Paris Saint-Germain didn’t play particularly well against Maccabi Haifa today. Paris relied on the individual ability of the frontcourt superstar to win. This is the first time the three have scored together in the Champions League after the Paris Trident consisting of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi was formed last season. Messi is the best player in this battle. So far, Galtier’s tactical transformation is working well.
In the 37th minute of the game, after handing the ball to Mbappe, Messi sprinted quickly and vertically. Mbappe held the ball on the left side of the penalty area. Messi originally sprinted forward at a high speed, but suddenly braked and threw the defender away. After Mbappe’s cross was blocked by the defender, he just came to Messi, who easily pushed and scored from close range to equalize the score. The sudden stop and brake after a high-speed sprint is the subtlety of Messi’s ball.
In the 69th minute, Messi made a direct pass from the middle, and Mbappe single-handedly pushed the goal from the far corner from the left side of the penalty area to overtake the score. In the 88th minute, Verratti made a long pass from the midfield, and Neymar scored a low shot from the middle of the penalty area. Paris sealed the victory.
In addition, this goal also allowed Messi to create two historical records in the Champions League. He became the first player to score goals in 18 consecutive seasons , surpassing Ronaldo. Messi has scored against 19 countries in the Champions League . Maccabi Haifa is the 39th team to be scored by Messi, which is also the first in history. In second place is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has broken through the doors of 38 teams in the Champions League .
In the previous 5 games, although Messi sent many assists, he never scored. The goal this time ended a five -game scoring drought.