Star-studded Paris Saint-Germain was held to a surprising 1-1 draw by Club Brugge. This match happened on Wednesday night in Group A in Flanders.
Lionel Messi has made his first start for PSG. Also, he was lining up alongside former Barcelona teammate Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the XI for the first time. It is the first match where we all have watched deadly trio since joining the Catalan giants in the summer.
Although PSG has a long list of high-profile arrivals in Paris, it was Ander Herrera that opened the scoring. He has scored in the 15th minute for the visiting side. He has reached behind him to lash home a left-footed shot after Mbappe picked him out in the middle of the penalty area.
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Suddenly Mbappe has generated his pace and using his pace he has created the chance.
“We didn’t play a fantastic game, but to be fair we did enough to win, we deserved to win,” said Herrera.
“Maybe they had opportunities at the beginning of the second half but I think we controlled the match, we had a lot of chances.”
Brugge hit back before the half-hour when Hans Vanaken powered a first-time shot past Keylor Navas from Eduard Sobol’s inch-perfect cross into the center of the box to put the match back on level terms.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side found themselves under pressure from the Belgian champions after the leveler. Also, they managed to get into the dressing room for half-time in a 1-1 draw.
Club Brugge was the better side in terms of first-half gameplay.
Mbappe, who went to the ground in the first half and came off briefly. After that, he limped off the pitch early in the second half. After an awkward tangle with a pair of Brugge defenders and was replaced by Mauro Icardi.
Both sides pushed for a go-ahead goal as the second half wore on. Then, Messi had a great chance saved by Simon Mignolet around 70 minutes before the Argentine was shown yellow for a challenge on Brugge’s Mats Rits.
“I didn’t have a lot of work, I just pulled a couple of saves. We played as a compact side, it was the right approach,” the Belgian said.
No winner came for either club and the teams settled for a point apiece to trail Manchester City. Man City has thrashed RB Leipzig on Wednesday, in the same group.
After the match, Pochettino urged patience with PSG’s new attacking trio: “It requires time for them to shine together.
“It requires work. I had made it clear that we’re not a team yet, we have to work for this.”