Legendary star Lionel Messi scored his first goal in the French league, when he contributed to his team’s 3-1 victory over Nantes .
The Parisian trio was scored by Kylian Mbappe (2), Denis Appiah own-goal (82), and Messi (87), while Randall Kolo Mwane scored the only guest goal (76).
With this victory, Saint-Germain consolidated their lead in the French league with 37 points, 13 points ahead of their nearest rivals Lens, who take on Brest on Sunday, while Nantes, who suffered their sixth loss of the season, remained in 11th place with 18 points.
Saint-Germain completed the game with 10 players since the 64th minute, after Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas was sent off following a rough intervention outside the penalty area, and Brazilian Neymar was the victim of this expulsion by leaving a substitute for Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Saint-Germain was early to score, specifically in the second minute of the match, after Argentine Leandro Paredes hit a ball from a distance and Mbappe headed it into the net.
Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont has excelled on more than one occasion, denying PSG the lead against several opportunities for mbappe, neymar and messi.
with the minutes to go, Nantes opened the game at the start of the second half and became more effective offensively in pursuit of a tie.
the match caught fire in the 64th minute, with Navas being dismissed with a red card following an unsuccessful exit against Ludovic place’ solo.
Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino was then forced to break the attacking trio by introducing goalkeeper Rico in place of Neymar before the Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum entered in place of Italian Marco Verratti.
Nantes took advantage of the numerical shortage of the homeowners, and Mwane equalized with his heel in the 76th minute.
Despite Nantes’ pressure, Messi had another opinion, turning the score over his team in just a few minutes.
with a pass from the argentine, Nantes’ defense was confused and his player Appiah accidentally shook his team’s net while trying to block the interchange (82).
afterward, Messi dribbled the ball for a long distance and shot from the edge of the penalty area with his usual left-foot in the right corner of goalkeeper Lafont, contributing to his first goal of the season in the league in the three points of Saint-Germain.
Messi has already scored three goals for the French capital in the champions league competition, including a double against Leipzig and a goal against Manchester City on Wednesday in the group stage.