Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue One goal for Paris Saint Germain against Nantes at the Parc Des Princes, as the Parisians made it seven wins out of seven games at home in the league.
The Argentinian scored the last goal of the game with a clear left strike in the 74th minute to seal the victory for the home team.
“I’m happy with this first goal. There were a lot of chances. We were not afraid, but the result took a long time to emerge for us. I’m very happy to have scored that first goal, even though I had already scored in the Champions League.” Messi said after the game.
Paris Saint Germain got off to the perfect start with Kylian Mbappé scoring from their first attack of the match in the second minute. The attacking-trio of Mbappé, Neymar, and Messi were in the mood as they linked up beautifully throughout the half, only for Lafont to deny them on several occasions.
Nantes offered nothing going forward in the first half, but came out in spirited fashion in the second half, with Kalifa Coulibaly having two attempts at goal but it was all too comfortable for Pochettino’s side. Things took a drastic turn in the 65th minute though, as Keylor Navas came rushing out of his goal with a wild challenge on Ludovic Blas and received a red card for his moment of madness.
Sergio Rico was brought on to go in goal for the remaining 25 minutes. Having the man advantage further inspired the visitors and they found the equaliser with 15 minutes to go, as Randal Kolo Muani’s cheeky backheel just about crossed the line, much to the dismay of a Sergio Rico who was unable to keep it out.
PSG retook the lead in the 82nd minute in fortunate circumstances, as Messi’s cross was deflected by Dennis Appiah into his own net.
The victory sees PSG add to their incredible form in the league, winning 12 of their 14 matches this season.