Lionel Messi stood and smiled, looking transfixed as Paris Saint-Germain fans chanted the soccer great’s name — “Leo Messi, Leo Messi” — before Saturday’s 4-2 home win against Strasbourg within the French league. PSG’s latest signing joined four other recruits presented on the sector to some 49,000 fans at Parc des Princes before kickoff. Messi wasn’t within the actual squad for the sport, which saw PSG coasting at 3-0 only to urge pegged back to 3-2 until a late red card for Strasbourg eased the pressure. Icardi scored after three minutes, Kylian Mbappe found internet with a heavily deflected shot resulting in an own-goal, and Mbappe’s deflected cross allowed Germany midfielder Julian Draxler to form it 3-0 within the 27th minute.
Former PSG forward Kevin Gameiro headed home for the visitors within the 53rd. Imposing striker Ludovic Ajorque’s even better header midway through the last half pulled it back to 3-2, drawing some whistles from the house crowd. But after Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku was sent off within the 82nd, Mbappe found out winger Pablo Sarabia from close range for PSG’s fourth goal. But after Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku was sent off within the 82nd, Mbappe found out winger Pablo Sarabia from close range for PSG’s fourth goal. Italy’s Euro 2020 star goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum, and former Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi were all given loud ovations.
But nothing compared to the large one reserved for Messi, a four-time Champions League, and six-time Golden Ball winner. He joined PSG on a two-year deal in the week after his new effect Barcelona sensationally collapsed and left him in tears as PSG rushed . Earlier Saturday, coach Christophe Galtier returned to Lille and punished his old club as Nice won 4-0. Striker Kasper Dolberg and midfielder Hichem Boudaoui scored inside the primary four minutes, with lively forward Amine Gouiri involved in both.
Lille clawed back from 3-1 right down to draw 3-3 last weekend, but there was no comeback this point as Gouiri made it 3-0 from the penalty spot shortly after the break and Dolberg headed in his second midway through the last half . Last season, Galtier’s excellent coaching helped Lille win the title against the chances . But Lille wasn’t keen on letting him leave one year before the top of his contract, and Nice had to pay 4 million euros ($4.7 million) in compensation. This created tense relations between Galtier and Lille president Olivier Letang. It must are a weird sight for Galtier because the league trophy he won, and therefore the recent Champions Trophy, were presented to the house fans.
They were soon in a despondent mood as Nice went 2-0 up. Playing his first match since scoring three goals for Denmark at Euro 2020, Dolberg found internet within the first minute from close range. Poor defending from Zeki Celik struggling from Dolberg resulted in Gouri fixing Boudaoui and he smacked a firm shot past Lille’s new goalkeeper Leo Jardim — who has conceded seven in two games since replacing Mike Maignan. Marseille hosts Bordeaux within the pick of Sunday’s games. Monaco lost 1-0 at Lorient on Friday and has just one point from its opening two games, having finished third last season.