Messi off the mark as PSG sink City

UEFA Champions League

Lionel Messi opened his Paris Saint-Germain account with a stunning strike to steer the Parisians to a 2-0 victory over Manchester City in a UEFA Champions League Group A clash.

City made two changes from their win over Chelsea, with Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus dropping out for Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. Meanwhile, PSG made four changes. Angelo Donnaruma, Messi, Nuno Mendes and Marco Verratti came into Mauricio Pochettino's side.

PSG took the lead in the eighth minute. Mbappe did good work on the right to square it and Neymar scuffed his shot but Idrissa Gana Gueye smashed the loose ball into the roof of the net.

City came close in the 21st minute. Joao Cancelo crossed from the left and it passed everyone and nearly found Riyad Mahrez but PSG left back Nuno Mendes cleared just in the nick of time.

Pep Guardiola's side should have scored five minutes later. Kevin de Bruyne's first-time cross with the outside of his right foot was right onto Sterling, who headed onto the bar before Bernardo Silva somehow hit the bar from point-blank range as the ball was scrambled away to safety.

The visitors then worked the ball well in the final third before Cancelo lined up a blast from 25 yards that Donnarumma had to beat away from goal.

Soon after, Neymar got the wrong side of Walker but poked wide of the near post under pressure from the English right-back. De Bruyne then fired wide of the post after being set up by Foden, who had come on for an ineffective Jack Grealish.

In the 54th minute, De Bruyne made another dangerous run into the right-inside channel as he was released by Mahrez before firing low and hard towards goal, but Donnarumma made the stop with his legs.

The moment everyone had been waiting with bated breath for came in the 75th minute when Messi opened his PSG account and made it seven in seven against Man City when he ran from halfway and played a return pass with Mbappe before curling it first-time into the top corner.

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