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PSG player ratings as Lionel Messi scores stoppage-time free-kick winner

The French superstar scored twice before the Argentine wizard netted a stoppage-time free-kick to seal a 4-3 victory

After three successive defeats in all competitions, Paris Saint-Germain got back to winning ways in dramatic fashion on Sunday, coming from behind late on to seal a 4-3 win over Lille.

PSG actually opened the scoring through Kylian Mbappe, who evaded two Lille defenders and finished to complete a sublime solo effort. Neymar made it two shortly after, bursting into the box to meet Vitinha’s layoff.

Lille, though, pulled one back from through a Bafode Diakite header, and Jonathan David then equalised from the spot after Neymar had been stretchered off with an ankle injury.

The away side then took a 3-2 lead through Jonathan Bamba, but a late double from first Mbappe and then a free-kick from Lionel Messi in stoppage time saw PSG move nine points clear at the top of Ligue 1 – and perhaps save manager Christophe Galtier’s job.

GOAL rates PSG’s players from Parc des Princes…

Goalkeeper & Defence

Gianluigi Donnarumma (6/10):

A mixed bag. Made some excellent saves, but shouldn’t have been beaten at his near post for Lille’s third.

Timothee Pembele (5/10):

An uneasy stand-in for Achraf Hakimi. Had the fewest touches of any PSG player.

Sergio Ramos (7/10):

Has gone from the forgotten man to the best central defender PSG have at the moment.

Presnel Kimpembe (6/10):

Uneasy start to the game with a poor header that almost gave up a goal, but improved as it went on.

Nuno Mendes (5/10):

Did little before being removed with a foot injury after 30 minutes.


Vitinha (6/10):

Never outworked, but not exactly full of quality. Provided a neat assist for Neymar.

Marco Verratti (6/10):

Lots of defensive work, some attacking thrust, but conceded a soft penalty. Just about a welcome return from suspension in the end.

Fabian Ruiz (5/10):

Expertly completed a disappearing act.


Lionel Messi (7/10):

Anonymous, then scored a stunning free-kick to win it. Baffling.

Neymar (6/10):

Scored PSG’s second but subbed off with what looked like a very painful ankle injury early in the second half.

Kylian Mbappe (9/10):

Scored an absolutely superb goal to put PSG 1-0 up and added another to kick-off the late comeback. Reminded PSG exactly how badly they need him in the side.

Subs & Manager

Juan Bernat (7/10):

Assisted Mbappe’s second, put in a solid shift.

Hugo Ekitike (6/10):

Replaced Neymar, struggled to get involved.

Danilo Pereira (6/10):

A late entrant, probably should have started.

Carlos Soler (6/10):

Didn’t make much of an impact

Warren Zaire-Emery (6/10):

One very nice run highlighted a solid cameo.

Christophe Galtier (6/10):

Was on the hot seat until Mbappe and Messi potentially saved his job. He will take the win, but the performances are beyond worrying.