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PSG started their career in the French Cup by defeating a rival from the fifth division in France, Feignies-Aulnoye (0-3), with great comfort. Mbappé on two occasions and Icardi were the authors of the goals in a match where Sergio Ramos started, being replaced at halftime by Pochettino.
Ramos was very active with the ball and was lavish in attack. Against a rival who barely reached Keylor Navas’s vicinity, PSG opened the account with a penalty scored by Mbappé in the 16th minute. The second also came from a penalty, although this time it was Icardi who was in charge of launching it.
Already in the second half came the final 3-0 with the insatiable Mbappé as the protagonist. He easily finished off an assist on the right wing from Dagba. PSG did not need Messi, who was not called up by Pochettino, to reach the round of 32 of the French Cup.
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PSG and Manchester City previously secured a place in the round of 16, while Leipzig and Club Brugge fought for a place leading to the continuation of the competition in the European League.
PSG welcomed Club Brugge and celebrated with 4-1. Kylian Mbappe scored for 1-0 in the 2nd minute, and then five minutes later for 2-0. Lionel Messi scored for 3-0 in the 38th minute, but Mats Rits reduced it to 3-1 in the 68th minute.
In the 76th Messi won a penalty, hit it perfectly and scored, surpassing the legendary Pele on the list of top scorers in history. Pele scored 757 goals, and Messi’s second goal in tonight’s match was 758th in his career.
On the other hand, Leipzig welcomed Manchester City at home and celebrated 2-1 with goals from Dominik Szoboszlai in the 24th minute and Andrea Silva in the 71st minute, while the away goal was scored by Riyad Mahrez in the 77th minute. The German team will continue the competition in the sixteenth finals of the European League.
In the last few moments of the match, Paris Saint Germain footballers escaped defeat on the road to Lens in the 17th round of the French Ligue 1. The duel ended with the result 1-1.
PSG opened the match better, as Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi hit the post in the 18th minute. In continuation of the first half, the Les Rouge-et-Bleu had several great opportunities. Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria threatened, but the goalkeeper of Lens defended each shot brilliantly. The first half ended without any goals being scored.
The 2nd half witnessed an excellent game from the home side. It was in the 62nd minute when Lionel Messi was lying on the field, and as the game wasn’t interrupted, Seko Fofana scored fantastically from distance to take put Lens in the lead. Of course, the Parisians sent fierce protests because the referee did not interrupt the game.
The sequel brought a lot of space for the Lance players who were able to cement their triumph on several occasions. David Costa struck a 30 meter free kick home 69 minutes into the post. The second goal for the home team could have also been scored by Florian Sotoca at the end of the match, but he shot wide.
When it seemed that the match would end with the victory of the home team, Georginio Wijnaldum used Messi’s interception and scored a header for the final 1-1.
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Despite the words of consolation from Leonardo from the past seven days, there’s a significant problem at Paris Saint-Germain right now as their extravagantly assembled platoon underwhelmed again in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Nice.
Kasper Dolberg had the first chance of the game, taking a shot on from the edge of the box and forcing a brilliant save from Gianluigi Donnarumma. The opening 15 minutes saw PSG have 81 percent possession, with Nice easily setup to try and take a point, and Mbappe nearly punished them after 20. Donnarumma was also called upon again to make another stunning stop, this time from Andy Delort’s shot from a cross which was headed towards the top of the PSG net before the Italian clawed it down.
Neymar’s absence was felt, and maybe this is why the Parisian club have fought to secure him to a new contract before Mbappe. Mbappe also hit the post following a clever pass from Messi, but you could noway count Nice out, with Dolberg repeating the feat with a sneaky shot that shaved Donnarumma’s left post.
The Ligue 1 title will head to the Parc des Princes this term, as the club are formerly 12 points clear of Marseille, but the lack of cohesive performances domestically is a solicitude as we head into the knockout stage of the Champions League, which is where Pochettino will be judged, and judged roughly.
PSG beat St. Etienne in the match of the 15th round of the French Ligue 1 with the result 3-1. This game was marked by the debut of Sergio Ramos as well as a hat-trick of assists made by Lionel Messi.
Ramos wore the PSG jersey for the first time after leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, but his debut did not start well because as St. Etienne took the lead in the 25th minute with a goal by Bouange. However, in the 45th minute, Kolodziejczak received a red card and left the home team with a player less for the rest of the match, and soon after, Messi’s cross shot was turned into a goal by Marquinhos.
PSG reached a turning point in the 79th minute when Messi hooked up Di Maria with a goal, and the final 3-1 was set by Marquinhos with his second goal, after another assist by Messi. This is Messi’s fifth time in his career that he scored a hat-trick in assists, and for the first time in a PSG jersey.
PSG remains first on the table with 40 points after 15 games played, while St. Etienne in the last position with only 12 points scored.