Lionel Messi's impressive strike helped Paris Saint-Germain secure a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Toulouse on Saturday evening.
Result: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Toulouse
Date: 04 February 2023
Venue: Parc des Princes
PSG wre without both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, as Hugo Ekitike and Carlos Soler joined Lionel Messi in the attack while Danilo Pereira replaced the injured Sergio Ramos.
Another player was headed to the PSG injury list as Renato Sanches was forced off with an injury and replaced by El Chadaille Bitshiabu on 15 minutes.
The opening goal arrived five minutes later as Branco van den Boomen found the back of the net with a lovely free-kick that left Gianluigi Donnarumma with no chance.
It took a while for PSG to get going, but they get their equaliser five minutes before the halftime break courtesy of a wonderful finish from Achraf Hakimi.
PSG completed the turnaround just before the hour mark as Messi got his name on the score-sheet with a powerful first-time strike into the bottom corner.
Toulouse responded with a double change soon after as Thijs Dallinga and Mikkel Desler replaced Ado Onaiwu and Warren Kamanzi for the final 25 minutes of the second half.
PSG managed to carve out a couple more openings as the half went on, with Vitinha seeing a goal-bound strike blocked before Messi fired one just over the crossbar with 14 minutes to play.
Gianluigi Donnarumma ensured PSG walked away with the spoils after producing a superb save in second-half stoppage time that deflected off the crossbar.
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