Lionel Messi makes PSG debut in 2-0 win at Reims

Lionel Messi makes PSG debut in 2-0 win at Reims

Lionel MessiLionel Messi got here on for Neymar simply after PSG went 2-0 up

Lionel Messi made his Paris St-Germain debut as a 66th-minute substitute in a 2-0 win at Reims in Ligue 1.

The Argentine, sporting his new quantity 30 PSG shirt, obtained a standing ovation as he changed his buddy Neymar in entrance of a sell-out crowd.

It was the primary membership recreation of his profession for a workforce aside from Barcelona.

Kylian Mbappe scored each objectives on what could possibly be his last look for the membership, with Actual Madrid eager to signal him earlier than Tuesday’s switch deadline.

Actual Madrid have made a 160m euro (£137m) bid to signal the 22-year-old, who has now scored 135 objectives in 175 video games for PSG.

Lionel Messi was fouled several times, including this oneLionel Messi drew a number of fouls, together with this one

His first purpose was a header from an Angel di Maria cross and for his second he swept dwelling Achraf Hakimi’s cross.

However the headlines will likely be about 34-year-old Messi, who got here on moments after that second purpose.

Tickets for the sport have been being resold for about 6,000 euros after Reims offered over 20,000 tickets for the Stade Auguste-Delaune match. Earlier than Messi’s signing solely about 6,000 had been offered.

Their purchasers might have been disenchanted to see Messi solely named on the bench – though he bought an ovation as he warmed up, with followers chanting his title, and a fair larger one when he got here on.

He performed some good passes and was concerned in good link-up play, drawing a number of fouls. Nevertheless he had few touches within the penalty space and no capturing alternatives.

Messi had missed the primary few video games for PSG since his free switch transfer following his exit from Barcelona. This was his first recreation since profitable the Copa America with Argentina in July.

He joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old and scored a file 672 objectives in 778 video games for the membership.

He has received six Ballons d’Or – additionally a file – and is taken into account one of many best footballers ever.

Line-ups

Reims

Formation 3-1-4-2

1Rajkovic

6Gravillon2Faes5Abdelhamid

26Lopy

32Foket23Moro Cassamã15Munetsi11Mbuku

20Kebbal27Touré

1Rajkovic6Gravillon2Faes5Abdelhamid26LopySubstituted forvan Bergenat 71′minutes32Foket23Moro CassamãSubstituted forLockoat 45′minutes15Munetsi11MbukuSubstituted forBerishaat 45′minutes20KebbalSubstituted forFlipsat 75′minutes27TouréSubstituted forEkitikeat 81′minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

3Konan12Flips13Doucouré14Berisha16Diouf19van Bergen22Ekitike24Cafaro28Locko

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

1Navas

2Hakimi5Marquinhos24Kehrer22Diallo

18Wijnaldum27Gueye6Verratti

11Di María7Mbappé10Neymar

1Navas2Hakimi5Marquinhos24Kehrer22DialloBooked at 55minsSubstituted forKimpembeat 75′minutes18WijnaldumSubstituted forHerreraat 66′minutes27Gueye6VerrattiBooked at 45minsSubstituted forParedesat 75′minutesBooked at 88mins11Di MaríaSubstituted forDraxlerat 81′minutes7Mbappé10NeymarSubstituted forMessiat 66′minutes

Substitutes

3Kimpembe8Paredes15Danilo21Herrera23Draxler29Kalimuendo-Muinga30Messi36Ebimbe50G Donnarumma

Referee:François Letexier

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Match ends, Reims 0, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Second Half ends, Reims 0, Paris Saint Germain 2.

Try saved. Mitchell van Bergen (Reims) proper footed shot from the proper aspect of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Valon Berisha.

Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Foket (Reims).

Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain).

Thomas Foket (Reims) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Foul by Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain).

Thomas Foket (Reims) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Marshall Munetsi (Reims).

Try blocked. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint Germain) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.

Foul by Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint Germain).

Marshall Munetsi (Reims) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the proper wing.

Foul by Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims).

Try saved. Yunis Abdelhamid (Reims) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Mitchell van Bergen with a headed cross.

Nook, Reims. Conceded by Idrissa Gueye.

Hugo Ekitike (Reims) is proven the yellow card for a foul foul.

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