Shocked Lionel Messi is knocked out by Mauricio Pochettino in the 76th minute of his PSG home debut…
- Lionel Messi was substituted after a disappointing home debut in the 76th minute
- He stared sharply at Mauricio Pochettino and seemed to decline a handshake
- The six-time Ballon d’Or winner then sat gloomily on the bench
- PSG beat Lyon to make six wins from six on Sunday night
- Mauro Icardi headed home after a cross from Kylian Mbappé in injury time
Lionel Messi was unceremoniously dragged off by Mauricio Pochettino on his Parc des Princes debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night, before injury time from Mauro Icardi gave the home side a 2-1 win over Lyon.
Messi had limited impact in his third appearance for PSG, hitting the woodwork but failing to score for the third game in a row before being replaced in the 76th minute by Achraf Hakimi in the 1-1 draw.
As he got away, Barcelona’s summer arrival stared sharply at PSG manager Pochettino and appeared to refuse a handshake from his fellow Argentine.
Lionel Messi couldn’t hide his disappointment after being substituted in the 76th minute
Messi said something briefly to Mauricio Pochettino, but didn’t stop on his way to the bench
The summer endorsement got a round of applause, but no standing ovation from PSG fans
Messi also gestured with his hands apart as if to say he didn’t understand, and Pochettino attempted an explanation afterwards.
“Everyone knows we have great players in the squad, we have 35 players. But we have to make decisions in the interest of the team. Sometimes they lead to a positive result, sometimes not,” said Pochettino through a translator.
“These are decisions we have to make. Sometimes people like it, or they don’t. I asked him how he was and he said he was fine.’
The former Tottenham boss was proved right when Icardi, who came on in the 82nd minute for Angel Di Maria, went home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross four minutes after stoppage time to win it for the hosts.
Mauricio Pochettino was justified as substitute Mauro Icardi hit winner in stoppage time
Icardi headed home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross four minutes into stoppage time
Neymar was right on a penalty after Lucas Paqueta’s second half opener as leader PSG maintained their perfect record with 18 points.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, who is still chasing his first PSG goal after his third appearance following his shock from Barcelona, sat on the bench with a gloomy face after he was substituted.
PSG fell behind in the 53rd minute when Brazilian midfielder Paqueta neatly finished off after striker Karl Toko Ekambi nicked him with a low cross to the front post.
Neymar equalized from the penalty spot in the 66th after being fouled by 18-year-old right-back Malo Gusto.
Neymar equalized in the 66th minute on Saturday night with a controversial penalty
The Brazilian waited for Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes before going home
Messi was the best player of the game in the first half, almost scoring in the 32nd minute. He found Neymar on the left and sprinted to make his clever reverse pass, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes read Messi’s low shot well and denied it with his legs.
Four minutes later, Lopes was caught on the spot when Messi hit the crossbar with a free kick from outside the penalty area.
Messi, whose last Champions League goal for Barca was away to PSG in last season’s round of 16, also hit the bar in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge.
PSG are five points ahead of bitter rivals Marseille, having played one more game.
Messi hit the woodwork with a free kick but failed to score on his third appearance for the club
Messi was also denied his first goal by the outstretched leg of the Lyon goalkeeper
Lucas Paqueta swept a shot past PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to his near post