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Messi scores maiden Ligue 1 goal as 10-man PSG open huge lead

PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue 1 goal as Paris St Germain opened a 13-point lead in Ligue 1 regardless of taking part in virtually half an hour with 10 males in a 3-1 dwelling win towards Nantes on Saturday.

Messi discovered the again of the online with a curled left-footed effort from outdoors the field three minutes from time, including to Dennis Appiah’s personal goal after Randal Kolo Muani had cancelled out Kylian Mbappe’s first-half opener.

The consequence left PSG with 37 factors from 14 video games forward of a Champions League journey to Manchester City on Wednesday, whereas Nantes are eleventh on 18 factors.

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Messi has scored three targets within the Champions League since becoming a member of from Barcelona in the course of the shut season however the Argentine ahead had not discovered the again of the online in his 5 earlier appearances in Ligue 1.

“I’m happy with this first goal, I really wanted it. I had several chances before in this match and in the previous matches,” stated Messi.

“I am very happy with this first goal in the league, I had already scored in the Champions League. I had chances but I didn’t convert them. I am very happy.”

PSG began brilliantly as Mbappe deflected Leandro Paredes’ long-range strike to place the hosts forward after simply two minutes.

The attacking trio coordinated properly, with Mbappe shifting to the suitable wing and leaving Messi extra on the within. The Argentine got here shut within the seventeenth minute after being arrange by Neymar.

Mbappe tormented the Nantes defence along with his method and brutal accelerations as he regarded to search out Messi.

Nantes keeper Alban Lafont stored his workforce afloat with a number of saves as the guests struggled to get into PSG’s half in a one-sided opening half.

Nantes put some strain on after the break, however their makes an attempt had been too weak for Navas, who made his first correct save within the 61st minute to dam Ludovic Blas’ strike.

But the keeper was despatched off 4 minutes later for charging into Blas outdoors his space. With Gianluigi Donnarumma out with a bout of gastro-enteritis, Sergio Rico stepped in and Neymar was despatched again to the bench.

Rico made an excellent save in a packed goalmouth and parried Kolo Muani’s header within the 76th, however the striker adopted up and netted with a again heel to place the guests degree.

But Appiah deflected a Messi cross into his personal internet within the 81st minute, earlier than Messi despatched the Parc des Princes crowd into raptures along with his trademark curled strike.

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Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Nantes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - November 20, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Nantes - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - November 20, 2021 Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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