Messi looks angry at being replaced; Icardi gets the late winner
PARIS (AP) – Lionel Messi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick and looked angry that he was taken out…
PARIS (AP) – Lionel Messi hit the crossbar with a curling free kick and looked angry that he was taken out in the 75th minute on his home debut on Sunday for Paris Saint-Germain.
Substitute Mauro Icardi scored deep in stoppage time as PSG clinched a 2-1 win over Lyon in the French league to make it six straight wins.
Messi stared at PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and appeared to snub a handshake as he stepped out. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who is still chasing his first goal at PSG in his third appearance after his shock kick from Barcelona, sat grumpily on the bench.
As he stepped out, Messi made a gesture with his hands spread as if to say he didn’t understand, and Pochettino attempted an explanation afterwards.
“Everyone knows that we have great players in the team, we have 35 players. But we have to make decisions for the good of the team. Sometimes they lead to a positive result and sometimes not, ”Pochettino said through a translator. “These are decisions we have to make. Sometimes people like it or not. I asked him how he was and he said he was fine.
On the pitch, Icardi found space to take the lead over Kylian Mbappe’s precise cross from the left in the 93rd.
PSG fell behind in the 53rd when Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta finished cleanly, after striker Karl Toko Ekambi picked him up with a low cross at the front post.
Neymar equalized from the penalty spot in the 66th after being fouled by 18-year-old right-back Malo Gusto.
Lyon coach Peter Bosz was not happy with the call.
“It’s not Malo who fouls Neymar, it’s Neymar who gets his hands on him and fouls him,” said Bosz. “I can understand if the referee hasn’t seen it, but then there’s VAR.”
Longtime Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas went even further, calling the decision an “aberration” and saying the referee should have used the video.
Messi almost scored in the 32nd.
He found Neymar on the left and sprinted to meet Neymar’s smart reverse pass, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes read Messi’s low shot right and turned it down with his legs.
Four minutes later, Lopes was stuck in place as Messi hit the crossbar with a 25-yard free kick.
Messi, whose last Champions League goal for Barca was away from PSG in last season’s round of 16 second leg, also touched the bar in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Club Brugge.
PSG are five points ahead of their bitter rival, Marseille, after having played one more game.
Marseille had previously beaten Rennes 2-0 to climb to second place with striker Bamba Dieng scoring his third goal in two games.
After Dieng shot a cross from midfielder Pol Lirola in the 48th, substitute Amine Harit scored in the 70th after cutting from the left flank.
Additionally, Amine Gouiri missed a late-game penalty as fifth-placed Nice were held to a 2-2 draw as they traveled to Monaco in a thrilling Cote d’Azur derby.
Gouiri had the chance to bring the score to 3-2 on the spot in the 82nd following a ball from the hand of defender Benoit Badiashile. But he missed the mark.
Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder’s penalty five minutes earlier made it 2-2, moments after Gouiri and Andy Delort placed midfielder Hicham Boudaoui.
After Nice striker Kasper Dolberg limped off from a knee injury, midfielder Aleksandr Golovin gave Monaco the lead in the 39th with a cross from the right wing from Gelson Martins.
Delort, who replaced Dolberg, equalized in the 50th on a cross from Gouiri to the head. Gouiri has four goals and two assists in six games.
Monaco in difficulty is in 14th place.
Angers fell to fourth place after losing 4-1 at home to Nantes in their first loss this season.
High-flying Angers were brought down when Nantes scored twice in the first five minutes thanks to Andrei Girotto and Ludovic Blas.
Captain Ismael Traore quickly fell back, but striker Randal Kolo Muani quickly increased the score to 3-1 and Blas added a fourth place for midfield Nantes.
Midfielder Teji Savanier equalized in the 87th minute for Montpellier in a 1-1 draw at Troyes.
Also, it was Clermont 1, Brest 1; and Reims 0, Lorient 0.
On Saturday, the game between Lens and defending champion Lille was put on hold for around 30 minutes after supporters of rivals from the north clashed at half-time. Lens won 1-0.
The league’s disciplinary committee will meet on Monday to discuss the second high-profile incident of the season, after serious unrest during the Nice-Marseille match.
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