Lionel Messi with a great goal leads PSG to victory

Lionel Messi came to the rescue of Paris Saint-Germain.

The French league leaders blew a two-goal lead and trailed by a goal with four minutes remaining, but Messi and Kylian Mbappé reversed another debacle to win 4-3 at Lille on Sunday.

As PSG looked doomed to their fourth defeat in all competitions, Mbappé scored the equalizer after 86 minutes at the Parc des Princes. Then, in the discounts, Messi caused the foul for the free kick and nailed the ball deep with a shot that hit the post first. Mbappé ran to hug the Argentine star.

Messi’s score prevented PSG from sinking into a crisis. The long-suffering triumph came after a midweek 1-0 home loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, a 3-1 loss to Monaco in the local league and another setback against classic rivals Marseille in the French Cup. .

“I can only say that it is a huge relief,” said PSG coach Christophe Galtier.

After playing just the last half hour against Bayern after recovering from a muscle injury, Mbappé reappeared in the starting eleven. His presence remedied the messes in the PSG defense.

The hosts took a 2-0 lead after 17 minutes after goals from Mbappé and Neymar. but they did not know how to sustain the difference by conceding three goals, the work of Bafode Diakite, Jonathan David and Jonathan Bamba.

The nervousness in the PSG ranks was total from the start. Luis Campos, the sports director of the team owned by Qatar, came down from the stands and finished the game on the bench to shout instructions to the players.

“We took it forward. It was not a good match”, said Mbappé. “We made many mistakes… but we showed that even without reaching our best level and the situation is not favourable, we can find a solution.”

The bad news was the injury of the Brazilian star Neymar. The other member of PSG’s attacking trident had to leave the game on a stretcher in the second half after spraining his right ankle.

Later, Marseille visited Toulouse. PSG and Marseille will meet again next week at the Stade Velodrome.

In other results, goals from Aleksandr Golovin and Myron Boadu gave Monaco a 2-1 victory at Brest and Lens beat Nantes 3-1.

Lorient beat Ajaccio 3-0; Rennes defeated Clermont 2-0; and Montpellier beat Troyes 1-0 away.


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