Argentine star Lionel Messi broke his scoring knot in the French Football League, by scoring a goal in the match that his team, Paris Saint-Germain, won 3-1 against its guest Nantes, in the fourteenth stage of the local championship.
The Paris trio was scored by Kylian Mbappe (2), Dennis Appiah (82) and Messi (87), while Randall Kolo Mwany scored the only goal of the guests (76).
With this victory, Saint-Germain consolidated its lead in the French League with 37 points, 13 points ahead of its closest rival, Lens, who is visiting Brest on Sunday, while Nantes, who suffered their sixth loss this season, remained in eleventh place with 18 points.
Saint-Germain completed the match with ten men since the 64th minute, after Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas was sent off after a rough intervention outside the penalty area, and the Brazilian Neymar was the victim of this expulsion by leaving the Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Saint-Germain scored early, specifically in the second minute of the match, after Argentine Leandro Paredes hit a ball from afar, and Mbabi changed its direction to enter the net.
According to the Opta statistics network, this goal, which was scored after one minute and 41 seconds, is the fastest for Mbappe in his professional career, and the fastest for Saint-Germain in the league since he scored against Saint-Etienne on May 14, 2017, after one minute and 21 seconds.
Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lavon starred on more than one occasion, preventing Saint-Germain from enhancing its progress in front of several chances for Mbappe, Neymar and Messi.
“I am happy”
With the passage of minutes, Nantes opened the game at the beginning of the second half, and became more effective offensively in pursuit of a tie.
The match ignited in the 64th minute, when Navas was sent off with a red card after an unsuccessful exit against Ludovic Blass alone.
Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino then had to break the attacking trio by inserting goalkeeper Rico in Neymar’s place, before the Dutchman Jorginho Wijnaldum replaced Italian Marco Verratti.
Nantes took advantage of the numerical shortage of the hosts, and Mwani managed to equalize with his heel in the 76th minute after Darbaka inside the penalty area.
Despite the pressure of Nantes, Messi had a different opinion, turning the result for his team within a few minutes.
With a pass from the Argentine, he confused the Nantes defense and Appiah shook his team’s net by mistake while trying to prevent the ball (82).
After that, the “flea” shot the ball for a long distance and fired from the outskirts of the penalty area with his usual left-footed ball, which he put in the right corner of goalkeeper Lavon, to contribute to his first goal this season in the league in the three points for Saint Germain.
After the match, the Argentine said, “I am very happy that I scored my first goal in the French league, although I already scored in the Paris shirt in the Champions League.”
And Messi has previously scored three goals with the French capital team in the Champions League, including a double against Leipzig, and a goal against Manchester City, which he faces in the second leg on Wednesday in the group stage.
Rennes will host Montpellier at a later time, while the stage ends on Sunday with seven matches, most notably Lyon and Marseille.