Lionel Messi scored in his first sport since main Argentina to the World Cup title as French league chief Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-0 on Wednesday.
Nearly 4 weeks after the ultimate in opposition to France in Qatar, Messi wanted solely 5 minutes to make an influence. He turned neatly close to the penalty space and threaded a cross to proper again Nordi Mukiele, whose cross was turned in by 20-year-old ahead Hugo Ekitiké.
Messi then began the transfer that led to his 72nd-minute purpose, with Ekitiké and Mukiele combining rapidly to place him by way of earlier than he side-footed dwelling. His eighth league purpose this season was initially disallowed for offside however then awarded following a video evaluation.
It was in any other case a poor efficiency general from PSG in opposition to a crew in final place, however the Parisian membership moved six factors clear on the high after second-place Lens drew 2-2 at Nineteenth-place Strasbourg.
Messi was given a heat ovation by the group at Parc des Princes, who chanted his title when he applauded them again.
He scored twice in opposition to France in a wild 3-3 draw on Dec. 18 and transformed his penalty within the shootout. Messi and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé , who scored a hat trick within the ultimate, are front-runners to win the following males’s Ballon d’Or award.
With Mbappé rested, Messi began in assault with Neymar and Ekitiké. But PSG was asleep for stretches of the sport and Angers had two good possibilities earlier than Messi’s purpose.
PSG’s gamers warmed up sporting T-shirts with Pelé’s face on. The Brazilian nice who gained a file three World Cups, died in late December on the age of 82.
In Strasbourg, ahead Alexis Claude-Maurice gave Lens an Eleventh-minute lead however 5 minutes later Strasbourg led after targets from midfielder Sanjin Prcic and veteran striker Kevin Gameiro. Belgian ahead Loïs Openda equalized for Lens.
Elsewhere, third-place Marseille moved inside two factors of Lens after successful 2-0 at Troyes.
Central defender Chancel Mbemba put Marseille forward within the tenth after France midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi headed on a cross. Guendouzi’s France teammate Jordan Veretout made it 2-0 simply after the break from Cengiz Ünder’s cross.
Fourth-place Rennes fell 5 factors behind Marseille after shedding 2-1 at Clermont, which gained because of a purpose 5 minutes into stoppage time from midfielder Johan Gastien. Rennes had two gamers despatched off late on.
Rennes is stage on factors with fifth-place Monaco, which wanted a stoppage-time equalizer from high scorer Wissam Ben Yedder to attract 2-2 at sixth-place Lorient. Nigeria striker Terem Moffi grabbed his Eleventh purpose for Lorient, transferring him stage with PSG’s Neymar and two behind scoring chief Mbappé.
Lyon coach Laurent Blanc described Nantes supervisor Antoine Kombouaré as “more than a close friend” earlier than the sport. Their groups drew 0-0, as did Brest and seventh-placed Lille.
Toulouse had 5 completely different scores in a 5-0 win at lowly Auxerre.
Reims gained 1-0 at Ajaccio to make it 10 league video games unbeaten and Nice routed Montpellier 6-1.
Midfielder Képhren Thuram — the son of former France defender Lilian Thuram — dribbled previous a number of gamers earlier than establishing winger Nicolas Pépé within the fifteenth. Thuram doubled Nice’s lead within the thirty fourth with a strong shot.
Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey arrange a second purpose for Pépé — who’s on mortgage from Arsenal — within the 56th. Striker Andy Delort added one other for Nice earlier than midfielder Téji Savanier pulled one again for the guests with a fantastic free kick.
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley then scored twice inside two minutes to make it 6-1.
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