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Messi, Mbappe power PSG to victory



Lionel Messi (right) celebrates a goal against RB Leipzig with teammate Kylian Mbappe (Photo Credit: Twitter)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were rescued by their superstar attack as Lionel Messi scored twice and Kylian Mbappe played a starring role for the French side, which came from behind to beat RB Leipzig, 3-2, in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mbappe had given PSG the lead at the Parc des Princes but a Leipzig side beaten 6-3 at Manchester City earlier in the competition did not crumble in the French capital.

Goals from Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele had them in front, and at that point PSG looked as if they might pay the price for another occasionally disjointed display.

But then Mbappe set up Messi for the equalizer before the Argentine coolly chipped in a 74th-minute penalty awarded for a foul on the France forward.

“It is true that we must do better. For the moment we are not playing well but we are winning,” Mbappe, who also missed a penalty in injury time, told broadcaster RMC Sport.

“We don’t need to say anything more about the quality of Kylian and Leo,” insisted PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, whose team are now top of Group A at the halfway stage, a point above City.

“In games when you are struggling to find solutions as a team, that is why you need players of their class.”

In contrast Leipzig, beaten by PSG in the semi-finals in 2020, are bottom without a point.

“We played very well, but once we got in front we made too many basic mistakes and in the end maybe we deserved our defeat,” Leipzig’s American coach, Jesse Marsch said.

PSG’s win was achieved without Neymar, sidelined by an adductor muscle injury.