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MESSI IS TIDY WHEN IT COMES TO FIRST PSG GOAL

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Lionel Messi scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goal on Tuesday and it was a significan­t one, helping put Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to the sword in a 2-0 Champions League win for the French club.

Messi’s goal was both stunning and also so typical of the Argentine, as he burst forward from the right and played a one-two with Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box, holding off Aymeric Laporte before sending a first-time strike high into the net.

It raised the roof at the Parc des Princes, as PSG supporters celebrated seeing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner open his account for the club he joined in August.

“The most important thing was to win the game against a great side, one of the favourites,” Messi told broadcaste­r Canal Plus.

“It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal. I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.”

Idrissa Gana Gueye, arguably PSG’s best player this season, had given the hosts an early lead to leave City chasing the game.

 ?? ?? Lionel Messi scores for Paris Saint-Germain during the Champions League match against Manchester City. Picture: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Lionel Messi scores for Paris Saint-Germain during the Champions League match against Manchester City. Picture: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

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