Messi scored a fantastic goal in winning Nice!


Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to net the winner for PSG as they beat Nice 2-1 on Saturday evening. 

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Mbappe had been left  on the bench – as speculation mounts on the current rift between the French star and team-mate Neymar

– but came to the French champions rescue as a second half sub. 

PSG took the lead on the half hour mark through a wonder free- kick from Lionel Messi. However, Nice,

who boasted both Aaron Ramsey and Ross Barkley in the starting line-up,

hit back through Gaeten Laborde right after half time,

before Mbappe’s 83rd minute winner. 

Mbappe came off the bench on the hour mark and struck the winner

with seven minutes left after Nice attempted and failed to play the ball out of defence.

Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to score the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) defeated Nice 2-1

on Saturday to reclaim top spot in Ligue 1.

French international Mbappe was left out of the starting line-up

by coach Christophe Galtier with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash at Benfica.

Mbappe was replaced by 20-year-old Hugo Ekitike,

who was making his first start for PSG.


it was fellow superstar Lionel Messi who grabbed the early attention when he gave PSG a 29th-minute lead with a sumptuous,

curling free-kick which sailed over the Nice wall and past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

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Gaetan Laborde levelled for Nice,

which was coached by Galtier until this season,

in the 47th minute after PSG got into a terrible defensive tangle.

Mbappe was summoned from the bench on the hour mark and struck the winner

with seven minutes left after Nice attempted and failed to play the ball out of defence.

The goal was Mbappe’s eighth of the league season

and took him level with teammate Neymar at the top of the scoring charts.

The 23-year-old France international came on in the 59th minute as Nice

were beginning to dominate the game at the Parc des Princes.

He latched on to Nordi Mukiele’s pass and stroked the ball under the Nice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

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For the 15 minutes before his strike,

So Lucien Favre’s team held the ascendance. Driven forward by the tricksy Sofiane Diop and anchored by the veteran Dante,

they were more muscular in the challenges. And more menacing in possession.

Their renaissance was all the more noteworthy for their refusal

to buckle after yet another moment of genius from the left foot of Lionel Messi.

In the 28th minute,

the 35-year-old Argentine went on one of his trademark darts towards goal.

In addition Neymar and Messi stood over the ball for the free-kick. Neymar ran past it and Messi scooped it over the wall and past a flummoxed Schmeichel.


It was ample reward for PSG’s enterprise against the obdurate Nice back line.

Seven minutes later Nice probably feared the worst when 20-year old Hugo Ekitike was felled just outside the box.

The dynamic duo lined up again over the ball. This time Messi ran past and Neymar scooped the ball over the wall. But also over Schmeichel’s crossbar.

Messi flashed a shot over the bar soon after as Ekitike started to make his leggy presence felt.

Just after the restart,

So Nice levelled. Youcef Atal crossed from the left and Gaetan Laborde slammed past the PSG goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma.

Emboldened, Nice began to sense a famous victory.

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And PSG boss Christophe Galtier –

facing his old club for the first time since quitting to take over at the Parc des Princes – put down the rebellion by sending on Mbappé 

for Etitike and Nuno Mendes for Juan Bernat.

Additionally. Nice responded with the withdrawal of Aaron Ramsey and Ross Barkley for Kephren Thuram-Ulien and Nicolas Pepe.

But it was Mbappé who made the difference.

On Saturday afternoon, 

Rennes moved up to fifth following a 3-1 victory at Strasbourg.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men after 28 minutes following Gerzino Nyamsi’s crude hack on Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Basically. Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga scored for the visitors 10 minutes later.

He set up his side’s second for Martin Terrier juster

after the restart and Amine Gouiri made it three on the hour mark.

Habibou Mouhamadou Diallo reduced the deficit 18 minutes from time.

Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to give Paris St Germain a 2-1 home

win against Nice as the French champions reclaimed top spot in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Mbappe netted seven minutes from time to put PSG on 25 points from nine games,

two ahead of Olympique de Marseille,

who beat Angers 3-0 away on Friday.

Third-placed Lorient host Lille and fourth-placed RC Lens take on Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday.


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