PSG won 3-2 against Leipzig on Tuesday evening, with a beautiful Panenka from Messi.
Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi blasted past Leipzig on Tuesday night, coming from behind to win 3-2. Messi scored twice and Mbappe had a hand in all three goals with one goal, one assist, and one drawn penalty.
Messi had a shot tipped onto the post and tapped the rebound into an empty net – and then scored a Panenka penalty to win the game.
Mbappe, who had scored his previous 11 penalties for PSG, said he told Messi to take the first penalty. “It’s normal, it’s respect,” the France forward said.
“He’s the best player in the world, it’s a privilege he plays with us, I’ve always said it. There’s a penalty, he takes it, period. For the second, he said, ‘Take it’.”
PSG are now flying high, being top of Group A, one point ahead of Manchester City, while RB Leipzig’s chances are now faint with three matches remaining. The German side, coached by American Jesse Marsch, is at the bottom of Group A after three straight losses.
It was a tough result for Leipzig, who arguably deserved more than a loss and may have felt like they could leave the Parc des Prince in Paris with a victory when they took a 2-1 lead with about a half-hour to go. But Messi scored twice in the span of 10 minutes to boost PSG to victory.
A fourth goal could have gone PSG’s way, as deep in stoppage time the referee awarded another penalty to PSG, but Messi allowed Mbappe to take it and the French forward sent the ball over the bar.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were well below their best with only four shots on target, including three from Messi. “We don’t need to say anything more about the quality of Kylian and Leo,” he said. “In games when you are struggling to find solutions as a team, that is why you need players of their class.”