The third matchday of Group A pits Paris Saint-Germain against RB Leipzig at the Parc des Princes stadium on Wednesday morning (20/10/2021). The visitors had a surprising appearance with a 1-2 advantage when Mbappe (12′) scored two goals back through Andre Silva (28′) and Nordi Mukiele (57′).
However, PSG managed to comeback through a brace scored by Lionel Messi 25 minutes before the game ended. With this result, PSG topped Group A, while RB Leipzig are at the bottom of the standings without picking up a single point. Here are five facts that characterize this match.
1. Kylian Mbappe’s impressive record
Despite scoring one goal, Kylian Mbappe was chosen as man of the match in this match. This can not be separated from his involvement in the two goals scored by Lionel Messi. He provided one assist and became the actor in the birth of the third goal when he was dropped in the penalty box.
According to Opta’s report , Mbappe has been involved in 40 goals since joining PSG in the 2017/2018 season with 22 goals and 18 assists. He only lost to Robert Lewandowski who was involved in 43 goals for Bayern Munich.
2. Bad in Ligue 1, Messi shines in the Champions League
The arrival of Lionel Messi at PSG has been an extraordinary highlight this season. He has been criticized for not having scored a single goal in Ligue 1. However, Messi has been sharp in the Champions League. The Argentine striker has collected 3 goals from 3 matches in the group phase.
This number of goals makes him PSG’s top scorer in the Champions League, ahead of Kylian Mbapppe and Neymar, who have only scored one goal each.
3. PSG dominate Group A
This match became a crucial victory for PSG in the group phase. Now they have collected seven points and are top of Group A. However, their position is not safe because the opportunity to qualify for the next phase is still wide open for the top team. In the other match, Manchester City won 5-0 over Club Brugge.
With this result, City trailed in second place with a difference of one point. Meanwhile, Club Brugge are in third place with four points. With a squad full of stars, PSG are seeded in the UCL this season. However, their performance is considered unconvincing.
4. Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi point to each other as penalty takers
In this match there was an interesting moment involving Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi. In the 73rd minute, Mbappe was brought down by Mohamed Sisian in the penalty box and the referee pointed to the spot. Mbappe then pointed to Lionel Messi, signaling for the Argentine to take the penalty.
Messi also managed to complete his task beautifully through a harvest kick as well as giving victory to PSG. Towards the end of the match, PSG was awarded a penalty again. Interestingly, it was Lionel Messi’s turn to tell Mbappe to be the executor. Unfortunately, Mbappe’s kick failed to produce a goal and the score lasted 3-2 until the end of the match.
5. PSG have been waiting for Marseille in domestic matches
PSG can’t relax after this win. Three days later, they have been awaited by tough opponents, Marseille, in the 11th week of Ligue 1. Currently, PSG are still at the top of the standings with 27 points, far ahead of second place with a difference of 9 points. Meanwhile, Marseille is in third place with 17 points.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig will face promoted club Furth in the 9th week of the Bundesliga. This season, they started the season slowly. Currently, RB Leipzig are in 8th place, with a difference of eight points from Bayern Munich at the top of the standings.
Those are some interesting facts that colored the match between PSG and RB Leipzig. This victory does not provide a guarantee for PSG to qualify for the next phase. There are still three games left. Various possibilities are still very possible. In fact, the most surprising thing.