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Club Brugge 1-1 Paris St-Germain: Lionel Messi kept quiet at the first start

Lionel Messi celebrates with Ander Herrera after the midfielder's opening
Lionel Messi celebrates with Ander Herrera after the midfielder’s opening goal

Lionel Messi’s main task at Paris St-Germain will be to help deliver an elusive Champions League, but for all the fanfare surrounding the Argentine star’s first start, it proved to be a frustrating night as the club began their European campaign with a draw at Club Brugge.

Messi hit the crossbar but struggled to make a serious impact on his full debut and it was instead Ander Herrera who scored the opening after great work down to the left from Kylian Mbappe.

Hans Vanaken scored a deserved equalizer before the break to make the 29,000-seat Jan Breydel Stadium rock.

Messi was sent off for a foul in the second half, and Mbappe replaced after 51 minutes as PSG struggled to break down the energetic hosts, who may feel they could have won the match themselves.

PSG struggled to deal with the home side’s aggressive pressure throughout and needed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to tip Charles de Ketelaere’s well-run effort over the crossbar to keep them level.

Messi began to find more space as the Belgian side tired late, but the 34-year-old was unable to remove the use of the Bruges defense, leaving boss Mauricio Pochettino to consider how he could get the best out of it. of its all-star-front-three.

“We need time to work so they can build an understanding,” Pochettino said. “It’s been clear and we’ve said it in the last few days. We still have to create a team.”

PSG’s blockbuster cast is struggling to shine

Neymar, Mbappe and Messi
Neymar, Mbappe and Messi started a game together for the first time

This was Messi’s 150th appearance in the competition, and for a player so synonymous with Barcelona, ​​it felt surreal to see him line up for the first time in Europe on the white pitch of PSG.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives in Paris to complete a lavishly composed front line including Neymar and Mbappe, who are expected to bring the desired French success to the French capital.

Things started smoothly as Mbappe teed up Herrera for his first Champions League goal – even though it was his fourth of the season in all competitions for PSG – before the blockbuster throw was split as the French forward had to be replaced early in the second half.

PSG fans have so far had to watch their new number 30 from afar, with Messi’s only previous appearance since signing for the club, who came on as a substitute at Reims in Ligue 1.

Coincidentally, 30 was the number Messi took on when he was handed his Champions League debut for Barcelona by Frank Rijkaard as a shaggy-haired 17-year-old in December 2004, a game in which the already qualified visitors lost 2-0 at . Shakhtar Donetsk.

Seventeen glittering years later – and although his legs may not be so fresh – the 34-year-old boasts the same sharpness of thought and magnetic touch that led Ronaldinho – once a PSG star – to declare Messi his heir to the throne. Camp Nou.

‘Little Flea’ has since collected four European titles, 10 La Ligas and most recently a Copa America to go with his individual accolades, but it did not make life easier for Messi and PSG in their opening group A match against Bruges.

Messi first jumped to life on the edge of the Bruges area after 22 minutes, jinked out into space and slid a pass through to Mbappe, who saw his effort palm away, and shortly after, the Argentine came within inches of his first PSG goal after curling an effort against the crossbar.

But the moments of usual magic came on both sides of a deserved leveling for the hosts, with Captain Vanaken arriving late to rule in Eduard Sobol’s crossing.

No player has scored more Champions League goals for a club than Messi 120 for Barcelona, ​​and with 20 minutes left he came close to opening his account for Paris St-Germain when he tested goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with a left-footed attack.

Messi was given a reservation for a missed tackle and he and Neymar, who last won the Champions League together in 2015, were well treated by the Belgian champions’ backline, with Scottish defender Jack Hendry having a particularly impressive performance.

The final whistle was greeted by roars from the home crowd, who continued to celebrate as Oasis pitches were belted out over the stadium tannoy on a memorable evening for the club.

The player of the match

HendryJack Hendry

Club Bruges

  1. Troop number5Player nameHendry

  2. Troop number20Player nameVanaken

  3. Troop number90Player nameBoilers

  4. Troop number10Player nameLong

  5. Troop number3Player nameThe weight

  6. Troop number19Player nameSowah

  7. Troop number2Player nameSobol

  8. Troop number26Player nameRow

  9. Troop number77Player nameClinton Mata

  10. Troop number4Player nameN’Soki

  11. Troop number22Player nameMignolet

  12. Troop number11Player nameMaouassa

Paris Saint Germain

  1. Troop number30Player nameMessi

  2. Troop number21Player nameHerrera

  3. Troop number7Player nameMbappé

  4. Troop number18Player nameWijnaldum

  5. Troop number1Player nameNavas

  6. Troop number2Player nameJudging

  7. Troop number5Player nameBrands

  8. Troop number3Player nameKimpembe

  9. Troop number8Player nameWalls

  10. Troop number25Player nameNuno mendes

  11. Troop number10Player nameNeymar

  12. Troop number22Player nameDiallo

  13. Troop number23Player nameDraxler

  14. Troop number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  15. Troop number9Player nameIcardi

Lineups

Club Bruges

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 77kill Pedro Lourenco
  • 5Hendry
  • 4N’Soki
  • 2Sobol
  • 19SowahReplaced forMaouassaon 90 + 2 ‘minutes
  • 26Row
  • 3The weightBooked in 76 minutes
  • 10LongBooked at 62 minutes
  • 20Vanaken
  • 90Boilers

Substitutes

  • 7Wesley
  • 11Maouassa
  • 16Persyn
  • 25designer
  • 28van der Brempt
  • 29Enough
  • 44Mechele
  • 72Mbamba-Muanda
  • 91Lammens

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 2Judging
  • 5Brands
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 22DialloReplaced forTavares Mendeson 75 ‘minutes
  • 21Herrera
  • 8WallsBooked after 12 minutesReplaced forDaniloon 45 ‘minutes
  • 18WijnaldumReplaced forDraxleron 45 ‘minutes
  • 30MessiBooked after 72 minutes
  • 7MbappéReplaced forIcardion 51 ‘minutes
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 9Icardi
  • 15Danilo
  • 23Draxler
  • 24Sweeper
  • 25Tavares Mendes
  • 28He dug
  • 31Bitshiabu
  • 32Alloh
  • 39Bitumazala
  • 50G Donnarumma
  • 60Letellier

Judging:
Sandro Schärer

Presence:
27,546 th most common

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