The hero of this day was not called Lionel Messi, Neymar or Kylian Mbappe. It was Paris Saint-Germain substitute striker Mauro Icardi who won the stoppage time as PSG remained perfect to start their League season with a 2-1 victory over Lyon. It was the first time that the ‘MNM’ trio – Messi-Neymar-Mbappe – had started a game together in front of their fans, but it did not go as planned.
After a hectic and balanced first half, in which Messi hit the woodwork with a free kick, Lyon took the lead thanks to Brazilian national team Lucas Paqueta and PSG appeared in serious trouble. The home team needed a questionable penalty to equalize. Neymar got the kick with what looked like a dip into the box and he stepped in to take it himself and tied 1-1.
The game seemed destined to end 1-1 until Mbappe made a cross into Lyon’s area deep in stoppage time and connected with Icardi, who came on in the 82nd minute. Icardi met the cross in stride and guided the ball with his forehead inside the far post as Parc des Princes went into celebration.
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PSG vs Lyon final score
LYO – Paqueta (Toko-Ekambi) – 54th min.
PSG – Neymar (penalty) – 66th min.
PSG – Icardi (Mbappé) – 93rd
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Final: PSG 2, Lyon 1
93rd minute. : Mauro Icardi scores for PSG! A header deep in stoppage time after a superb cross from Kylian Mbappe. PSG are on the verge of winning.
90th min. : Four minutes of downtime.
89th minute. : Cherki gets a free kick in the attacking half (and a yellow for Nuno Mendes). He takes it himself and the ball falls to him for a left-handed curler who finishes high. Great chance for Lyon to take the three points.
86th minute. : SUBS – Lyon is trying to milk the clock. Lucas Paqueta limps and Habib Keita takes his place. Georginio Wijnaldum runs on the pitch instead of Ander Herrera.
82nd minute. : SUB – PSG brings Mauro Icardi in place of Angel Di Maria.
81st minute. : Neymar goes back down to the box on a challenge from Gusto. This time, no call from the referee, although it seemed to be more of a penalty than the first.
79th minute. : SUB – Lyon’s turn to change. Cherki, 18, replaces Shaqiri. Meanwhile, Lyon goalkeeper Lopes gets a yellow for delay in the match.
76th minute. : SUB – PSG manager Pochettino replaces Messi and brings in Achraf Hakimi. Messi was not happy about it. Hakimi plays on the right wing and Angel Di Maria occupies a more central position.
74th minute. : If the knee bothered Messi, he wasn’t showing it. He fires an explosion with his left foot that goes wide to the right. Always 1-1. Meanwhile, Achraf Hakimi receives instructions from the technical staff on the bench.
72nd minute. : Lionel Messi appears to have issues with his left knee. He folds it like there’s a problem. But he’s still in the game for now.
69th minute. : PSG’s Marquinhos almost manages to cross in Lyon’s area, but new Lyon substitute Diomande touches the ball to knock it down. PSG close to the goal of the green light.
66th minute. : PSG goal! Neymar with relaxed momentum and finish. No power behind that one. Neymar made it go the other way.
65th minute: SUBS – Lyon made a sub before the penalty. Diomande comes to replace Boateng. And Aouar replaces Toko-Ekambi.
63rd minute. : Penalty for PSG! It’s a dip in Nemyar’s box on Gusto’s challenge, but it doesn’t look like there would be enough for VAR to knock over.
57th minute. : Is the despair already starting? Angel Di Maria with a hopeful cross in the box but no teammate was even close and he goes out.
54th minute. : Lyon goal! Toko-Ekambi crosses a perfect ball and finds Paqueta crashing to the surface. Messi & Co. are in trouble.
51st minute. : Lyon’s Paqueta drops Neymar for another dangerous free kick. Messi is already on it, but it’s Neymar who takes it and the ball goes high.
46th minute. : The second half is underway. Lyon kick off, no replacement for the two teams.
Half-time: PSG 0, Lyon 0
Half time: MNM does not intimidate Lyon. The first Ligue 1 start of PSG’s Messi-Neymar-Mbappe attack is supposed to scare opposing teams, but Club Brugge drew a midweek draw and now Lyon are facing the Parisian superstars. PSG has its look, but Lyon too. The visitors weren’t afraid to attack in numbers, led by Toko-Ekambi and Shaqiri, who were occasionally joined by Paqueta. Lyon goalkeeper Lopes had to make a big save on Messi, then it was work to stop Messi on another instance. All of this made for an entertaining first half for the neutrals and the second half should be just as convincing with the tension and urgency sure to pick up a few notches.
45th min. : Lyon finished the first half strong. A corner kick in stoppage time is directed by Paqueta on goal, but it’s a slow roll that Donnarumma handles easily.
37th minute: Messi hits the woodwork! Neymar gets a free kick in central position. After receiving treatment, Messi takes the attempt and hits the right corner of the frame.
32nd minute. : Neymar feeds Messi and his shot intended for the far post is deflected by Lopes for a corner. Nothing comes out of it. It was Messi’s best look on the first try.
27th minute. : Gigi Donnarumma takes a beating in this first half. On a Lyon free kick in the box, Jérôme Boateng hits him and he needs treatment.
25 min. : After a frantic start, the match settled down a bit. Both teams waste no time when they step on the ball. The wingers are the most dangerous players on both sides: Di Maria for PSG and Toko-Ekambi and Shaqiri for Lyon.
18th minute. : What a Shaqiri play! He buckles a left-footed shot from the right side which Gigi Donnarumma has to parry. Shaqiri sees a lot of the ball on the right side and is not recovered by PSG left-back Nuno Mendes. Lyon is not at all intimidated.
17th minute. : Fantastic combination with a pass to the heel from Mbappe finding Messi who does not hesitate to shoot on goal and Lyon goalkeeper Lopes saves. PSG play very direct. No excessive thinking occurs.
11th minute. : Shaqiri makes a run down the right flank and wins a corner for his side. This leads to two more corners, but PSG manages to do it.
8th minute: First good luck for PSG. Messi, Neymar and Herrera all touch the ball and feed Di Maria, whose shot is stopped by the keeper. Electric start of this game.
7th minute. : Game stoppage after Angel Di Maria passes over the ball and fouls Lyon midfielder Caqueret. The referee delivers the yellow to Di Maria.
5th minute: PSG at the break and Kylian Mbappe touches the ground in the box, but there is no illegal contact there. PSG gets a corner but nothing comes of it.
4th minute: Lyon is business. The visitors take another shot from Toko-Ekambi’s Another shot and it’s an easy stop for Donnarumma.
3rd minute: An early chance for Lyon and a shot ends high, but Slimani challenged PSG goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma and stepped on the goalkeeper’s arm and he needs a moment before resuming play.
1st minute: Were out.
2:54 p.m .: Video Messi’s first warm-up on the Parc des Princes pitch.
2:29 p.m .: And here is Lionel Messi during the PSG warm-up:
2:24 p.m .: Lyon goes out for warm-ups and listening to the local crowd:
Starting line-ups of PSG against Lyon
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino chooses to go back Achraf Hakimi and central midfielder Georginio wijnaldum on the bench as he continues his quest to find the best balance for this team. With the team’s four best attacking players on the pitch, Pochettino needs the rest of the squad to focus on defending a dangerous Lyon side.
PSG starting eleven (4-2-3-1, from left to right): 50-Donnarumma-GK – 25-Nuno Mendes, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Kehrer – 21-Ander Herrera, 27-Gueye – 10-Neymar, 30-Lionel Messi, 11-Angel Di Maria – 7- Kylian Mbappé
PSG submarines (9): Navas, Hakimi, Diallo, Paredes, Rafinha, Danilo, Wijnaldum, Draxler, Icardi
Lyon coach Peter Bosz is lining up in a similar 4-2-3-1 formation with Shaqiri taking the start on the talented Houssem Aouar. In total, 10 of the 11 players in the starting lineup also made their debut against Glasgow Rangers on Thursday.
Starting eleven from Lyon (4-2-3-1, from left to right): Lopes-GK – Emerson, Denayer, Boateng, Gusto – Bruno Guimaraes, Caqueret – Toko-Ekambi, Paqueta, Shaqiri – Slimani
Lyon substitutes (9): Pollersbeck-GK, Henrique, D. Da Silva, Diomande, Lukeba, Keita, Aouar, Cherki, Barcola
How to watch PSG against Lyon
- Dated: Sunday September 19
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- TV channel: be in sports
- Television in Spanish: beIN Sports in Spanish
- Direct: fuboTV
The match will be broadcast by beIN Sports, available on fuboTV (7-day free trial for new users).