Paris: Lionel Messi’s superb first goal for Paris Saint-Germain punished former coach Pep Guardiola’s team as PSG beat Manchester City 2-0 in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).
Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off a remarkable 2-1 win away to Real Madrid, snatching a shock victory thanks to a sensational 89th-minute strike from Sebastien Thill, while Liverpool thumped Porto 5-1.
In Paris, Messi charged toward the penalty area in the 74th minute and received a clever flick from Kylian Mbappe before curling a fine strike into the top right corner.
It was his first goal in four games since a shock summer move from Barcelona, and the kind of goal he scored for fun playing under Guardiola there. The pair won the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner scoring in both finals.