Messi Scores First League Goal as PSG moves 13 Points Top of the Table

Lionel Messi scored his first League one goal to keep PSG 13 points clear despite playing almost half an hour with 10 men in a 3-1 home win against Nantes.

The home team started the game brilliantly as Mbappe deflected Leandro Paredes’ long-range strike to put the hosts ahead after just two minutes. The attacking trio coordinated well, switching positions leaving Messi more open on the inside that he almost scored the 17th minute after being set up by Neymar. Mbappe caused a lot of trouble for the visiting side with his powerful and brutal accelerations as he looked to find Messi. Nantes’s goalkeeper kept his team afloat in the first half with some super saves as they kept struggling to get into PSG’s half. 

Nantes got their momentum in the second half and made their first proper attempt in the 61st minute but it was a comfortable save for Keylor Navas. The visitors got their goal from the spot after charging into Blas outside his area. With Gianluigi Donnarumma out with a bout of gastroenteritis, Sergio Rico stepped in and Neymar was sent back to the bench. 

Appiah deflected a Messi cross into his own net in the 81st minute, before Messi sent the Parc des Princes crowd into raptures with his trademark curled strike. The six-time Ballon D’or winner has scored three goals all from the champions league but was delighted to have gotten his first League goal for the team. 

“ I’m happy with this first goal, I really wanted it. I had several chances before in this match and in the previous matches,” said Messi. “I am very happy with this first goal in the league, I had already scored in the Champions League. I had chances but I didn’t convert them. I am very happy.”

The result left PSG with 37 points from 14 games ahead of a Champions League trip to Manchester City on Wednesday, while Nantes are 11th on 18 points. 

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