Messi anotó en la victoria del PSG ante el City / Messi scores superb 1st goal for PSG in 2-0 win against City

El París Saint-Germain se abonó a la eficacia, a defenderse bien del Manchester City y esperar a que los fogonazos de sus estrellas le dieran la primera victoria europea, por 2-0, que revalida el buen inicio de temporada que está protagonizando.

Un triunfo que da fe al proyecto, aunque sigue sin encontrar un buen juego y estuvo a merced de un voluntarioso pero ineficaz City, que, pese a su dominio, se encontró con un inspirado Donnarumma.

El duelo que sirvió de reencuentro entre Lionel Messi y Pep Guardiola cayó del lado del argentino, por mucho que el español pueda presumir de que su equipo mereció mejor suerte, mientras que la Pulga maquilló con su primer tanto como parisiense una prestación mediocre.

Neymar hizo un amago en el minuto 65 y 9 más tarde apareció Messi, que inició una contra, se apoyó en una genial pared de espuela de Mbappé y llevó el balón a una escuadra de Ederson.

Es el séptimo gol que Messi marca a Guardiola, más que ningún otro jugador.

Solo entonces decayó el empuje del equipo inglés, que se resignó a marcharse de París de vacío, su primera derrota en los siete últimos duelos fuera de su estadio en Liga de Campeones y la primera en fase de grupos desde 2018.


Neymar Jr., Messi and Mbappe

Messi scores superb 1st goal for PSG in 2-0 win against City


PARIS (AP) — Lionel Messi’s superb first goal for Paris Saint-Germain punished former coach Pep Guardiola’s team as PSG beat Manchester City 2-0 in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

Messi charged from midfield toward the penalty area in the 74th minute, opening up more space as Achraf Hakimi made a dummy run to his right, and received a clever flick from Kylian Mbappe before curling a fine strike into the top right corner with the most famed left foot in world soccer.

“I’m very happy to have scored. I’ve not been playing much recently and I’m adapting to my teammates little by little,” Messi said through a translator. “The more we play together the better it will become. We need to grow together and increase our level.”

Messi netted an astounding 672 goals for Barca but it was his first for PSG in three starts and four games overall since a shock summer move from the Spanish club.

It was the kind he scored for fun playing under Guardiola there. The pair won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring in both finals.

City had not lost its five previous meetings with PSG, winning 2-1 in Paris and 2-0 at home in last season’s semifinals before losing to Chelsea in the final.

PSG started its dream attack of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, but it was unheralded midfielder Idrissa Gueye who opened the scoring in the eighth minute.

He thumped the ball into the top corner after Neymar’s scuffed shot fell to him just inside the penalty area following Mbappe’s cross from the right.

City should have equalized in the 26th, but instead produced a contender for miss of the season.

Raheem Sterling’s header from Kevin De Bruyne’s cross hit the crossbar and the ball fell to winger Bernardo Silva less than two meters out. But Silva somehow scooped the ball onto the bar with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma beaten.

Donnarumma and opposite number Ederson then made a smart save each in an even first half that De Bruyne was perhaps lucky to finish, receiving only a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Gueye’s shin.

Sterling dragged a shot wide early in the second half as City caught PSG’s defense asleep down the left.

Donnarumma then kicked away De Bruyne’s shot in the 54th as City exposed poor defending on the other flank as the Premier League champion took control.

PSG’s glittering attack looked flat, as it did in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge. Neymar shot into the side netting midway through the second half, with Mbappe in a better position.

Then Messi lit up Parc des Princes with a glimpse of things to come, at the stadium where he scored his last Champions League goal for Barcelona last season.

PSG tops Group A and is level with Club Brugge with four points, while City is third with three points. Club Brugge won 2-1 at last-place Leipzig.

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