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Messi scores in 1st recreation after World Cup as PSG wins

PARIS (AP) — Lionel Messi scored in his first recreation since main Argentina to the World Cup title as French league chief Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-0 on Wednesday.

Almost 4 weeks after the ultimate towards France in Qatar, Messi wanted solely 5 minutes to make an affect. He turned neatly close to the penalty space and threaded a go to proper again Nordi Mukiele, whose cross was turned in by 20-year-old ahead Hugo Ekitiké.

Messi then began the transfer that led to his 72nd-minute aim, with Ekitiké and Mukiele combining shortly to place him by means of earlier than he side-footed house. His eighth league aim this season was initially disallowed for offside however then awarded following a video evaluation.

It was in any other case a poor efficiency general from PSG towards a workforce in final place, however the Parisian membership moved six factors clear on the prime after second-place Lens drew 2-2 at Nineteenth-place Strasbourg.

Messi was given a heat ovation by the group at Parc des Princes, who chanted his title when he applauded them again.

He scored twice towards France in a wild 3-3 draw on Dec. 18 and transformed his penalty within the shootout. Messi and PSG teammate Kylian Mbappé, who scored a hat trick within the ultimate, are front-runners to win the following males’s Ballon d’Or award.

With Mbappé rested, Messi began in assault with Neymar and Ekitiké. However PSG was asleep for stretches of the sport and Angers had two good probabilities earlier than Messi’s aim.

PSG’s gamers warmed up carrying T-shirts with Pele’s face on. The Brazilian nice who received a document three World Cups, died in late December on the age of 82.

In Strasbourg, ahead Alexis Claude-Maurice gave Lens an Eleventh-minute lead however 5 minutes later Strasbourg led after targets from midfielder Sanjin Prcic and veteran striker Kevin Gameiro. Belgian ahead Loïs Openda equalized for Lens.

Elsewhere, third-place Marseille moved inside two factors of Lens after successful 2-0 at Troyes.

Central defender Chancel Mbemba put Marseille forward within the tenth after France midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi headed on a cross. Guendouzi’s France teammate Jordan Veretout made it 2-0 simply after the break from Cengiz Ünder’s go.

Fourth-place Rennes fell 5 factors behind Marseille after shedding 2-1 at Clermont, which received due to a aim 5 minutes into stoppage time from midfielder Johan Gastien. Rennes had two gamers despatched off late on.

Rennes is stage on factors with fifth-place Monaco, which wanted a stoppage-time equalizer from prime scorer Wissam Ben Yedder to attract 2-2 at sixth-place Lorient. Nigeria striker Terem Moffi grabbed his Eleventh aim for Lorient, shifting him stage with PSG’s Neymar and two behind scoring chief Mbappé.

OTHER MATCHES

Lyon coach Laurent Blanc described Nantes supervisor Antoine Kombouaré as “greater than an in depth buddy” earlier than the sport. Their groups drew 0-0, as did Brest and seventh-placed Lille.

Toulouse had 5 totally different scores in a 5-0 win at barely Auxerre.

Reims received 1-0 at Ajaccio to make it 10 league video games unbeaten and Good routed Montpellier 6-1.

Midfielder Képhren Thuram — the son of former France defender Lilian Thuram — dribbled previous a number of gamers earlier than establishing winger Nicolas Pépé within the fifteenth. Thuram doubled Good’s lead within the thirty fourth with a robust shot.

Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey arrange a second aim for Pépé — who’s on mortgage from Arsenal — within the 56th. Striker Andy Delort added one other for Good earlier than midfielder Téji Savanier pulled one again for the guests with a effective free kick.

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley then scored twice inside two minutes to make it 6-1.

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