Scores and highlights of PSG vs Leipzig match
PSG vs Leipzig match report: Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain found their rhythm as they inspired their team to a 3-2 home win against RB Leipzig in a Champions League thriller on Tuesday, their second-half double after the Ligue 1 team scored Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele fell.
behind on both sides of the break 2-1. Failing a penalty due to injury,
Mbappé tied Messi and won the penalty, which the Argentine converted with an icy chip after a mediocre performance by the newcomer to the club.
“It’s normal, it’s about respect,” Mbappé said when he allowed Messi to take the first penalty. “He is the best player in the world. I have always said that it was a privilege to play with him.
“There is a penalty, he shot it and scored a goal. He wanted to give me the second and I missed.”
Mbappé added that Leipzig made it difficult for PSG to claim victory from the comeback.
“We were lucky? No, you make your own luck,” he said. But of course it was difficult, Leipzig played well. We’ve had some bad moments that may have been a bit low. “
PSG led Group A to the top by seven points from three games, one point ahead of Manchester City, which destroyed Club Brugge 5-1 on Tuesday. Leipzig has no points.
“They put a lot of pressure and targeted Marco Verratti,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who struggled with the absence of the injured Neymar and suspended Ángel Di María.
“It was a very tough game, but the team showed its character again.”
Leipzig US coach Jesse Marsch added: “There is a big difference between us and PSG, but the fact that we are almost there says a lot. We have to trust this young team.”
Before Mbappé and Messi came together as two old teammates, PSG often seemed unhappy and unable to cope with Leipzig’s high-pressure play.
Marsch’s team pushed hard from the start, and after eight minutes, PSG’s Keylor Navas had already made three stops.
It was a double-edged sword for the visitors, however, as PSG threatened after the break and scored the opening goal in the 9th minute.
Julian Draxler threw a long pass from Marquinhos in the way of Mbappé, who played his marker before firing a low shot that passed Peter Gulacsi to score his first Champions League goal of the season.
Leipzig did not give in and in the 27th minute Silva’s volley hit Navas’ left post. A minute later, Silva converted an Angelino cross at the far post to equalize.
Leipzig was the best team and Christopher Nkunku nearly took three minutes before the break when his low shot went wide after a series of dribbles.
PSG started the second half well, with Messi finding space between the lines, but it was Leipzig that continued to fight in the 57 min.
The hosts continued to fight, but a back pass from Tyler Adams was intercepted by Mbappé, who accelerated into the area and fed Messi. The Argentine shoved the ball into the empty net after Gulacsi’s shot at 67,
It was Mbappé who prepared Messi for PSG’s second goal in his 2-0 win over Manchester City in the final round.
Seven minutes later, Mbappé was brought down by Mohamed Simakan and Messi clinically converted the resulting penalty before re-targeting his attacking partner, who has scored all three of his goals for PSG so far.
PSG received another penalty four minutes after injury time following a VAR review for a foul by Josko Gvardiol on Achraf Hakimi, but Mbappé went above the bar, though that did not detract from the 22-year-old’s excellent overall performance.