Messi scores stunning free kick in PSG win

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Lionel Messi scored a stunning escaped footwear and Kylian Mbappe struck a precocious victor disconnected the seat arsenic Paris Saint-Germain bushed Nice 2-1 astatine the Parc des Princes connected Saturday.

Messi's 28th-minute onslaught was his seventh of the play successful each competitions for PSG this season. He's scored 4 goals successful 2 games for Argentina connected the just-completed planetary break.

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But Nice, the erstwhile nine of existent PSG manager Christophe Galtier, answered backmost soon aft half-time done Gaetan Laborde.

Mbappe, though, would person the last word, converting from Nordi Mukiele's cut-back with 7 minutes remaining.

The triumph takes PSG backmost apical of Ligue 1, up of second-placed Marseille by 2 points.

PSG had begun the crippled with Mbappe lone among the substitutes aft his exploits for France successful the UEFA Nations League and up of Wednesday's Champions League clash distant astatine Benfica. Instead, Galtier handed a archetypal commencement up beforehand to 20-year-old summertime signing Hugo Ekitike.

It looked arsenic if PSG would beryllium conscionable good without Mbappe erstwhile Messi took halfway signifier successful the 28th minute. Kasper Schmeichel successful the Nice extremity was unmoved arsenic Messi stepped up and recovered the precise apical country of the extremity with that celebrated near ft from conscionable extracurricular the punishment box.

But Nice had different ideas and capitalized connected immoderate sloppy defending from the hosts to gully level conscionable 2 minutes aft half-time.

Youcef Atal's transverse from the close was allowed to bounce each the mode crossed to Laborde astatine the backmost station who was fixed clip to decorativeness past Gianluigi Donnarumma from adjacent range.

Unsurprisingly, Galtier soon turned to Mbappe disconnected the seat to assistance the hunt for a winner.

Nice continued to clasp their ain but Mbappe would yet marque the difference. Mbappe's 83rd-minute victor was his eighth extremity successful Ligue 1 this season, taking him level with teammate Neymar atop the scoring charts.

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