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Messi’s Stoppage time free-kick gave PSG a win against Lille

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The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner curled in a stoppage-time free-kick to rescue a come-from-behind 4-3 win for the French champions

Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier might just have had his job saved. With his side 3-2 down against Lille entering the final couple of minutes having taken a 2-0 lead, the writing was on the wall for a coach who had previously overseen three straight defeats.

Not every coach has players like Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi to call upon, though.

Mbappe stepped up first, prodding home Juan Bernat’s pull-back to level the scores, before Messi curled home a superb low free-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage-time to send the home crowd into raptures.

It had looked pretty routine for PSG early on. Mbappe and Neymar both scored within the first 17 minutes, but Lille stuck around, and Bafode Diakite eventually benefitted, pulling one back after a well-worked corner routine.

PSG endured a miserable start to the second half, as first Neymar badly rolled an already-injured ankle and had to be stretchered off, before Lille equalized from the penalty spot through Jonathan David.

The visitors then took the lead as Jonathan Bamba fired home a fierce shot to cap a fine counter-attack, but they were unable to hold on in the face of two of the game’s true superstars.


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