Mbappé and Messi score in PSG rout in the Champions League
Milan is eliminated from the main club competition in Europe
Published in 07/12/2021 - 20:31 By Reuters - Paris (França)
Already-ranked PSG (France) ended the European Champions League group stage in style with doubles from Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé in a 4-1 home victory over Club Brugge (Belgium) on Tuesday (7).
The French striker put PSG ahead 2-0 on the scoreboard in the first seven minutes of play, and Messi added another one before the break, as well as the fourth, with a penalty, in the second half.
PSG were guaranteed second place in Group A even before the kickoff, as Manchester City (England), who lost 2-1 to RB Leipzig (Germany) on Tuesday, had already secured the group leadership with 12 points, one more than the Paris team.
Brugge were eliminated from European competition after finishing bottom of the group with four points, three behind Leipzig.
Visiting goalkeeper Simon Mignolet clumsily cleared Nuno Mendes's cross and put the ball in the path of Mbappé, who finished in the second minute to open the scoring. The Frenchman was also there five minutes later, and scored again after an Angel Di Maria pass.
Mbappé is the youngest player to reach the 30-goal mark in the European Champions League, with less than two weeks to go before his twenty-third birthday.
Messi made the third at 38 of the first stage, with his characteristic curve ball from outside the area, and, although Mats Rits was reduced at 23 of the second half, PSG were in control throughout the game.
Messi ended a comfortable victory converting a penalty at 31 of the final stage.
This Tuesday's round also marked Milan's (Italy) elimination from European competition, after a 2-1 defeat by Liverpool (England) that left the Italian team in last place in the bracket, after Atlético Madrid (Spain) defeat Porto (Portugal) by 3-1. The Spaniards were second, two points ahead of the Portuguese.
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