After an extended wait — 19 days after his signing was introduced — Lionel Messi made his official debut for Paris Saint-Germain. He entered in the 66th minute of a Ligue 1 highway match at Stade de Reims with the outcome already in hand in a 2-0 victory. It was PSG’s fourth straight win to start out the league season.
Messi got here into the match in place of his pal and fellow attacker Neymar, who was additionally making his season debut. The Argentine’s 24 minutes on the sector weren’t outstanding exterior of two tried connections with goal-scoring hero Kylian Mbappe, who netted each objectives. By the time Messi got here in, the match had misplaced any actual rhythm on both aspect with six subs, two yellow playing cards and a whole lot of bodily play dominating the closing phases of the match.
Here are Messi’s stats for his first match in PSG colours, courtesy of SofaScore. He did not see a lot of the ball and when he did, he did not attempt to do something outrageous. A complete of 11 of his 21 go makes an attempt got here in the attacking half of the sector:
- Minutes: 24
- Goals/Assists: 0
- Touches: 26
- Key passes: 0
- Dribble makes an attempt: 0
- Shots / Shots on aim: 0
- Crosses: 0
- Fouls suffered: 3
- Possessions misplaced: 2
- Passing accuracy: 95% (made 20 of 21 tried passes)
The map beneath reveals the place Messi’s touches got here on the sector:
🧐 La première de Leo Messi en chiffres 🇦🇷 ! #SDRPSG
👟 26 ballons joués
💪 5 duels disputés
👮 3 fautes subies
🦶 1 tacle
🛠️ 1 ballon récupéré
🎯 21 passes tentées (dont 11 dans le camp adversarial), 95% de réussite pic.twitter.com/Al6N4Zvur3
— Ligue 1 Uber Eats (@Ligue1UberEats) August 29, 2021
The Argentine was included in PSG’s matchday squad for the primary time since signing for the membership on Aug. 10 and his coach, Argentine compatriot Mauricio Pochettino, confirmed previous to the match that the soccer legend would play in the sport. He began on the bench, sporting the No. 30 jersey.
Fans around the globe had been desperate to see Messi in a brand new jersey after he spent 21 seasons with FC Barcelona in Spain. He turned a free agent on June 30 and signed a two-year cope with PSG with an choice for a 3rd.
His subsequent match for PSG will come after the September worldwide break on Sunday, Sept. 12 when PSG hosts Clermont Foot in Matchday 5 of the Ligue 1 season. Messi is predicted to characteristic for Argentina in three World Cup qualifiers that can be performed at the beginning of the month.
PSG vs. Stade de Reims closing rating
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PSG — Kylian Mbappe (Angel Di Maria) — fifteenth min.
PSG — Kylian Mbappe (Achraf Hakimi) — 63rd min.
Final: Stade de Reims 0, PSG 2
Final: Not the most effective efficiency from PSG, however they will take the win, their fourth in a row to start out the season, as they head into the worldwide break. The incontrovertible fact that they obtained Messi and Neymar their first minutes was a bonus. If Kylian Mbappe performed his final sport for the membership, two objectives and a man-of-the-match efficiency is an effective solution to exit. He performed the complete 90 minutes and hasn’t let up one bit for the reason that reviews of Real Madrid provides began coming via.
ninetieth min.: Mbappe tries to seek out Messi in the field once more, however the ball would not get to him. He’s actually looking for his new teammate. Six minutes of stoppage time.
88th min.: Teams exchanging yellows, however not many scoring probabilities. Now it is PSG’s Leandro Paredes who will get the warning for a tough foul.
84th min.: Stade de Reims’ Hugo Ekitike goes in the ref’s e book for a tough foul on Mbappe. Stade remains to be urgent. PSG appear blissful to play on the counterattack and see out the match with the two-goal lead.
81st min.: SUB – PSG’s Julian Draxler comes in for Angel Di Maria.
78th min.: Messi feeds Mbappe down the suitable aspect of the field on a driving run and Mbappe tries the return go, nevertheless it’s blocked by Reims.
seventy fifth min.: SUBS – After two straight nook kicks for the house workforce, two subs come on for PSG — Paredes and Kimpembe come on — and one for Stade de Reims (Flips on for Kebbal).
72nd min.: Messi is taking part in on the suitable aspect of the assault, with compatriot Di Maria extensive left and Mbappe nonetheless at middle ahead.
71st min.: SUB – Dutch ahead Mitchell Van Bergen comes on for Dion Lopy.
66th min.: SUBS – And now Messi’s lastly coming into the match. He enters for Neymar to chants of “Messi” from the group. Ander Herrera additionally comes on for Wijnaldum.
63rd min.: GOAL PSG! It’s Mbappe once more! Fantastic counterattack from PSG with Hakimi storming down the suitable and feeding Mbappe on the far submit for the straightforward tap-in.
62nd min.: PSG goalkeeper Navas wants two stabs to cease a shot from Reims.
58th min.: Messi’s warming up on the sideline. We’ll see how lengthy earlier than he comes on.
fifty fifth min.: Another yellow card for PSG. This time it is left again Abdou Diallo with a harmful foul in midfield and he goes in the e book.
51st min.: Goal for Stade de Reims! A cross from the suitable is headed on aim by El Bilal Toure, Keylor Navas cannot maintain on and Stade’s Marshall Munetsi knocks dwelling the rebound. But the VAR scratched this one for offside. Navas and PSG are saved by video assessment.
❌ El Reims empató al PSG, pero su gol fue anulado a instancias del VAR por fuera de juego ❌
¿Estás de acuerdo? 🤔
— beIN SPORTS Español (@ESbeINSPORTS) August 29, 2021
forty sixth min.: No Messi to start out the second half. But Stade de Reims convey on Bradley Locko and Valon Berisha as halftime subs.
Halftime: Stade de Reims 0, PSG 1
Halftime: It was an OK first half from PSG. Kylian Mbappe, who’s nonetheless the topic of an energetic switch bid from Real Madrid, was the difference-maker as soon as once more for his workforce. He regarded like probably the most harmful participant on the sector for PSG. Outside of the aim, it was a toothless show from PSG and Stade de Reims are very a lot nonetheless in it. All eyes on Mauricio Pochettino and when he’ll determine to convey on Messi.
forty fourth min.: And now PSG midfielder Marco Verratti will get a yellow card for a foul from behind on Kebbal. Not the way in which PSG and Pochettino need to shut out this half. It’s the second straight sport with a yellow card for the caution-prone Verratti:
Verratti cette saison : 2 matches, 2 jaunes.
— PSG COMMUNITY (@psgcommunity_) August 29, 2021
forty first min.: The dwelling workforce with one other likelihood! Moreto Cassama with a shot that nicks the highest left nook of PSG’s aim. PSG aren’t attacking with sufficient urgency and appear virtually content material to maintain possession. Stade de Reims is exhibiting that it may well make them pay.
thirty ninth min.: Shot on aim for Stade de Reims! Ilan Kebbal fires a shot from the left nook of the realm and Navas dives and holds on. It was a cross that became a shot. Check out the transfer that Kebbal placed on Achraf Hakimi.
thirty eighth min.: Rare assault for Stade de Reims and the suitable wingback Thomas Foket cannot win the nook kick and the assault is wasted.
thirty second min.: Di Maria free kick foiled by the wall. It’s been some time since Stade de Reims has troubled Keylor Navas.
twenty sixth min.: This match has now settled into a transparent sample: PSG controlling proceedings and Stade de Reims seeking to intercept and launch the counter.
twentieth min.: That aim was the second header aim by Mbappe in the brand new season. He apparently by no means had one earlier than the beginning of 2021-2022 Ligue 1.
fifteenth min.: Goal PSG! Di Maria with the unbelievable cross from the suitable aspect and Mbappe heads it dwelling. Mbappe, taking part in at middle ahead right this moment, made an ideal run in the field. Di Maria can do something with that left foot.
14th min.: Messi in the PSG masks on the bench:
thirteenth min.: Marquinhos with an enormous sliding block on a shot in the field by El Bilal Toure, however that Stade de Reims try was additionally dominated offside.
tenth min.: First large likelihood for PSG on the ft of Kylian Mbappe. He will get the ball, turns in the field and pokes the ball at aim, nevertheless it’s simply extensive.
eighth min.: Stade de Reims seems harmful with PSG retaining a excessive line. In the most recent occasion, Reims ahead El Bilal Toure is caught offside. It’s the third offside name towards Reims.
1st min.: We’re off. And it’s an offside name on the kickoff towards PSG. That’s uncommon.
2:47 p.m.: And right here’s that stroll out of the tunnel for Messi:
2:46 p.m.: A have a look at Messi in the tunnel popping out together with his workforce:
2:32 p.m.: The followers in Reims are getting a deal with:
Messi will get introduced & even the Reims followers cheer. #SDRPSG
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 29, 2021
1:36 p.m.: Mauricio Pochettino confirms pregame that Messi can be getting taking part in time in the match:
12:46 p.m.: Messi’s place in the locker? Right subsequent to his greatest bud Neymar:
PSG vs. Stade de Reims lineups
Even with out Lionel Messi in the beginning lineup, PSG’s entrance line is horrifying: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. Two of the 5 new acquisitions in the offseason will even begin: proper again Achraf Hakimi and central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): 1-Keylor Navas — 22-Abdou Diallo, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Thilo Kehrer, 2-Achraf Hakimi — 6-Marco Verratti, 27-Idrissa Gueye, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum — 10-Neymar, 7-Kylian Mbappe, 11-Angel Di Maria
Available Subs: 50-Gianluigi Donnarumma-GK, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 8-Leandro Paredes, 15-Danilo Pereira, 36-Junior Dina Ebimbe, 23-Julian Draxler, 21-Ander Herrera, 29-Arnaud Kalimuendo, 30-Lionel Messi
Starting lineup (3-4-3, left to proper): 1-Predrag Rajkovic-GK — 5-Yunis Abdelhamid, 2-Wout Faes, 6-Andrew Gravillon — 26-Dion Lopy, 23-Moreto Cassama, 15-Marshall Munetsi, 32-Thomas Foket — 11-Nathanael Mbuku, 27-El Bilal Toure, 20-Ilan Kebbal
Available Subs: 16-Yehvann Diouf-GK, 3-Ghislain Konan, 13-Fode Doucoure, 28-Bradley Locko, 24-Mathieu Cafaro, 14-Valon Berisha, 12-Alexis Flips, 22-Hugo Ekitike, 19-Mitchell Van Bergen
How to look at Messi, PSG
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