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Lionel Messi and a dream night for all Parisians

PSG beat Saint Etienne 3-1 with three assists from Lionel Messi, in what was their best match since arriving at Paris Saint Germain. A new giant awakens as happened in Barcelona?

Lionel Messi against Saint Etienne
Lionel Messi against Saint Etienne

Lionel Messi is different, it is known. And he is capable of not having a great game, but he has the ability to be decisive: Leo gave three assists in the victory of Paris Saint Germain, who started losing to Saint-Etienne but turned it around thanks to the header double from Marquinhos and aware of Angel Di María.

It is so true that Mauricio Pochettino's team is leading alone and comfortable in Ligue 1 as it suffered a lot from the victory despite playing against ten throughout the second half (due to the expulsion of Kolodziejczak, who could have been yellow). But it is worth noting that he achieved a good comeback as a visitor after starting losing by that goal from Bouanga.

Right after the red, everything was simplified for Paris. Messi, with that glove on his foot, took the free kick and Marquinhos, with a header, scored the equalizer that allowed PSG to go into halftime with an encouraging horizon. The minutes ticked by and PSG couldn't get ahead, although it created a lot of danger.

And when they need it, Leo always appears: Angelito marked the pass, on the 30th he served it and Di María made it 2-1 with the calm of a team that suffered in their area despite playing with one more. And already at the end, came the hat-trick of assists of the Argentine star, with a repeated formula of the first goal: center of the Flea and head of Marquinhos to sentence a comfortable victory.

Lionel Messi: Why was his best game at PSG?

Lionel Messi did not stand out for his dribbles. Even, he practically did not dribble. His was directing the baton. Organized the game, attracted brands and downloaded. The dangerous situations mainly had Neymar and Mbappé as protagonists, but neither could beat the young goalkeeper Green, responsible for not being a bigger win.

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Alexis Almosnino

Digital Sports Journalist received at the university Tea & Deportea in 2016. Specialized in graphic media.+ info

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