Messi dazzled with a goal like a doll. And then he shocked with an incredible gesture

Benoit Tessier, Reuters

“In matches where you as a team can’t find a solution, you need players of a different dimension, such as Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappé,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, highlighting the contribution of the two offensive stars.

The French 22-year-old first sent the Paris team to the lead, but Leipzig managed to turn the match around.

Kylian Mbappé celebrates his goal against Leipzig

Christophe Some, ČTK / AP

“It simply came to our notice then. There are gaps in our game, there is room for improvement. And we will improve. We won deservedly, even though we suffered a lot, “Pochettino recalled the unfavorable development.

After the break, however, the Argentine star took office. After the action, in which Mbappé also had his fingers, Messi leveled as he consistently ran his own shot into the bar, and so he comfortably knocked the balloon into the net.

And seven minutes after the equalizer, a penalty kick was taken by Mbappé. However, the French attacker left the balloon, or the execution of the penalty, to Messi. “It’s natural. It’s about respect. Messi is the best player in the world. It’s a privilege to play with him. I have always said that and I insist on it. That’s why I gave him a balloon, “explained Mbappé, who played the previous eleven penalty kicks of Saint Germain in Paris.

Messi subsequently showed extraordinary nerves in a tie, when he kicked the penalty ball with his left hand, just like the Czech legend Antonín Panenka, with a doubles in the middle of the goal. It was a comparison with the author of the decisive penalty from the European Championship in the 1970s in the title that the BBC commentators and other football servers reminded of.

Messi was right and scored the one hundred and twenty-third goal in the Champions League, with Leipzig being the 37th team against which he scored in the most prestigious club competition on the Old Continent.

Messi reciprocated his gesture to Mbappé, and it didn’t pay off

The Argentine has scored three goals in the PSG jersey since his summer arrival, when he also scored the first one in the Champions League against Manchester City in a 2-0 win.

In the last seconds, Messi was able to score a hat-trick, as the referee ordered another penalty for the French team. But the Argentine repaid Mbappé’s gesture and left the penalty kick to a partner twelve years younger. “He told me to kick the penalty,” said Mbappé, who overshot high.

Messi is the fourth PSG player to score in the first two home games of the Champions League, after Neymar, Alex and Weal. And in thirty-four cases in a single match of the Champions League, he scored two or more goals.



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