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Club Brugge 1-1 Paris St-Germain: Lionel Messi was silent at the first start

Lionel Messi celebrates with Ander Herrera following the midfielder’s opening goal

Lionel Messi’s main job at Paris St-Germain will be to deliver an elusive Champions League, but despite all the fanfare surrounding the Argentine star’s first start, it was a frustrating evening when the club started their European Championship with a draw at Club Bruges.

Messi hit the bar but struggled to make a serious impression on his full debut. Instead, it was Ander Herrera who scored the opening goal after a great job on Kylian Mbappe’s left.

Hans Vanaken scored the equalizer before the break and rocked the 29,000-seat Jan Breydel Stadium.

Messi was suspended for a foul in the second half and Mbappe was substituted on in the 51st minute as PSG struggled to beat the energetic hosts who might feel they could have won the game by themselves.

PSG struggled with the hosts’ aggressive pressing all along and needed goalkeeper Keylor Navas to tip Charles de Ketelaere’s well-struck attempt over the bar to keep his balance.

Messi started finding more space as the Belgian side tired of late, but the 34-year-old was unable to break up the Bruges defense so coach Mauricio Pochettino had to think about how to make the most of his all-star -Three-of-a-kind.

“We need time for them to develop an understanding,” said Pochettino. “That was clear and we have been saying that in the last few days. We still have to put a team together.”

PSG’s blockbuster cast is struggling to shine

Neymar, Mbappe and MessiNeymar, Mbappe and Messi started a game together for the first time

This was Messi’s 150th entry into the competition and for a player so synonymous with Barcelona it felt surreal to wear PSG’s white away shirt for the first time in Europe.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner arrives in Paris to complete an elaborately crafted line of strikers with Neymar and Mbappe that will bring the French capital the much-anticipated European success.

Things started off smoothly when Mbappe Herrera offered for his first Champions League goal – despite it being his fourth goal of the season in all competitions for PSG – before the blockbuster line-up was split when the French striker had to be replaced early in the second half .

PSG fans have so far had to watch their new number 30 from afar, with Messi’s only previous appearance since signing for the club as a Ligue 1 replacement at Reims.

Coincidentally, Messi was wearing 30 when Frank Rijkaard presented him with his Champions League debut for Barcelona in December 2004 as a scruffy 17-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk.

Seventeen glitzy years later – and while legs may not be as fresh – the tiny 34-year-old has the same clarity of thought and allure that led Ronaldinho – once a PSG star himself – to admit Messi his heir at Camp Nou. to explain .

The ‘little flea’ have since amassed four European titles, 10 La Ligas and most recently a Copa America to accompany their individual accolades, but that didn’t make life easier for Messi and PSG in Group A’s first game against Bruges.

Messi came to life for the first time on the edge of the Bruges penalty area in 22 minutes, bouncing off into space and shoving a pass at Mbappe, who saw his shot fly away with an effort against the crossbar.

But those moments of usual magic came on either side of a deserved compensation for the hosts when captain Vanaken was late to steer Eduard Sobol’s flank.

No player has scored more Champions League goals for a club than Messi’s 120 for Barcelona and with 20 minutes left he was close to opening his account for Paris St-Germain when he tested goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with a left-footed shot.

Messi received a false tackle warning and he and Neymar, who last won the Champions League together in 2015, were treated well by the Belgian champions’ defense, with Scotland defender Jack Hendry showing a particularly impressive performance.

The final whistle was met by the roar of the home crowd, who continued to cheer as the Oasis tracks smacked over the stadium’s tannoy on a memorable night for the club.

Player of the game

HendryJack Hendry

Club Bruges

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  9. Cadre number77PlayernameClinton Mata

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  12. Cadre number11PlayernameMaouassa

Paris St. Germain

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  14. Cadre numberfifteenPlayernameDanilo Pereira

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Club Bruges

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Referee: Sandro Schärer

Participation: 27,546

Live text

  1. End of the game, Club Bruges 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  2. The second half ends, Club Brugge 1, Paris Saint Germain 1.

  3. Substitution, Club Bruges. Maouassa casserole replaces Kamal Sowah.

  4. Attempt failed. Noa Lang (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the center of the box misses to the right after a quick counterattack.

  5. Corner, Paris Saint-Germain. Admitted by Clinton Mata.

  6. Offside, Club Bruges. Mats Rits tries a through ball, but Noa Lang is caught offside.

  7. Corner, Club Bruges. Admitted by Presnel Kimpembe.

  8. Offside, Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

  9. Offside, Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

  10. Foul by Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain).

  11. Stanley N’Soki (Club Brugge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Attempt failed. Mauro Icardi (Paris Saint-Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Supported by Nuno Mendes with a cross.

  13. Attempt failed. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) left footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the left. Supported by Nuno Mendes.

  14. Offside, Paris Saint-Germain. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Mauro Icardi is caught offside.

  15. Éder Balanta (Club Brugge) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Foul by Éder Balanta (Club Brugge).

  18. Substitution, Paris Saint-Germain. Nuno Mendes replaces Abdou Diallo.

  19. Attempt failed. Noa Lang (Club Brugge) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Supported by Charles De Ketelaere.

  20. Yellow card for a bad foul. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain) is shown the yellow card.

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