Lionel Messi watches on as Kylian Mbappe scores controversial VAR penalty to save PSG against minnows AngersOctober 16, 2021
LIONEL MESSI watched on from the stands as Kylian Mbappe came to Paris Saint-Germain's rescue, scoring a controversial penalty to see off minnows Angers.
PSG fought from a goal behind to win the league tie at the Parc des Princes.
Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Neymar had to watch on from the stands.
The South American trio had just returned from their involvement with their respective international sides.
Angers took a shock first half lead, with Angelo Fulgini meeting former Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal's cross.
The Ligue 1 minnows managed to shut PSG out for the rest of the first half and half of the second.
But Danilo Pereira headed the Parisians back on level terms.
Despite PSG dominating the game, they struggled to find the quality to execute the perfect final ball to win all three points.
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Luck was on their side, though.
Mauro Icardi's late headed effort struck the arm of an Angers defender from point-blank range.
The referee checked the VAR monitor and awarded a spot-kick, which Mbappe calmly slotted home.
The win extends PSG's lead at the top of Ligue 1 to nine points, with Lens in second on 18.
Nice and PSG's opponents Angers make up the rest of the top four.
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