With the participation of Messi, Neymar and Mbappe.. Saint-Germain tied and an exciting victory for Manchester City


French Paris Saint-Germain fell into the trap of a 1-1 draw with its Belgian host Club Brugge, while Manchester City achieved an exciting victory over German Leipzig 6-3, on Wednesday, in the first round of the first group matches in the European Champions League.

In the first match, the terrible trio of Argentine Lionel Messi, Brazilian Neymar and French Kylian Mbappe played the first match together in the ranks of Paris Saint-Germain since the first transfer from Barcelona in a free deal.

Messi, in particular, participated for the first time in the ranks of the French capital team, knowing that he played 24 minutes in the match against Reims when he came as a substitute for Neymar in the local league.

On the other hand, Argentine winger Angel Di Maria missed the match to stop him, and Italian playmaker Marco Verratti due to injury, while St Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino decided to involve the veteran Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, at the expense of the newly transferred Italian Gianluigi Donnarumma from Milan. With a free deal.

Messi also played his 150th match in the most important continental competition and became the third player to achieve this achievement after Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (177, a record) and Spanish Xavi (151).

The Parisian team achieved a strong start in the local league, by winning its five matches so far since the start of the current season. The Yemeni team had a strong start in the continental competition, but Brugge was more than a stubborn rival, and even surpassed it in long periods during the match.

Saint-Germain opened the scoring after a great individual effort for Mbappe, in which he bypassed two defenders on the left side and passed a crawl into the area, followed by Ander Herrera with his left into the net (16).

Despite the repeated attacks of Saint Germain, Club Brugge formed a danger through the counter-attacks and managed to equalize through one of them, through captain Hans Vananakan, taking advantage of a cross pass to hit the net (27).

Paris Saint-Germain responded with a curling shot from Messi from the outskirts of the area, but it hit the crossbar (28).

But Vanakan almost gave Brugge the lead when he hit a direct free kick from 25 metres, but Navas threw it to save the situation (33).

Navas entered brilliantly to block the attempt of Charles de Ketelair (36).

Club Brugge pressed at the beginning of the second half, and his attacks confused the Saint-Germain defense, which received a blow with Mbappe’s injury after only seven minutes, to be replaced by Argentine Mauro Icardi.

But all of Saint-Germain’s attempts to snatch the victory failed.

Exciting win for City

And at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Manchester City won an exciting 6-3 victory over Laibaza.

Belgian playmaker Kevin De Bruyne made his first game for City after recovering from an injury he suffered in the last European Cup.

City reached the Champions League final last season for the first time in its history, losing to its neighbor Chelsea, with a goal to none.

Dutch defender Natan Ake opened the scoring for City, taking advantage of a corner kick from Jack Grealish, to head it into the net (16).

City doubled their lead when De Bruyne grabbed the ball on the right side and skipped a defender before passing a cunning cross ball into the area. The Frenchman Nordi Mukiele tried to clear it, but he hit it header by mistake inside his own net (28).

And the Portuguese striker Andre Silva thought that he had reduced the difference for Leipzig, but his goal was canceled due to offside (36).

And the German team succeeded in reducing the difference when the Swede, Emil Forsberg, raised the ball towards Mukiele, who headed it to the French Christopher Nkunku, who hit a header in turn into the net of the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson (42).

But City quickly restored the difference to its predecessor by scoring the third goal from a penalty kick, which was scored by Algerian Riyad Mahrez in the second minute of stoppage time in the first half after a handball inside the area.

City conceded a second goal through Nkunku, who received a perfect ball from Spaniard Dani Olmo, and Aki overtook it and shot it into the net (51).

But once again Grealish returned the difference to his predecessor in his first match in this competition when he curled a ball into the far corner (56).

Nkunku refused not to score a hat-trick when he took advantage of a front ball from Joseph Poulsen to follow into the net (73), but his team did not enjoy much to reduce the difference because the Portuguese Joao Cancelo scored the fifth goal for City with a powerful shot in the roof of the net (75).

Leipzig completed the last 11 minutes with ten players, after the Spanish player Angelino, who was transferred to him from City, was sent off for receiving a second warning in the match.

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus ended the goal fest by adding the sixth five minutes before the end of the match.


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