News Live Scores
Lionel Messi

'I expected to score' - Messi happy to get long-awaited first Ligue 1 goal

20:05 IST 20/11/2021
LIONEL MESSI PSG 20112021
The Argentine scored for the first time in the French top-flight at the sixth time of asking as his side stretched their unbeaten run to five games

Lionel Messi says he was happy to get his first Ligue 1 goal for Paris Saint-Germain as they beat Nantes 3-1 on Saturday.

The Argentina star took on a pass from Kylian Mbappe on the edge of the box and sent it into the net in the 87th minute as PSG's unbeaten run in the league stretched to five games.

Messi, 34, now has four goals to his name for the French giants, having in struck four times in the Champions League since his move from Barcelona.

What has been said?

But the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was delighted to get off the mark domestically, having drawn a blank in his previous five matches in Ligue 1.

“I'm happy. We had a lot of chances, but their goalkeeper made some good saves. But we weren't afraid and we ended up winning," Messi said to Amazon Prime.

"I am happy to score this first goal, at the Parc des Princes, in front of the fans.

"Even though I had already scored in the Champions League, I expected to score in the league."

What did Pochettino say?

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino was pleased to see his compatriot among the goals, but expected his side to win by a bigger margin despite seeing goalkeeper Keylor Navas sent off midway through the second half.

"Yes, it was very important. We should have scored a lot more goals. But these kinds of matches are always open and when it is like that everything can happen," the coach said.

"The team showed their character once again [after Navas was sent off] and that was great. Time is important to bond between players and start to feel comfortable on the pitch."

Pochettino added that he is unsure if Sergio Ramos will be available to play against Manchester City in the Champions League next week.

"I don't know. His evolution is very important. One thing to be at the training, and quite another to be competitive," he said.

"He's in a good mood. But, please, don't overinterpret too much. We must not push too hard with him. It has to be done little by little."

Further reading