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Champions League: Messi, Mbappe score braces as PSG stroll to win over Brugge; Man City lose to Leipzig

Messi added his own double, the first a curler from outside the area and the second a penalty, and has now scored against a record-extending 38 different teams in the Champions League.

AP Reported by: AP Paris Updated on: December 08, 2021 13:31 IST
PSG's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal against Club Brugge during the Ch
Image Source : AP PHOTO/CHRISTOPHE ENA

PSG's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal against Club Brugge during the Champions League Group A match at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Tuesday night.

Highlights

  • Mbappe scores twice inside first 7 mins; becomes youngest player to reach 30 goals in UCL
  • In Germany, Man City were sloppy; conceding goals to Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva
  • Right back Kyle Walker was sent off later for a rash tackle from behind on Silva

Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe had some fun in PSG's group closer against Belgian champions Club Brugge. It was a stroll for second-place PSG in a 4-1 win over Club Brugge, with Mbappe scoring twice inside the first seven minutes and -- at 22 years and 352 days -- becoming the youngest player to reach 30 goals in the competition.

Messi added his own double, the first a curler from outside the area and the second a penalty, and has now scored against a record-extending 38 different teams in the Champions League.

It was anything but fun for Manchester City. City manager Pep Guardiola selected a strong lineup for the 2-1 loss at Leipzig despite his team being guaranteed as the Group A winner and in the middle of a busy domestic schedule.

City were sloppy at the back in conceding goals to Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva before having right back Kyle Walker sent off for a rash tackle from behind on Silva, meaning the team will be missing a key defender for the first leg of the last 16. Riyad Mahrez scored City's goal in a match played without fans because of coronavirus restrictions.

Leipzig finished third to stay in European competition.

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