Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Messi REFUSES to shake Pochettino’s hand after being substituted as Icardi nets late winner

LIONEL MESSI was subbed off on his home debut and not best pleased about it.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner looked baffled as fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino hauled him off with 15 minutes left.

And he then refused to shake his manager’s hand as he walked off the pitch.

But the former Spurs boss’ changes paid dividends as Mauro Icardi came off the bench to head home a stoppage time winner.

Lyon took the lead just after half time when Brazil international Lucas Paqueta popped up after a brilliant counter-attack.

But Neymar then won and scored a penalty to level for the Parisians before Icardi – and Pochettino – had the final word.

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  • PSG XI: Donnarumma, Kehrer, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes, Ander Herrera, Gueye, Di Maria, Neymar, Messi; Mbappe.
  • Lyon XI: Lopes; Gusto, Boateng, Denayer, Emerson; Caqueret, Bruno Guimaraes; Shaqiri, Paqueta, Toko Ekambi; Slimani.
  • PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPP!!!!!

    FULL-TIME: PSG 2-1 LYON

    PSG have won it right at the death.

  • PSG 2-1 LYON

    90+3 – Surely too late for Lyon to find an equaliser now and it’ll be another three points for PSG. Six wins in six and it’s the substitute who makes the difference.

  • GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!

    PSG 2-1 LYON

    MAURO ICARDI FINDS THE BACK OF THE NEXT! HE HEADS IT BACK ACROSS GOAL AFTER A SUBLIME CROSS FROM KYLIAN MBAPPE AND PSG HAVE THE LEAD RIGHT AT THE DEATH.

    HEARTBREAK FOR LYON.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    90 – Four minutes added on.

    Lyon are on the front foot at the minute with Cherki the player causing PSG the most problems.

    The 18-year-old local lad has been brave in possession and the PSG defence have had more to deal with since his introduction than in the previous fifteen minutes.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    88 – Cherki finds himself with the ball on the edge of the PSG box and has a go, narrowly sending it over.

    He’s been bright since he’s come on, combining well with Aouar in midfield, who has kept the ball superbly for the away side.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    87 – CLOSE! PSG win a corner and Neymar receives a good reception from the fans as he comes over to take it.

    His delivery is good and the ball pings around in the area and after few blocked shots from PSG players, Lyon are able to get it away.

    Young Rayan Cherki breaks away to counter for Lyon and is brought down by Mendes, who is booked for the foul.

  • PSG SUBSTITUTION:

    Another good night for Herrera who has ran the midfield superbly for PSG. He’s been all over the pitch and contributed to his side’s best moments in both defence and attack.

    OFF: Ander Herrera.

    ON: Gini Wijnaldum.

  • LYON SUBSTITUTION:

    That’s the end of Lucas Paqueta’s night, whose goal gave Lyon the lead. The Brazilian has been excellent tonight as the main creative spark for Lyon.

    OFF: Lucas Paqueta.

    ON: Habib Keita.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    84 – Paqueta has gone down in the PSG half but the home side refuse to put the ball out of play.

    It’s a bit harsh, but you can understand why. The fans are starting to put pressure on PSG to find a winner and Paqueta looks like he probably just has a tight hamstring.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    83 – Neymar makes a lovely run into the box but runs STRAIGHT into Thilo Kehrer. It was like something from Laurel and Hardy as the two teammates collided in the opposition box.

    Neymar stays down and looks frustrated with his teammates as he was just starting to hit his stride.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    82 – YELLOW CARD! Anthony Lopes was booked a couple of minutes ago for time-wasting when taking a goal kick.

    The away side are still taking the game to PSG, but Neymar is starting to cause them real problems on the left wing and Peter Bosz knows that a point would be a decent result.

  • PSG SUBSTITUTION:

    Pochettino sends on another striker in search of a winner with just under ten minutes to go.

    OFF: Angel Di Maria.

    ON: Mauro Icardi.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    80 – Gusto almost gives away another penalty with Neymar twisting and turning in the area but the ref says no this time.

    This one is probably more of a penalty than the first one…

  • LYON SUBSTITUTION:

    Shaqiri comes off to be replaced by a very talented 18-year-old attacker from the Lyon academy called Rayan Cherki.

    OFF: Xherdan Shaqiri.

    ON: Rayan Cherki.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    77 – Di Maria drifts a free-kick into the box after Gusto fouls Mbappe deep into the Lyon half.

    It’s slightly above everyone’s heads and Herrera tries to unleash a shot but it’s well wide.

  • PSG SUBSTITUTION:

    MESSI IS OFF AFTER 75 MINUTES.

    ON: Achraf Hakimi.

    OFF: Lionel Messi.

    Credit: AFP
  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    73 – Messi has a shot from outside the box but drags it well wide, not troubling Anthony Lopes.

    He looks annoyed with himself and will surely be desperate to be the hero and score the winner for his new club in front of the home fans.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    72 – It is quite astonishing that Neymar took the penalty on Messi’s home debut at the Parc de Princes.

    In fairness, he did win the penalty, but the Argentine is yet to get off the mark for his new side and to get his first goal would have likely been a big relief.

    Still just under 20 minutes for someone to score a winner…

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    70 – A lovely passage of play from Lyon as Aouar gets on the ball and looks to create in attacking areas.

    Bruno Guimaraes unleashes a powerful shot from distance but it goes over. Not a bad effort at all though.

    He’s now on the ground receiving treatment after a coming together with Neymar just before the shot.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    67 – CLOSE! Neymar goes over to the PSG fans to rally them and demands more noise as he prepares to take a corner.

    He takes it quickly and almost finds Marquinhos in the six yard box but the substitute Diomande does superbly to get a little flick on it to take it away from the Brazilian.

  • PSG 1-1 LYON

    66 – Neymar is fouled by Lucas Paqueta and goes absolutely berserk at the referee, claiming it’s the fifth time he has been fouled.

    PSG captain Marquinhos also piles in at the ref to complain and is given a yellow card for his trouble.

    Crucial few minutes coming up now for both sides…

  • GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!!

    PSG 1-1 LYON

    Neymar cooly slots home the penalty, sending Lopes the wrong way.

    Paqueta had told Lopes to dive to his right, which he did, but Neymar went the other way.

    PSG are level!

  • LYON SUBSTITUTIONS

    ON: Sinaly Diomande, Houssem Aouar.

    OFF: Jerome Boateng, Karl Toko-Ekambi.

  • PSG 0-1 LYON

    62 – PENALTY! Neymar was turning Gusto inside out in the Lyon penalty area and they both go down and the ref points to the spot.

    It looks like Gusto was actually pulled down by Neymar, who had hold of his shirt, but the referee stick to his original decision.

    Doesn’t look like the right call and is a bit harsh on the young full-back, who has been excellent so far.

  • PSG 0-1 LYON

    61 – Just under half an hour to go and Lyon are still looking to get forward and attack PSG.

    If the away side sit back too much and let PSG come at them, you wouldn’t bet against Messi and co finding a break through.

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