Bruges 1-1 PSG: All-star front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe fail to shine as top scorer Ander Herrera sweeps home fourth of the season before Hans Vanaken nets deserved equaliser for hosts
- Lionel Messi struggled to make an impact on his first start for French giants
- Ander Herrera swept home 15th minute opener from a cross by Kylian Mbappe
- Former Man United midfielder now PSG’s top scorer this season with four goals
- Hans Vanaken scored a deserved equaliser for the home side before the break
Lionel Messi failed to provide Paris St Germain with any sparkle as the Ligue 1 team’s potent attacking trio lacked inspiration in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Bruges in their Champions League opener on Wednesday.
Making his first start for the French team, the Argentine forward hit the woodwork but was otherwise far from his brilliant best alongside the hugely disappointing Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who set up Ander Herrera for PSG’s first-half opener before being replaced injured after the break.
Ander Herrera celebrates with Lionel Messi after scoring the opening goal in the 15th minute
Midfielder Herrera swept home the opener for the visitors from a cross by Kylian Mbappe
Brugge, who levelled before half-time through Hans Vanaken, were more aggressive and had the best chances against a PSG side lacking quality and defensive focus.
The result left PSG and Brugge trailing Group A leaders Manchester City by two points after the Premier League champions crushed RB Leipzig 6-3.
Hans Vanaken scored a deserved equaliser for the home side before the break
Forward Kylian Mbappe was forced off in the 50th minute after suffering a foot injury
Lionel Messi struggled to make an impact on his first Paris St-Germain start