HAIFA, Israel (AP) – Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé set up an assist and Neymar added a late goal, adding luster to a disappointing performance as Paris Saint-Germain beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the Champions League. Wednesday.
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“I hope all three of us keep scoring goals because it means we will win games.”Messi’s exquisitely weighted pass then sent Mbappe left in the 69th, and he sliced the ball into the bottom right corner for his third goal in two group games. Neymar snagged a lobed pass from Marco Verratti from midfield in the 88th minute, controlling the ball on his right thigh and drilling it to end a Champions League losing streak dating back to December 2020. PSG leads Group H by six points along with Benfica, who beat Juventus 2-1 in the other game. But this was a disjointed performance from PSG against a silky Chery-inspired Maccabi team.
“We have to work hard and improve our game quickly,” Mbappe told Canal Plus. In the number 10 shirt but much less famous than Neymar, PSG’s number 10, Chery almost made it 2-0 just before half-time. In a brilliant improvisation that Neymar would have been proud of, Chery juggled the ball three times before hitting a shot from 25 yards that PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma slipped under. Donnarumma then made a narrow save before the home side struck first. When PSG lost the ball carelessly again in midfield (39 times in the first 30 minutes),
Maccabi quickly moved to the right. Dolev Haziza completed a cross that Chery expertly volleyed left-footed from close range past the stranded Donnarumma. As in previous seasons, PSG’s team spirit was lacking and none of the stars responded until Mbappe charged down the left flank and sliced a deflected pass inside for Messi to lead on the scoreboard. 37. But Maccabi broke through PSG’s weak midfield shortly after the break and had two half-chances. Neymar seemed to lose patience with his teammates and chatted for a long time with Verratti and Marquinhos, but PSG’s attack made the difference once again.