PSG held by Club Brugge in Champions League
September 16, 2021 11:59 am
Club Brugge players after holding PSG [Source: UEFA Champions League]
Lionel Messi’s Paris-St Germain side finished with a 1-all draw against Club Brugge in the Champions League this morning.
The Argentina star’s start for the side proved a frustrating evening after the draw.
Messi struck the crossbar but struggled to make a serious impact on his full debut and it was instead Ander Herrera who netted the opener after great work down the left from Kylian Mbappe.
Hans Vanaken scored a deserved equaliser before the break to get the 29,000-seater Jan Breydel Stadium rocking.
Messi was carded for a second-half foul and Mbappe replaced after 51 minutes as PSG found it difficult to break down the energetic hosts, who may feel they could have won the game themselves.
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PSG struggled to deal with the home side’s aggressive pressing throughout and needed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to tip Charles de Ketelaere’s well-struck effort over the crossbar to keep them level.
Messi began to find more space as the Belgian side tired late on but the 34-year-old was unable to unpick the Brugge defence, leaving boss Mauricio Pochettino to ponder how to get the best out of his all-star front three.
In other matches, Man City defeated RB Leipzig 6-3, Besiktas lost 1-2 to B Dortmund, Sheriff Tiraspol beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0, Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-2.
[Source : BBC]