RB Leipzig demonstrated their ability on the counter attack, but the hosts were the first to take advantage, going into the lead within ten minutes. Julian Draxler found Kylian Mbappé on the break, and the Frenchman delivered an absolute piledriver of a finish to leave Peter Gulácsi rooted to the spot. A finish of high quality gave the 22-year-old his first Champions League goal of the season.
Though they drew first blood, PSG struggled to defend the wide areas, and André Silva was evading the attention of their centre backs on a regular basis, hitting the post after 27 minutes before scoring the equaliser a minute later. Yet another quick transition caught ‘Les Parisiens’ out with Angeliño in acres of space on the left, and the Spaniard’s pinpoint low cross gave Silva a tap-in to score a maiden European goal for his new club.
Jesse Marsch’s side continued to exploit the wings and took the lead ten minutes after the restart. Angeliño was the provider once more, delivering another superb cross to fellow wing-back Nordi Mukiele, who finished beyond Keylor Navas to give ‘Die Roten Bullen’ a deserved lead. The hosts responded quickly with a change of system to level the scoreline. Achraf Hakimi forced a turnover high up the pitch, setting Mbappé away to square to Messi, who finished at the second attempt after his first effort was tipped onto the post.
Draxler and Mbappé continued to terrorise the Leipzig defence on the counter, with the latter winning a penalty after being hauled down by Mohamed Simakan. Messi stepped up and finished in spectacular style, chipping down the centre of the goal to ensure PSG’s extension of a great record, which sees them with just one loss in their last 29 Champions League home games.