Friday, 24 March, 2023

Messi strikes winner in PSG’s come-from-behind victory

Messi strikes winner in PSG’s come-from-behind victory

Lionel Messi scored a superb second-half winner as a Paris Saint-Germain side missing the injured Kylian Mbappe and Neymar came from behind to beat Toulouse 2-1 on Saturday and consolidate their lead at the top of Ligue 1, reports AFP. Dutch midfielder Branco van den Boomen gave mid-table Toulouse the lead at the Parc des Princes from a 20th-minute free-kick, only for Achraf Hakimi to curl in the

equaliser with half-time approaching. Messi then put PSG in front just before the hour mark with a

glorious first-time strike on his left foot low into the corner of the net from just outside the area. It was Messi's 10th Ligue 1 goal of the season and his 15th for his club this campaign, as the World Cup

winner stepped up in the absence of PSG's two other superstar attackers. The Qatar-owned club are now eight points clear at the top of the table from Marseille, who play Nice on Sunday and then host PSG in the French Cup last 16 in midweek. Neymar missed a second successive game with an apparently

minor adductor problem, meaning it was left to Messi to lead the attack alongside the 20-year-old Hugo Ekitike with support from Vitinha and Carlos Soler.