Messi scores first goal for club, beats former boss Guardiola

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 00:13 |
Neymar and Messi celebrating his goal against Manchester City in Uefa Champions League group stage fixture PHOTO/COURTESY

Lionel Messi got his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain, as his new club got their first win in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday September 28, beating fellow contender Manchester City 2-0 on Matchday 2.

After a poor opener in a 1-1 draw at Club Brugge, and with Messi yet to record an assist for his new team, it seemed like only a matter of time before they got their statement performance and Messi got off the mark. With Idrissa Gueye grabbing the winner eight minutes in, PSG were in a comfortable position for much of the first half.

In the second half, City grew into the contest and threatened time and time again, especially down the right. And just when it felt like an equalizer could be coming, Messi got free down the right, combined with Kylian Mbappe and finished expertly without settling the ball into the upper right corner.

It was a deserved result for a clinical PSG, who have resorted to late winners as of late. Despite being out-shot 18-6 and not winning the battle of possession, the hosts managed to largely contain the City attackers and get a bit of revenge for last season's semifinals. The victory moves PSG into first place in Group A with a 1-1-0 record, while City are in third at 1-0-1. 

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