Ligue 1: Lionel Messi scores as 10-man PSG leave it late to beat Nantes

A late own-goal helped rescue 10-man PSG as they secured a 3-1 victory at Nantes.

 

Kylian Mbappe, who has been running down his contract ahead of an expected move to Spanish side Real Madrid, put his current side ahead after just two minutes.

 

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino had teamed the 22-year-old with both Lionel Messi and Neymar, but they were unable to add to their tally in the first of the first half.

 

In the second, Nantes applied the pressure and went close twice early on through Kalifa Coulibaly. The game started to settle out until Keylor Navas rushed out to clatter Ludovic Blas to prevent a goalscoring opportunity, and he was duly sent off.

 

Gianluigi Donnarumma was not given the nod despite his recent complaints over a lack of first-team action, with Sergio Rico on instead, and he soon made a vital point-blank reflex save.

 

Randal Kolo Muani brilliantly levelled for the home side when he backheeled the rebound from his own header past the line as Rico desperately tried to scoop it away moments too late.

 

There was more drama to come when with nine minutes of normal time remaining, Dennis Appiah’s attempt to cut out a Messi through-ball only to send it flying into the back of his side’s net, and Messi then added a late goal of his own in order to secure victory.

 

The result left Nantes in 11th, while PSG held onto first place.

 

Source: Modern Ghana

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