January 26, 2022

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Messi scores first PSG goal as they see off Manchester City

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Lionel Messi scored his goal as Paris Saint-Germain player as they beat Manchester City with a 2-0 win on a memorable night at Parc des Princes.

In a repeat of last season’s semi-final between these two heavyweights, it was PSG who took the lead when after eight minutes, Idrissa Gueye finished with an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

The rest of the first half belonged to City, who somehow failed to level the scores despite hitting the woodwork twice in the blink of an eye, Raheem Sterling heading onto the crossbar before Bernardo Silva suffered the same misfortune, inexplicably failing to convert with the follow-up.

Sterling who was chosen ahead of Gabriel Jesus dragged a shot wide of goal as City continued to apply pressure after the restart.

Pep Guardiola’s side would rue their missed opportunities when Messi, who had been quiet up to this point, scored a trademark goal gliding through the middle before receiving a return pass from Kylian Mbappe and curling it past the rooted Ederson.

That historic moment sucked the life out of City, who never looked like recovering.

PSG lead Group A after two games with a win and a loss, level on points with Club Brugge who defeated RB Leipzig 2-1. Manchester City are third, a point adrift of the early leaders.

The Citizens have a double header against Club Brugge to follow next in Europe. After tonight’s setback, six points is a must.

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