Messi Scores As PSG Fight Back To Beat Toulouse
A fine Lionel Messi strike earned Paris St-Germain a comeback win over Toulouse and moved them eight points clear in Ligue 1.
Mid-table Toulouse took a surprise lead in Paris, Branco van den Boomen scoring a free-kick after 20 minutes. Achraf Hakimi drew PSG level before half-time, and after the break Messi curled home expertly from 25 yards. The win moves PSG on to 54 points from 22 games, eight ahead of second-placed Marseille.
PSG were missing Kylian Mbappe and Neymar because of injuries, and surprisingly fell behind to a set-piece by Dutch midfielder Van den Boomen. Hakimi made it 1-1 with a curling effort, before Messi took centre stage just before the hour mark with a left-footed bending first-time strike low into the corner of the net.
It was Messi’s 10th Ligue 1 goal of the season and his 15th overall. Marseille, second in Ligue 1, play Nice on Sunday and then host the PSG in the Coupe de France last 16 next week.
Mbappe will miss that game and the Champions League last-16 first leg against Bayern Munich on 14 February after being ruled out for three weeks with a thigh injury suffered in the 3-1 win at Montpellier last Wednesday.