PARIS (Reuters) – Lionel Messi watched on from the stands as Paris St Germain made onerous work of beating Strasbourg 4-2 in Ligue 1 on Saturday to proceed their successful begin to the brand new season.
Not but totally match, Messi, together with Neymar and fellow new recruits Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, didn’t make the match squad, however noticed his new membership take an early lead via Mauro Icardi at Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappe then doubled PSG’s benefit within the twenty fifth minute after his shot was deflected residence, earlier than the France worldwide’s cross was turned in by Julian Draxler two minutes later to place the hosts 3-0 up.
Nonetheless, second-half objectives from Kevin Gameiro and Ludovic Ajorque obtained the guests again into the competition, with PSG trying uneasy in possession.
Alexander Djiku’s dismissal for 2 bookable offences let PSG off the hook 9 minutes from time, with substitute Pablo Sarabia tapping residence on the again submit within the 86th minute to verify of the unconvincing victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s facet.
The win despatched PSG high of the desk with two wins from two, whereas final season’s champions Lille had been surprisingly thrashed 4-0 at residence by Good earlier on Saturday.
(Reporting by Peter Corridor, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)