Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi found their rhythm as they guided Paris Saint-Germain to a 3-2 comeback victory over RB Leipzig in a Champions League thriller at home on Tuesday

Mbappe was the first to score, and Messi owed his second-half double to France forward after the Ligue 1 side had gone down 2-1 after goals by Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele both sides of the half.

Despite missing a stoppage-time penalty, Mbappe set up Messi for the equaliser and won the penalty, which the Argentine converted with an ice-cold chip after a disappointing effort from the club’s new signing.

PSG now leads Group A with seven points after three games, one point ahead of Manchester City, who thrashed Club Brugge 5-1 on the road earlier on Tuesday. Leipzig doesn’t have points.

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who had to contend with the absences of injured Neymar and suspended Angel Di Maria, stated, “They pressed extremely hard and targeted Marco Verratti.”

“It was a really difficult game, but the squad once again showed their spirit.”

Jesse Marsch, Leipzig’s coach, added: “Although there is a significant difference between us and PSG, the fact that we came close to making it speaks a lot. We must have faith in this youthful group.”

PSG often seemed out of sorts before Mbappe and Messi linked up like two old teammates.

Jesse Marsch’s team pressed strongly from the start, and PSG’s Keylor Navas had already made three saves within eight minutes.

PSG threatened on the break and scored the scoring after nine minutes, but it was a double-edged sword for the visitors.

Mbappe dummied his marker before hitting a low shot past Peter Gulacsi for his first Champions League goal of the season after Julian Draxler flicked a Marquinhos long pass into his path.

Leipzig refused to give up, and Silva’s volley hit the left-hand post in the 27th minute. A minute later Silva turned Angelino’s cross in at the far post to give the German side a deserved equaliser.

PSG started the second half well, with Messi finding space between the lines, but it was Leipzig who took the lead in the 57th as Mukiele latched onto another Angelino cross at the far post.

After 67 minutes, a Tyler Adams back pass was intercepted by Mbappe, who ran into the area and passed Messi, who touched the ball into the empty net after Gulacsi parried his effort into the inside of the post.

In the previous round of fixtures, Mbappe had put up Messi for PSG’s second goal in a 2-0 victory over Manchester City.

Mbappe was taken down by Mohamed Simakan seven minutes later, and Messi scored the resultant penalty with exquisite precision before pointing to his strike partner, who has now set up three PSG goals.

PSG were awarded another penalty four minutes into added time after a VAR review for a Josko Gvardiol foul on Achraf Hakimi but Mbappe skied it over the bar, although that did not tarnish a sublime overall performance from the 22-year-old.

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