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Ligue 1: Messi looks angry at being replaced in home debut; Icardi gets late winner for PSG

Lionel Messi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick and appeared indignant at being taken off within the 75th minute in his dwelling debut Sunday for Paris Saint-Germain.

Substitute Mauro Icardi scored deep into stoppage time as PSG scraped a 2-1 win over Lyon within the French league to make it six straight victories.

Messi stared sharply at PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and appeared to snub a handshake as he got here off. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who remains to be chasing his first PSG objective in his third look following his shock transfer from Barcelona, sat glum-faced on the bench.

As he was coming off, Messi made a gesture along with his palms aside as if to say he didn’t perceive, and Pochettino tried an evidence afterward.

“Everybody is aware of we now have nice gamers within the squad, we now have 35 gamers. However we should make selections for the nice of the group. Typically they result in a constructive outcome and typically not,” Pochettino mentioned by means of a translator. “These are selections we have to take. Typically it pleases folks, or it doesn’t. I requested him how he was, and he mentioned he was high-quality.”

On the sector, Icardi discovered house to move in Kylian Mbappe’s exact cross from the left within the 93rd.

PSG fell behind within the 53rd when Brazil midfielder Lucas Paqueta completed neatly, after ahead Karl Toko Ekambi picked him out with a low cross to the entrance put up.

Neymar equalized from the penalty spot within the 66th after he was fouled by 18-year-old proper again Malo Gusto.

Lyon coach Peter Bosz was sad with the decision.

“It’s not Malo who fouls Neymar, it’s Neymar who places his hand on him and fouls him,” Bosz mentioned. “I can perceive if the referee didn’t see it, however then there’s VAR.”

Lyon’s long-serving president, Jean-Michel Aulas, went even additional by calling the choice “an aberration” and saying the referee ought to have used video overview.

Messi virtually scored within the 32nd.

He discovered Neymar down the left and sprinted to satisfy Neymar’s intelligent reverse go, however goalkeeper Anthony Lopes learn Messi’s low shot nicely and denied him along with his legs.

4 minutes later, Lopes was caught to the spot as Messi hit the crossbar with a free kick from 25 meters.

Messi, whose final Champions League objective for Barca was away to PSG in final season’s spherical of 16 return leg, additionally hit the bar in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Membership Brugge.

PSG is 5 factors forward of bitter rival Marseille, having performed one recreation extra.

Marseille earlier beat Rennes 2-Zero to maneuver into second place with striker Bamba Dieng getting his third objective in two video games.

After Dieng turned in a cross from midfielder Pol Lirola within the 48th, substitute Amine Harit scored within the 70th after slicing in from the left flank.

Additionally, Amine Gouiri missed a late penalty as fifth-placed Good was held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Monaco in an exciting French Riviera derby.

Gouiri had the possibility to make it 3-2 from the spot within the 82nd following a hand ball by defender Benoit Badiashile. However he missed the goal.

Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder’s penalty 5 minutes earlier made it 2-2, moments after Gouiri and Andy Delort arrange midfielder Hicham Boudaoui.

After Good ahead Kasper Dolberg limped off with a knee damage, midfielder Aleksandr Golovin put Monaco forward within the 39th from a right-wing cross by Gelson Martins.

Delort, who changed Dolberg, equalized within the 50th as he headed in Gouiri’s cross. Gouiri has 4 objectives and two assists in six video games.

Struggling Monaco is in 14th spot.


Angers dropped to fourth after dropping 4-1 at dwelling to Nantes for its first defeat this season.

Excessive-flying Angers was introduced all the way down to earth when Nantes scored twice inside the primary 5 minutes by means of Andrei Girotto and Ludovic Blas.

Captain Ismael Traore shortly pulled one again, however striker Randal Kolo Muani quickly made it 3-1 and Blas added a late fourth for midtable Nantes.

Midfield schemer Teji Savanier grabbed an 87th-minute equalizer for Montpellier in a 1-1 draw at Troyes.

Additionally, it was Clermont 1, Brest 1; and Reims 0, Lorient 0.


On Saturday, the match between Lens and defending champion Lille was interrupted for about 30 minutes after followers from the northern rivals clashed at halftime. Lens gained 1-0.

The league’s disciplinary fee will meet on Monday to debate the second high-profile incident of the season, after critical dysfunction on the Good-Marseille recreation.

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