Messi makes first PSG start in 1-1 draw
Published: 09:51 AM, 16 September 2021
Lionel Messi made his first Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) start in a 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Argentine star lined up with both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for the first time, after being limited to just 24 minutes in a PSG shirt since his shock exit from Barcelona.
Ander Herrera, who scored twice in the weekend win over Clermont, gave PSG the lead by steering in Mbappe's cross on 15 minutes, but Brugge soon levelled through Hans Vanaken.
Messi curled against the bar from the corner of the area but PSG then lost Mbappe to injury and had to settle for a point against a team viewed as makeweights in a demanding Group A.
"We need time for them to get to know each other," PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said of his all-star attack.
"We have to improve and find the right balance, I said that before, but we must stay calm. I'm happy with how Messi played, his desire and his attitude, and the way he's adjusting."