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Messi guides PSG to victory on return after World Cup triumph

PARIS: Lionel Messi scored in Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win over Angers in Ligue 1 on Wednesday on his first look since main Argentina to victory within the World Cup in Qatar. Messi had been rested for PSG’s first three matches following the lengthy break within the season brought on by the World Cup however he returned to coaching in Paris per week in the past and was again within the beginning line-up for this recreation towards Ligue 1’s backside aspect.

The win, which got here three and a half weeks after he captained Argentina to their World Cup ultimate triumph on penalties towards France in Qatar, noticed PSG transfer six factors clear on the high of the French desk. Neymar additionally began, having missed his crew’s final two matches as a consequence of suspension and to bear therapy on the ankle damage he suffered enjoying for Brazil on the World Cup.

In the meantime Kylian Mbappe was rested for a second straight recreation having been afforded day without work for a vacation in New York within the wake of his personal World Cup marketing campaign, which noticed him rating a hat-trick within the ultimate however come out on the shedding aspect. Mbappe and Messi are anticipated to be reunited this weekend in Sunday’s match away to Rennes.

Within the meantime the absence of the France star meant younger striker Hugo Ekitike once more began within the dwelling assault on the Parc des Princes and he opened the scoring within the fifth minute from a Nordi Mukiele cross on the finish of a transfer by which Messi additionally featured.

PSG weren’t at their glowing finest however Messi swept in his thirteenth membership purpose of the season to make it 2-0 with 17 minutes left.

Ekitike and Mukiele had been once more concerned earlier than Messi utilized the end. The purpose was initially disallowed for offside however a VAR examine allowed it to face. “Messi has recovered properly. He’s relaxed and in nice form bodily, and with Leo the crew appears to be like totally different,” mentioned coach Christophe Galtier.

Talking to broadcaster Canal Plus, Galtier, who mentioned he had come down with a fever through the recreation, added: “We’re coming again off the World Cup so it’s troublesome for the gamers to search out their reference factors once more.” “We’re all simply getting used to enjoying collectively once more and you could possibly see at occasions that we lacked among the connections between the gamers that we had extra usually earlier than the World Cup.”

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