World Cup-winner Lionel Messi guides PSG to win in Ligue 1 in 1st game after Qatar success
Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Mexico at Lusail Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi helped Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) get their campaign back on the winning track in Ligue 1 in his first game since winning the World Cup, scoring in PSG’s 2-0 victory over Angers on Wednesday (11).
Messi was making his first appearance since Argentina’s World Cup final victory in Qatar on December 18, but Hugo Ekitike stole the show at Parc des Princes. PSG took the lead quickly, cruising through Angers with relative ease just five minutes in.
The 35-year-old Argentinian evaded two defenders before feeding Mukiele, who dashed down the right and sent a teasing ball to the near post, where Hugo Ekitike swept home.
The 20-year-old Hugo Ekitike scored after only five minutes. It appeared that Ekitike’s goal would be the deciding factor until Messi produced a classy finish with 18 minutes remaining.
Messi was a constant contributor for the rest of the half, creating a golden opportunity for Sergio Ramos before seeing a shot of his own tipped around the post.
However, the table-toppers struggled to establish an attacking rhythm in the first half, settling for a 1-0 lead at the break.
Angers gave a good performance in the second half, creating a few chances. Abdallah Sima had the best shot, burying it from five yards out.
But, just as they seemed to be settling into the game, Messi’s delicate finish changed everything, adding a touch of class to a sloppy but significant victory.