Lionel Messi’s second-half double steered a lacklustre PSG to a scarcely deserved comeback victory against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Kylian Mbappe had put the host ahead early in the first half with a sublime counter attack finish. The struggling Bundesliga side fought their way back with a 2-1 lead into the game and dominated for almost an hour after the first goal, before the Argentine stole the show and equalized. The Ligue 1 side grabbed all the points for the hosts with a beautiful “Panenka” penalty 15 minutes towards the end of the game.
Les Parisiens earned an impressive victory over Manchester City in their previous group game, but started the night trailing Pep Guardiola’s side on the table after the English side battered Club Brugge earlier in the day.
They started the game quickly, declaring their dominance as Mbappe scored from a well executed counter-attack with a low beautiful finish at the near-post. However the visitors improved greatly a few minutes after the goal and equalized just before halftime as Andre Silva scored from Angelino’s excellent low cross. Prior to the goal, Silva had already hit the woodwork twice in the game.
The Germans continued where they left off in the second half, with the visitors’ leftback cooking up an early delivery that landed perfectly on the boot of Nordi Mukiele, who cushioned his volley high past Kaylor Navas.
Messi, who had been quiet since the start of the game, burst into life after receiving Mbappe’s cut-back pass. Though his initial shot was deflected wide, he was quick to apply the finishing touch and guide it safely into the net. The 6-time Ballon d’Or winner stepped up to take a penalty, after a foul on Mbappe, with a lovely dinked spot-kick.
Had Messi not permitted Mbappe to take a second penalty deep into stoppage time, the Argentine International would have scored a hat-trick. Mbappe’s spot kick went wide of the bar.
Ronaldinho was also present in Paris to witness the showdown between the two Group A sides.