Soccer Soccer – Ligue 1 – Stade de Reims v Paris St Germain – Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France – August 29, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Lionel Messi REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
August 29, 2021
By Julien Pretot
REIMS, France (Reuters) -Lionel Messi made his much-anticipated Ligue 1 debut for Paris St Germain on Sunday nevertheless it was Kylian Mbappe who shone because the capital membership maintained their excellent begin to the season with a 2-0 victory at Stade de Reims.
Mbappe gave PSG a style of what they’d be lacking if he left for Actual Madrid, who’ve made bids to recruit the France striker since Messi joined on a two-year deal from Barcelona.
PSG are high of the standings with a most 12 factors.
All 20,545 tickets obtainable had been bought on the Auguste Delaune stadium to see 34-year-old Messi play and the followers, who chanted the Argentina ahead’s title, had been rewarded within the 66th minute when he changed the disappointing Neymar.
Mbappe didn’t disappoint although in a superb efficiency, seemingly unfazed by the switch frenzy surrounding him.
Two days earlier than the tip of the window, the 22-year-old made the distinction together with his velocity and sense of timing, opening the scoring with a header and rounding off with a scientific end.
After a stuttering begin, PSG obtained into their groove and Mbappe put them a head after quarter-hour by heading residence from Angel Di Maria’s cross.
PSG one way or the other obtained too comfy and Reims began to use some stress, with Moreto Cassama’s very good strike hitting Keylor Navas’s crossbar three minutes earlier than the break.
Reims celebrated what they thought was a Marshall Munetsi equaliser 5 minutes into the second half, just for the Zimbabwean’s effort to be dominated out for offside.
Messi began to heat up after 57 minutes, drawing applause from the Reims supporters, whom he saluted.
They sang his title simply when he was about to return on, shortly after Mbappe had doubled PSG’s benefit from Achraf Hakimi’s cross on the finish of a pointy counter assault.
Mbappe mixed with Messi, however the former Barcelona striker was not in the identical situation because the Frenchman, having not performed a aggressive sport since profitable the Copa America with Argentina on July 10.
Earlier, French champions Lille lastly obtained their title defence going with a 2-1 residence win over Montpellier and shock bundle Angers beat visiting Stade Rennes 2-0 to go second on 10 factors.
Lille celebrated their first league win of the season because of objectives from Yusuf Yazici and Jonathan David. Montpellier ended the match with 10 males after defender Junior Sambia was despatched off late within the second half.
Promoted Clermont Foot continued to impress as they stored their unbeaten document intact after preventing again from two objectives down in a 2-2 residence draw with Metz. They’re third on eight factors from their first 4 matches.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)