Ligue 1 HIGHLIGHTS Reims 0-2 PSG: Messi makes his PSG debut; Mbappe brace wins the game for PSG

Reims vs PSG Highlights: Mauricio Pochettino's Paris Saint-Germain defeated Reims 2-0 in its Ligue 1 clash and climbed on top of the table.

Kylian Mbappe (left), the goal scorer, talks to his coach, Mauricio Pochettino during the first half.   -  REUTERS

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MATCH REPORT: Messi makes Ligue 1 debut as Mbappe shines for PSG

Kylian Mbappe scored another goal in the 63rd minute to secure a win for PSG but it was Lionel Messi's debut that is the main talking point of the match as the six-time Ballon D'Or winner started a new chapter in his footballing career with the Parisian club.

Speculation intensifies about Kylian Mbappe's future at the club. With two days remaining till the window closes, only time will tell whether the Frenchman will remain in Paris for the season or leave for Real Madrid.

Stay tuned for the match report!!!

FULL TIME (REIMS O-2 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)!!!

90+5' SHOT- Van Bergen with a stinging shot at PSG's goal but Navas saves it as the ball is cleared to safety.

90+4' Gravilon had a chance to get a shot away but Kimpembe with a well-timed tackle to clear the ball to safety.

90+2' There is a cheer every time Messi gets a touch, especially around Reims' penalty-area. PSG forwards are crowding the Reims box as the home team is desperate to not concede a third.

SIX ADDITIONAL MINUTES!!!

90' SHOT- Draxler gives a pass to Mbappe, who cuts in and takes a shot but it is blocked.

87' FOUL- A reckless challenge by Paredes by Munetsi.

BOOKING- Paredes sees yellow for that challenge.

86' Abdelhamid showing his acrobatic skills to take the ball away from PSG defenders and get a shot away but the shot is weak. If that went in, it would have surely been a Puskas award contender.

84' BOOKING- Ekitike sees yellow for his foul on Mbappe.

83' Marquinhos maintains composure at the back for a one-two with Hakimi, which sent the latter on a run with a lot of space ahead him. However his ball into the box was intercepted.

81' SUB- Julian Draxler replaces Angel Di Maria for PSG

El Bilal Toure replaced by Hugo Ekitike for Reims.

80' CHANCE- Di Maria's loose pass intercepted by Van Bergen who after a great run, squares the ball to Toure but the weight of the pass is too heavy as Navas gathers the ball and clashes with Toure in the process.

78' Messi and Mbappe combine- The Argentine runs at the Reims defence and gets a pass away to Mbappe on the right. Mbappe tries to give it back to Messi but his cross is blocked.

75' SUBS- Leandro Paredes and Presnel Kimpembe replaces Marco Verratti and Abdou Diallo for PSG. For Reims, Alexis Flips replaces Ilan Kebbal.

74' A short corner taken by Reims... Loco attempts a cross but skies the ball.

73' SHOT- Kebbal takes a shot at Navas but it deflects off a PSG player for a corner.

71' SUB- Dion Lopy is replaced by Mitchell Van Bergen.

71' Messi fouled as he attempts to dribble his way through the Reims defence from midfield. Different club, same player.

68' Good pressure by PSG inside the Reims half. Messi operating from quite deep. Mbappe can surely expect some delicious balls from the middle of the park from the Argentine.

64' SUBS- LIONEL MESSI HAS ENTERED FRENCH FOOTBALL!! He replaces Neymar.

Ander Herrera also on for Gini Wijnaldum. Easy to miss that one ladies and gentlemen. The whole arena cheering for Messi.

63' GOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! PSG DOUBLES ITS LEAD!! MBAPPE GETS A BRACE!! Achraf Hakimi was sent clear by Gueye's pass. With acres of green ahead of him, he put in a wonderful low ball for Mbappe, who made no mistake in tapping it.

62' One can't blame Reims for the lack of trying. Garcia's side spending more time in PSG's box than in the first half.

60' FOUL- Mbappe with a great turn to leave Faes behind but the Reims defender stopped the Frenchman with a tug at his arm. PSG freekick.

Neymar tries to deliver a cross in search of a PSG head but its cleared by the Reims defence.

58' LIONEL MESSI WARMING UP!! WILL HE MAKE HIS DEBUT?? PSG fans and Reims fans both cheering as the Argentine warms up. What a sight.

55' BOOKING- PSG's Diallo sees a yellow card.

53' GOAL RULED OUT!!!! MUNETSI WAS OFFISIDE!!! Tough luck there for Reims. Munetsi scored of a rebound made by a Keylor Navas save from Toure's header. VAR saw that Munetsi was in a offside position when Toure headed the ball at Navas.

52' Wait there is a VAR check going on. Munetsi seemed to be in a offiside position when Toure headed the ball which Navas saved.

51' GOOOOAAALLLLLL!!!! REIMS EQUALISE!!!

48' Neymar ventures inside the box as he dances away from the Reims' backline but its Lopy who stops the Brazilian in his tracks.

46' SUB- Reims' Bradley Loco replaces Moreto Cassama

46' A Mbappe stat for you at the start of the second half

 

SECOND-HALF BEGINS!!

PSG has posed majority of the attacking threat in the first half but Reims has had its chances as well, with it coming closest as Cassama's shot hit the crossbar.

Mbappe's goal keeps PSG ahead at the break but Reims' defence has done a decent job of restricting PSG to just one goal.

Stay tuned!! Live action awaits in the second half!!

HALF-TIME!! (REIMS 0-1 PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN)

45+1' The half ends with a Di Maria corner, which is cleared away by Reims without much fuss.

ONE ADDITIONAL MINUTE!!

44' BOOKING- Marco Verratti sees yellow for his late challenge on Kebbal. The Italian looks a bit amazed to have been shown a yellow for his challenge.

41' OFF THE POST- The closest Reims has come to scoring. PSG leaving a lot of space behind their defence with their highline. Reims breaks and it ends with Cassama's lobbed effort at Navas' goal. It hits the crossbar before going out of play.

40' CHANCE- Reims with a great buildup- Kebbal whips in a great ball from the right in search of a Reims shirt. Navas anticipates the situation well and collects it. All it needed was a touch by a Reims player.

38' Even when Reims takes the ball and come out its defence, the lack of an outlet is visible to pose an attacking threat.

36' Wijnaldum passes to an overlapping Hakimi on the right flank, with the latter looking to put in a cross but Abdelhamid had other ideas as the Reims skipper makes a great challenge to deny the cross.

34' PSG keeping the ball to itself and building up patiently, waiting to find that one ball that would open the Reims defence.

32' Free-kick to PSG- Neymar and Di Maria standing over it.

Di Maria hits the wall. Play is stopped as Gravilon is on the ground having blocked Di Maria's shot with his head.

30' Hakimi proving to be a constant danger from the right flank with his overlapping runs and pinging in balls inside the box. Reims' defence visibly uncomfortable with PSG's attacking threat.

28' Neymar with a great run as he twisted and cut inside with the intention of curling the ball into the far-post but Lopy with a great challenge to deny Neymar from shooting.

25' CHANCE- Mbappe showing his blistering pace as he raced past Reims skipper Abdelhamid and Faes but his touch ended up being a tad bit heavy as Rajkovic ventured out of his line and gathered the ball.

23' Di Maria proving to be a big threat with his pin-point crosses into the box.

His cross reaches Hakimi who put in a great ball himself. Marquinhos met it but his header sails above the bar.

21' It is all PSG at the moment as the away team is choking Reims with pressure in and around its penalty-area. The home team cannot get out of its penalty-area at the moment.

19' BLOCK- Wijnaldium shoots at goal after another great buildup by PSG again. His shot is blocked by Munetsi.

16' GOOOAALLLLLL!!!! PSG SCORES!!! ITS MBAPPE!!!  Kylian Mbappe has scored his second headed goal of his PSG career. A patient buildup by PSG finished with Di Maria whipping in a wonderful cross from the right. Mbappe made no mistake tucking the ball past Rajkovic.

12' SHOT- A great pass from Kebbal from outside the penalty-area to Toure who had made a good run. Toure's shot, however, isn't on target.

11' PSG finding its rhythm slowly- its forward line combined well and the move ended with Di Maria crossing to Neymar but Reims' defence copes.

10'- Mbappe with his first glimpse of goal as he turns turns well from a Di Maria pass. He is not too far away as his shot hits the side-netting.

10' We haven't seen much of Neymar in these opening minutes.

8' CHANCE- Reims' Gravilon with a wonderful long ball to El Bilal Toure, who made a great run and found Navas off his line. His lobbed effort is nowhere near goal.

If Toure scored if wouldn't have mattered because he was offside when Gravilon played the ball to him.

6' PSG enjoying a prolonged stretch of possession inside its opponent's half for the first time in the match. It hasn't posed any significant danger to Reims yet.

4' Sloppy play from Marquinhos as his pass is intercepted; PSG's forward line was on the run there but the attack is broken down and Reims regains possession.

2' Reims with a lively start forcing PSG into mistakes with its pressing. Its Kebbal with a cross this time but its cleared by Marquinhos.

1' Nervy start from PSG as Diallo makes a poor backpass to Navas. No danger as Navas cleared before a Reims player could reach the ball.

1' KICK-OFF'

12:30- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!!

12:00 am- 15 minutes to kick-off!!!

 

11:45 pm- STAT ATTACK time!!!

  • PSG has scored four goals in its last three matches against Reims in Ligue 1
  • Reims has not won any of its last 11 league games (D7 L4), the longest current winless run in top-flight football and its longest one since going 15 games between October 2012 and February 2013.
  • Reims has lost 62% of its Ligue 1 games against PSG in the 21st Century (8/13) with three wins ans two draws

11:30 pm- LINEUPS OUT!! (Lionel Messi to start from the bench)

PSG XI: Navas (Gk); Diallo, Marquinhos, Kehrer, Hakimi; Verratti, Gueye, Wijnaldum; Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria

Subs: P Kimpembe, N Maksimovic, D Pereira, A Herrera, J Draxler, A Muinga, L Messi, E Ebimbe, G Donnarumma (GK)

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino

Reims XI: Rajkovic (GK); Gravilon, Faes, Abdelhamid (C); Foket, Munetsi, Moreto Cassama, Lopy; Kebbal, Mbuku; Toure

Subs: M van Bergen, N Ghislain Konan, A Flips, F Doucouré, V Berisha, Y Diouf, H Ekitike, M Cafaro, B Locko

Coach: O.Garcia

11:20 pm- Will Messi start?

 

Lionel Messi to make debut?

Lionel Messi is set to make his debut for Paris Saint-Germain later Sunday after being included in the squad for the game at Reims.

PSG delayed naming its squad from Saturday afternoon until 11 a.m. Sunday morning. The record six-time Ballon d’Or winner and four-time Champions League victor could play his first game in the modest surroundings of Reims.

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The 34-year-old Argentine, who led his nation to the Copa America title last month, joined PSG three weeks ago after his new contract with Barcelona fell through.

Striker Kylian Mbappe was also named in the squad as Real Madrid tries to sign him before the end of the summer transfer window.

Where to watch?

The Ligue 1 clash between Reims and PSG will be telecasted on Colors TV. The live streaming of the match between will be available on the Voot Select app and the website and on JioTV. (For Indian viewers only)