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Lionel Messi continues without scoring a goal in Ligue 1

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Lionel Messi continues without scoring a goal in Ligue 1 – Sports
Messi does not start at PSG

The football present of the best player in the world in France does not seem to be the best so far, and it is that the Argentine still does not make his debut in the list of scorers of the French League to which he arrived last summer.

Paris Saint-Germain, who are the current leaders of Ligue 1, managed to overcome in the last minutes the match against Lille, managing to win 2 goals to 1, in the corresponding match on date 12 of the league this Friday.

Alarms at PSG

However, the alarms of the French team have been activated, and it is that Lionel Messi had to be changed during the break due to physical discomfort, a change that has been made as a precautionary measure. The former FC Barcelona player would have come to this meeting with muscle pain.

Despite Messi's muscle aches, the Argentine started in attack to replace Kylian Mbappé, who was on sick leave. During the first 45 minutes the Argentine star could not guide his team and Lille went ahead at minute 31 with a goal from Jonathan David.

PSG reaction

Lionel Messi continues without scoring a goal in Ligue 1 – Sports
Di María scores the winning goal

Paris Saint-Germain would go out for the second half without Messi, but despite this, a clearer team could be seen in their vision of the game and that is how they managed to give it back on time. At minute 74 would come the tying goal by Brazilian Marquinhos who took advantage of a cross from Ángel Di María.

While Di María himself would be in charge of scoring the winning goal at minute 88 after receiving a pass from Brazilian Neymar Jr. to seal the final 2-1.

The Argentine became the hero of the commitment and the best player in the Parque de los Príncipes, achieving an assist and a goal, so this time the protagonist was another Argentine different from Lionel Messi who still does not start in the French League, something that he has achieved in the Champions League.

During the first 45 minutes Messi had several chances of goals, at 30 and 45 minutes of play, but again without luck at the goal. Since his arrival at PSG last August, he has not been able to score his first goal in League 1.

So far with the PSG shirt he has only managed to score three goals, all of them in the group stage of the Champions League. While he had only been substituted in a single game this season at minute 76 of the match against Lyon where they won 2-1 on September 19, after having suffered a severe blow to the knee.

Possible doubts about his participation against Lille

Lionel Messi continues without scoring a goal in Ligue 1 – Sports
Neymar fundamental in the comeback of PSG

Messi was a doubt against Lille almost until the last minute, PSG's number 30 was not 100% for this commitment due to a muscular discomfort, the same one that did not allow him to be present in the collective training on Thursday. However, the absence of Mbappé made his presence on the field necessary.

That is how he was finally able to start, but without success again, this time he had to be replaced during him between time for said muscular problems. The PSG coach has said he was replaced as a precaution by the opinion of the medical body.

Despite this, PSG technical director Mauricio Pochettino said during the press conference that Lionel Messi will be available for Wednesday's game against Leipzig for the Champions League.

On the other hand, Neymar did manage to have a much more positive night and the Brazilian's performance in recent games has been generating many doubts and criticism, but this time he has played a fundamental role in his team's comeback against Lille, showing his dribbling and pressure.

At the end of 90 minutes, the name of Neymar Jr. was chanted by all the fans of the stadium, who recognized his great effort and his decisive assistance for Di María's goal.

"Criticism is normal in sports. I have been playing soccer for fifteen years, they are indifferent to me. I do what I can for my team on the pitch", were the player's statements at the time of ending the engagement.