Messi is outrageous! Argentine scores beauty & then delivers gorgeous assist for Neymar goal to inspire PSG past Troyes
- PSG went behind in third and 52nd minutes
- Recovered quickly both times
- Messi catalyst for wild win
WHAT HAPPENED? On two separate occasions, it looked as though PSG's unbeaten record in the league was at risk but any worries from supporters were soon extinguished. Carlos Soler cancelled out Mama Balde's opener before a brilliant strike from Lionel Messi had the same effect on the Guinean's second goal after half-time. There was a late scare as Ante Palaversa pulled one back for the visitors but Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's earlier goals were enough to see the French champions over the line in a 4-3 win.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: The victory restored PSG's five-point lead over Lens at the top of Ligue 1. In their opening 13 games of the season, they have dropped points just twice which is hardly surprising given the gulf in quality between Christophe Galtier's side and the rest of the teams in the French top flight.
ALL EYES ON: Messi, who else? He continues to show that he is one of the world's very best players, despite being omitted from the Ballon d'Or shortlist. In 17 games in all competitions this season, he has already scored 12 goals and added 13 assists.
Another week, another Messi worldie! 🔥
He's something else right now 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TX4K2owLnJ— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 29, 2022
LIONEL MESSI!!! 🐐 WHAT A GOAL FROM THE ARGENTINIAN! 🔥⚽— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 29, 2022
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Lionel Messi with the QB pass 🤌 pic.twitter.com/iDdnmDcuL0— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 29, 2022
NEYMAR TURNS THE TABLE FOR PSG 🇧🇷🎩⭐— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 29, 2022
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MATCH IN THREE PHOTOS:
Messi isn't the only one in good form.
Neymar's back to his best this season 🤩 pic.twitter.com/Sa993tPmdO— GOAL (@goal) October 29, 2022
And, of course, it wouldn't be a majestic Messi performance without a comment from Gary Lineker
Another outrageously brilliant goal and assist for Messi. The 🐐 doing 🐐y stuff.— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) October 29, 2022
WHAT NEXT FOR PSG? While they are already safely through the Champions League knockouts, they must beat Juventus on Wednesday to confirm top spot in Group H.