PSG vs Man City LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction tonight after Messi stunner


<p>Lionel Messi celebrates his goal</p>

Lionel Messi celebrates his goal

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Lionel Messi scored his first Paris St Germain goal as the French club exacted some revenge for their loss to Manchester City in last season’s Champions League semi-finals.

The six-time world player of the year, who left Barcelona in August, rolled back the years with a superb finish as PSG claimed a 2-0 win in a compelling Group A clash at the Parc des Princes.

The sublime strike, which came after a powerful run and neat one-two with Kylian Mbappe, doubled PSG’s lead after former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye opened the scoring early on.

City, last season’s runners-up, played a full part in a thrilling encounter but the closest they came to scoring was when Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva both hit the bar within the space of a few seconds in the first half.

Follow live reaction of PSG vs Manchester City in the Champions League below:

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Full time: PSG 2-0 Manchester City

Pep Guardiola, speaking to BT Sport:

“It was a good performance. We did everything but we did not score. We defended well. They defended deep and of course the counter-attack is always dangerous with the quality that they have but we controlled them. Unfortunately we couldn’t score but that is football and I have nothing to say [about that]. My biggest compliments to the team. Sometimes we win sometimes we lose.

“In the second half we had many [moments]. Donnarumma made many saves. But the team was there, like at Stamford Bridge. The team is alive. We played to win but they don’t need much to score a goal they did that. The goal [from Messi] was fantastic.

“Now we are going to eat good tonight. We are going to drink a glass of wine. We are going to recover and we are going to prepare for the match on Sunday.”

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:27

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All of a sudden, Manchester City’s bid to qualify out of a tough Group A has been made that bit more difficult. They will face Brugge in the back-to-back next.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:21

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The BT Sport pundits are full of praise for PSG’s defensive shape under Mauricio Pochettino, which allowed the French side to leave their front-three high up the pitch.

Rio Ferdinand highlights the work down by Ander Herrera and Idrissa Gueye to support their respective full-backs in Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes, who both had impressive games in the PSG defence.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:16

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Full time: PSG 2-0 Manchester City

There was a sensational goal tonight from Messi tonight but the Argentine did not receive one of the two 9s awarded in our player ratings from PSG’s win over City.

You can find out who scored what below.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:13

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“He’s the man for the big occasions and he always seems to score against Pep Guardiola’s teams,” says Owen Hargreaves on BT Sport, before adding that it was an “excellent performance” from PSG – which is a bit of an exaggeration.

Here’s Miguel Delaney’s report from the Parc des Princes on a moment of magic that only Messi can provide.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:09

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It’s all to play for in Group A following PSG’s important win over the Premier League champions.

Here are five things we learned from the Parc des Princes, including Messi magic and City’s lack of a focal point.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:03

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Full time: PSG 2-0 Manchester City

In case you missed it, this was the moment Messi put the game beyond Manchester City with a trademark curling strike into the top corner.

Ironically, the forward had barely been involved in the previous 74 minutes.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 22:01

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In the other match in Group A, Club Brugge have secured another shock result – this team beating RB Leipzig 2-1 away from home!

It means the Group A table looks like this after two matches played.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 21:59

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FULL TIME: PSG 2-0 Manchester City

A big win for Paris Saint-Germain over Manchester City in Group A.

Messi’s first goal for his new club sealed the win – and what a goal it was, the highlight of the night for the neutral.

City had plenty of chances, notably when Bernardo Silva hit the bar from two yards, but faded in the second half and struggled to break PSG down by the end.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 21:55

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90+3 mins: Another free kick for City after Mahrez is brought down in a similar position to his last effort.

De Bruyne again stands over this one but Mahrez goes for goal again, this time blasting the ball over the bar.

There will be no repeat of his free kick from last season’s semi-final, and no repeat of City’s big win here last season.

Jamie Braidwood28 September 2021 21:55



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