PSG leave it late on Messi's home debut

Ligue 1

Paris Saint-Germain struck late winner to remain top of Ligue after defeating Olympique Lyon on Lionel Messi's home debut.

The Parisans awarded Messi another start while Keylor Navas, Abdou Diallo, Leonardo Paredes, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum dropped to the bench after the Club Brugge clash.

Lyon went close to bagging the opener in the first few exchanges, but Maxence Caqueret drilled a rebound off Marquinhos on the edge of the area high over the top.

It was the turn of PSG to bomb forward nearer to the half-hour mark off a one-two on the edge of the area that opened the defence and provided Messi a crack that Anthony Lopes collected.

Lopes smothered the Argentine talisman again minutes from the half-hour mark with a big save from a one-on-one following a ball into space by Neymar Junior.

However, the Portuguese international needed help from the woodwork to deny Messi a first PSG goal eight minutes to halftime with the Argentine going close from a pin-point free-kick.

Lyon showed renewed energy nine minutes after the second half and secured the opener through Lucas Paqueta who applied a first-time finish from a Karl Toko Ekambi layoff.

The Parisans trailed the visitors for just ten minutes as Neymar sent Lopes the wrong way from the penalty-spot after going down in the area.

PSG opted for a substitution with under ten minutes remaining in off-season signing Hakimi coming on to take the place of another new boy Messi.

The host grabbed the winner with the last kick of the game after Kylian Mbappe’s ball connected with Mauro Icardi who headed home from close-range to cement top spot.

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