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Messi’s first goal of the year with PSG

Update : 07 Feb 2022, 13:50

Seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi scored his second goal in Ligue 1 as Paris Saint-Germain routed French champions LOSC Lille 5-1 on Sunday at Stade Pierre-Mauroy. It was Messi's first goal since November 2021 in France's top tier.  

With the result, PSG increases its 13-point lead over Marseille, its closest challenger in the title race. Messi, who received rest in the double qualifying round, was reunited with the nets.

PSG’s victory extends their lead at the top of Ligue 1 back to 13 points after Marseille’s win earlier this weekend. The Parisians are unstoppable this season. Lille stay 11th. They’re only six points from fourth and a Europa League place, but they’ve fallen so far from last season.

Paris Saint-Germain took on reigning Ligue 1 champions Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and earn three points after a 5-1 victory. It was an entertaining match on Sunday as action flowed for both sides at either end of the pitch.

An error from the hosts would see PSG find the back of the net first as goalkeeper Ivo Grbić spilled the ball allowing Danilo Pereira to pounce for 1-0. Over time, Lille pulled themselves back into the game when some acrobatics from Sven Botman beat Gianluigi Donnarumma despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball.

Presnel Kimpembe turned in a way-ward corner kick from Lionel Messi for the lead and the former Barcelona man went on to add a third minutes later.

After the break, the momentum continued in favour of the visitors with Pereira securing a brace and Kylian Mbappé joining in on the action to wrap up a statement win.

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