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PSG fans give Messi elephantine ovation; Galtier’s Good routs Lille

Lionel Messi stood and smiled, taking a quiz transfixed as Paris Saint-Germain fans chanted the soccer spacious’s name — “Leo Messi, Leo Messi” — sooner than Saturday’s French league game against Strasbourg.

PSG’s latest signing joined four other recruits as they had been presented sooner than some 49,000 fans at Parc des Princes sooner than kickoff.


Messi modified into once no longer within the accurate squad for the game. He best doubtless currently returned from an prolonged vacation after helping Argentina elevate the Copa The US. Even supposing he has started practising with PSG, Messi will not be any longer yet match match.

In a scene which few could own predicted even currently, previous Actual Madrid captain Sergio Ramos applauded Messi — his everlasting Barcelona nemesis and the all-time document scorer in “Clasicos” between Barcelona and Madrid — as he joined him on the rostrum.

Italy’s Euro 2020 well-known individual goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum, and former Inter Milan upright attend Achraf Hakimi had been all given loud ovations.

Nonetheless nothing in contrast with the elephantine one reserved for Messi, a four-time Champions League and six-time Golden Ball winner.

He joined PSG on a two-year deal this week after his recent take care of Barcelona sensationally collapsed and left him in tears as PSG hurried.

Earlier Saturday, coach Christophe Galtier returned to Lille and punished his outmoded club as Good won 4-0.

Striker Kasper Dolberg and midfielder Hichem Boudaoui scored inner the most well-known four minutes, with provocative forward Amine Gouiri all for both.

Lille clawed attend from 3-1 all of the formula down to contrivance 3-3 closing weekend, nevertheless there modified into once no comeback this time as Gouiri made it 3-0 from the penalty save quickly after the damage and Dolberg headed in his second midway via the second half.

Final season, Galtier’s ideal instructing helped Lille elevate the title against the percentages.

Nonetheless Lille modified into once no longer serious about letting him recede twelve months sooner than the pause of his contract, and Good needed to pay 4 million euros ($4.7 million) in compensation. This created annoying family members between Galtier and Lille president Olivier Letang.


It would possibly per chance per chance perhaps well must were a entertaining secure out about for Galtier because the league trophy he won, and the latest Champions Trophy, had been presented to the home fans.

They had been rapidly in despondent mood as Good went 2-0 up.

Taking half in his first match since scoring three targets for Denmark at Euro 2020, Dolberg chanced on the fetch within the most well-known minute from shut differ.

Miserable defending from Zeki Celik burdened out from Dolberg resulted in Gouri setting up Boudaoui and he smacked a firm shot previous Lille’s recent goalkeeper Leo Jardim — who has conceded seven in two video games since changing Mike Maignan.

Marseille hosts Bordeaux within the pick of Sunday’s video games.

Monaco lost 1-0 at Lorient on Friday and has best doubtless one point from its opening two video games, having done third closing season.

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