points. However, they come into this game after a satisfying 2-1 win against the Rangers in the UEFA Europa League. PSG has a perfect record in the league and under pressure, Pochettino will be looking to continue that to get a major confidence boost for himself as well as the players.
A late Mauro Icardi strike earned Paris St Germain a last-gasp 2-1 home victory against Olympique Lyonnais with Lionel Messi making a limited impact on his Parc des Princes debut on Sunday.
Icardi headed home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross four minutes into stoppage time after Neymar had levelled with a penalty following Lucas Paqueta’s second-half opener as leaders PSG maintained their perfect record with 18 points.
Messi, in his third appearance for the capital side, hit the woodwork but failed to score and was substituted in the 76th minute.
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Lyon, who made a stuttering start to the season, are ninth with eight points while Olympique de Marseille moved up to second on 13 points from five games after a convincing 2-0 victory against Stade Rennais.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino opted for an attacking line-up with Messi, Neymar, Mbappe and Angel Di Maria in front of a two-man midfield featuring Idrissa Gueye and Ander Herrera while Gianluigi Donnarumma started his second Ligue 1 game after Keylor Navas started in the Champions League.
Ligue 1 – PSG beat Lyon: Lionel Messi looked more lively than against Club Brugge on Wednesday, forcing Anthony Lopes to a great save with a low crossed shot on 32 minutes after a clever backheel from Neymar.
Four minutes later, his 25-metre curled free kick crashed onto the bar.
Lyon went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Karl Toko Ekambi played Paqueta through for the Brazilian to beat Donnarumma at the end of a late run into the area.
It spurred PSG back into action and Neymar, who was closer to his best than in any other game this season, was brought down in the box.
The Brazil forward coolly slotted the ball past Lopes to convert the resulting penalty in the 66th minute.
Lionel Messi looked puzzled when he was replaced with fullback Achraf Hakimi, whose runs down the right flank were sorely missed by PSG.
Lyon coach Peter Bosz replaced Xherdan Shaqiri with Rayan Cherki with the hope of grabbing all three points but it was the hosts who scored the winner when Icardi, who came on for Di Maria in the 82nd minute, found the back of the net.
(with inputs Reuters)