Lionel Messi watched from the stands as Paris Saint-Germain scrambled to beat Strasbourg 4-2 in Ligue 1 on Saturday to continue their victorious start to the season.
Not yet in great shape, Messi, as well as Neymar and his new signings Gianluigi Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos, were not part of the match squad but saw his new club quickly take the lead thanks to Mauro Icardi at the Parc of the Princes.
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Kylian Mbappe then doubled PSG’s advantage in the 25th minute after his shot was deflected at home, before the French international’s cross was returned by Julian Draxler two minutes later to put the hosts 3-0 .
However, goals from Kevin Gameiro and Ludovic Ajorque in the second half got the visitors back into the game with PSG looking uncomfortable in possession.
Alexander Djiku’s sacking for two bookable infractions saw PSG clinch nine minutes from time, with substitute Pablo Sarabia tapping at the far post in the 86th minute to secure the team’s unconvincing victory scored by Mauricio Pochettino.
The win put PSG at the top of the table with two out of two wins, while last season’s champions Lille were surprisingly beaten 4-0 at home by Nice earlier on Saturday.