WATCH: Stadium Erupts As Lionel Messi Scores His First PSG Goal vs Manchester City

Published 09/29/2021, 2:37 PM EDT
Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Paris St Germain v Manchester City – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 28, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring their first goal with Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY


When the UCL draw took place a month ago, Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City were grouped together. Joining them were Belgian side Club Brugge and German side RB Leipzig. A group featuring all these regional powerhouses was aptly labeled the group of death and last night, we saw it in all its glory. The underlying sub-plot of the group was the battle of Lionel Messi against former manager, Pep Guardiola.

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Last night saw Paris Saint Germain square off against Manchester City in what was also a duel between two of the richest sides in the league. The match ended in the Paris-based side’s favor with the Ligue 1 giants winning 2-0.

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Paris St Germain v Manchester City – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 28, 2021 Manchester City’s Rodri in action with Paris St Germain’s Kylian Mbappe REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Lionel Messi scores his debut goal for PSG

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Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) against Manchester City in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday night. Messi scored in the 74th minute to increase PSG’s advantage over Pep Guardiola’s City, earning the Parisiens, a 2-0 victory over the Citizens.

Messi and Kylian Mbappe combined beautifully for Messi’s goal in the second half, taking advantage of the vast gap in Manchester City’s midfield. Their counter-attacking move helped the former Barcelona captain score his first goal for PSG. Messi’s debut goal for PSG sent the Parc des Princes into a frenzy.

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“Today was an important moment” Messi after PSG’s win over Manchester City

Messi spoke to Canal + after the game. “I’m very happy to have scored,” Messi told the French broadcaster. He then explained how PSG needs time as they need to build chemistry. “I hadn’t been able to play recently and this was only my second game in this stadium. I’m adapting to my new team. The more we forwards play together the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best.”

Soccer Football – Champions League – Group A – Paris St Germain v Manchester City – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – September 28, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Idrissa Gueye celebrates scoring their first goal with Lionel Messi and Nuno Mendes REUTERS/Benoit Tessier TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

He then went on to highlight the importance of this match, especially after drawing against Club Brugge in their opener. “They were great opponents. It was very important for us to win the match after our [opening] draw against Brugge. I really wanted to get out there. I haven’t played much. I’m still getting used to my teammates, the team, and today was an important moment.”

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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