EM – Ligue 1: Lionel Messi prepares for PSG comeback win marred by Neymar injury – Sports News, Firstpost


As recently as November, PSG were 40 points ahead of second-placed Rennes, who defeated Lorient 2-0 to their sixth win in seven games.

PSG’s Lionel Messi in action against Saint-Etienne. AP

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain leveled off an early deficit and on Sunday they beat Saint-Etienne 3-1 with three players in Ligue 1, with Lionel Messi preparing all three goals.

The game also saw the long-awaited PSG debut of Spanish defender Sergio Ramos, while Neymar left the pitch sobbing in agony and sustaining an ankle injury.

In November, PSG was 40 points ahead of second-placed Rennes, who beat Lorient 2-0 for a sixth win in seven games.

“I’m happy with the performance of the whole team and the dedication of all the players, especially Lionel Messi for helping us win the game,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Saint-Etienne surprisingly took the lead in the 23rd minute when Denis Bouanga defeated the offside trap and shot a shot past Gianluigi Donnarumma. A flag went up, but a VAR check awarded the goal.

The hosts, who are below the last two but have two league wins in a row, were able to hold their own against PSG, the one from the freezing cold and The gusty snow seemed more affected.

There was no VAR to save the hosts shortly before half-time when the reluctant defender Timothee Kolodziejczak was sent off for a fierce fight against Kylian Mbappe.

PSG were equal then when Marquinhos hit with a phenomenal header as Messi hovered the following free kick and leveled the score, but the hosts hung their heads.

“That was too hard at best,” said Saint Etienne coach Claude Puel . “It changed the game, we led and did well.”

The second half was a one-way street with more goals from Angel Di Maria in the 79th minute and central defender Marquinhos with his second injury – Messi again delivered centimeter accuracy Passes.

But there was late bad news for PSG when Neymar fell in full flight after stepping on the leg of a defender and twisting his ankle in such a way that his teammates winced.

“Right now there there is nothing to say. There is pain. He will have tests on Monday to find out a little more about his injury, “said Pochettino.

The result means that Saint-Etienne will slide to the bottom of the table, behind Metz on goal difference .

Rennes replaced Nice in second place when Gaetan Laborde and Jeremy Doku, who made his first start since August after injury, scored late at Lorient.

Marseille are two points behind Renn it one game in hand after beating Troyes 1-0 at the velodrome in a game that was played behind closed doors as a punishment for the crowd’s troubles when they met PSG last month.

Pol Lirola scored the only goal in the 74th minute after being pushed through by Dimitri Payet, the Marseille captain who came back on the head from the Lyon stands a week after his head strike.

This game was abandoned after just a few minutes and the league officials ordered Lyon to play their next home game without fans.

Lyon scored a 1-0 win in Montpellier on Sunday when Lucas Paqueta headed a rebound in the first half, after Islam Slimani shot a volley over the bar.

Brest extended their winning streak to four games thanks to two goals from Jeremy Le Douaron in the 2-1 win in Bordeaux.

Monaco were in the third game consecutive draw, as Ludovic Ajorque’s penalty equalized Wissam Ben Yedder’s penalty in a 1-1 draw against Strasbourg.

Clermont lost for the fifth time in a row when Ghislain Konan’s goal in Reims stoppage time was 1-0 bestowed.

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The loss to Mumbai City FC on Monday meant FC Goa’s league record streak of 15 games ended without a loss.

India is currently in 57th place, Brazil is 50 places above. Citing the higher level of the opponents, India captain Ashalata Devi said it was a “great opportunity” for her team to play against a top team in the world.

Italy striker Chiesa only played the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Atalanta and in a statement Juve said he had a minor tear in his left thigh.

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