After a long wait, 19 days after officially signing his contract, Lionel Messi is ready for his official debut with Paris Saint-Germain. The French giant visits the Stade de Reims on matchday 4 of Ligue 1.
Messi was included in the call for the day and his coach, also Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, has already confirmed that the soccer legend will play in the match. He will start on the bench, wearing the No. 30 jersey.
Many fans around the world are eager to see Messi in a new jersey after spending 21 seasons with FC Barcelona in Spain. He became a free agent on June 30 and signed a two-year contract with PSG with the option of a third.
Sporting News will follow the game live with updates, comments and video clips shared below.
PSG vs Stade de Reims live
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PSG – Kylian Mbappé (Angel Di Maria) – 15 min.
PSG – Kylian Mbappé (Achraf Hakimi) – 63 min.
66 min .: And now Messi enters the game. Enter by Neymar to chants of “Messi” from the crowd.
63 min .: GOAL PSG! It’s Mbappé again! Fantastic counterattack from PSG with Hakimi attacking from the right and feeding Mbappé at the far post for an easy tap-in.
62 min .: PSG goalkeeper Navas needs two stabs to stop a Reims shot.
58 min .: Messi is warming up on the bench. We’ll see how long before it appears.
55 min .: Another yellow card for PSG. This time it’s left-back Abdou Diallo with a dangerous foul in midfield and he goes on the book.
51 min .: Goal for Stade de Reims! A cross from the right is headed to door by El Bilal Touré, Keylor Navas can’t hold it and Stade’s Marshall Munetsi hits the rebound. But the VAR crossed this out for offside. Navas and PSG are saved by video review.
❌ Reims drew PSG, but their goal was annulled at the request of VAR for offside ❌
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– beIN SPORTS Spanish (@ESbeINSPORTS) August 29, 2021
46 min .: No Messi to start the second half. But the Stade de Reims bring Bradley Locko and Valon Berisha as halftime substitutes.
Half time: Stade de Reims 0, PSG 1
Halftime: It was a good first part for PSG. Kylian Mbappé, who continues to be the subject of a transfer offer from Real Madrid, once again made a difference for his team. He seemed the most dangerous player on the field for PSG. Outside the goal, it was a toothless display and the Stade de Reims is still in it. All eyes on Mauricio Pochettino and when he will decide to bring Messi.
44 min .: And now PSG midfielder Marco Verratti receives a yellow card for a foul from behind on Kebbal. It is not the way that PSG and Pochettino want to close this half. It is the second game in a row with a yellow card for Verratti, prone to warning:
Verratti cette season: 2 games, 2 yellows.
– PSG COMMUNITY (@psgcommunity_) August 29, 2021
41 min .: The home team with another chance! Moreto Cassama with a shot that cuts the upper left corner of PSG’s goal. PSG are not attacking urgently enough and seem almost content to keep possession. Stade de Reims is showing that it can make them pay.
39 min .: Shot on goal for Stade de Reims! Ilan Kebbal fires a shot from the left corner of the area and Navas dives in and holds. It was a cross that turned into a gunshot. Look at the play Kebbal gave Achraf Hakimi.
38 min .: Rare attack for Stade de Reims and right-back Thomas Foket cannot win the corner and the attack is in vain.
32 min .: Di María’s free kick frustrated by the barrier. It’s been a while since the Stade de Reims has bothered Keylor Navas.
26 min .: This match has now settled on a clear pattern: PSG control the procedures and Stade de Reims are looking to intercept and launch the counter.
20 min .: That goal was Mbappé’s second header goal of the new season. Apparently, he never had one before the start of Ligue 1 2021-2022.
15 min .: Goal PSG! Di María with a fantastic cross on the right and Mbappé headed in on goal. Mbappé, playing today as a center forward, had a great career in the area. Di Maria can do anything with that left foot.
14 min .: Messi with the PSG mask on the bench:
13 min .: Marquinhos with a huge sliding block on a shot in the area of El Bilal Touré, but that attempt was also ruled offside.
10 minutes.: PSG’s first great opportunity at the feet of Kylian Mbappé. He catches the ball, turns in the area and puts the ball in the goal, but it is deflected.
8 min .: Stade de Reims looks dangerous with PSG holding a high line. Ultimately, El Bilal Touré is offside. It is the third offside call against Reims.
1st min .: We are out and it is an offside in the kickoff against PSG. That’s weird.
2:47 pm: And here is Messi’s tunnel exit:
2:46 pm: A look at Messi in the tunnel going out with his team:
2:32 pm: Reims fans are getting a gift:
Messi announces himself and even the Reims fans cheer. #SDRPSG
– Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 29, 2021
1:36 pm: Mauricio Pochettino confirms before the game that Messi will have playing time in the match:
12:46 pm: Messi’s place in the locker? Right next to his best friend Neymar:
Lineups of PSG vs Stade de Reims
Even without Lionel Messi in the starting lineup, PSG’s front row is scary: Neymar , Kylian Mbappé other Angel di Maria . They will also start two of the five new acquisitions in the offseason: right back Achraf hakimi and central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum .
Starting formation (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Keylor Navas – 22-Abdou Diallo, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Thilo Kehrer, 2-Achraf Hakimi – 6-Marco Verratti, 27-Idrissa Gueye, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum – 10-Neymar, 7-Kylian Mbappé, 11- Angel di Maria
Subs available: 50-Gianluigi Donnarumma-GK, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 8-Leandro Paredes, 15-Danilo Pereira, 36-Junior Dina Ebimbe, 23-Julian Draxler, 21-Ander Herrera, 29-Arnaud Kalimuendo, 30-Lionel Messi
Starting formation (3-4-3, from left to right): 1-Predrag Rajkovic-GK – 5-Yunis Abdelhamid, 2-Wout Faes, 6-Andrew Gravillon – 26-Dion Lopy, 23-Moreto Cassama, 15-Marshall Munetsi, 32-Thomas Foket – 11-Nathanael Mbuku, 27-El Bilal Touré, 20-Ilan Kebbal
Subs available: 16-Yehvann Diouf-GK, 3-Ghislain Konan, 13-Fode Doucoure, 28-Bradley Locko, 24-Mathieu Cafaro, 14-Valon Berisha, 12-Alexis Flips, 22-Hugo Ekitike, 19-Mitchell Van Bergen
How to see Messi, PSG
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BeIN Sports, beIN Sports en Español and beIN Sports Xtra are broadcasting on fuboTV (7-day free trial) .