Lionel Messi substituted on home debut as Paris Saint-Germain score late winner

Lionel Messi’s home debut for Paris Saint-Germain was far from how he would have dreamt it, with the Argentine forward being substituted by Mauricio Pochettino in the second half as his side went in search of a winning goal against Lyon.
Lucas Paqueta had given the visiting team the lead after 54 minutes, before Neymar equalized from the penalty spot just over 10 minutes later.
However, the game’s main talking point came when Pochettino opted to replace Messi with right back Achraf Hakimi with 15 minutes of the match still remaining, seemingly to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s chagrin.

Pochettino and Messi didn’t shake hands and the pair had a brief exchange as Messi made his way to the bench.

PSG went on to win the Ligue 1 clash thanks to a Mauro Icardi header from Kylian Mbappé’s cross in stoppage time and Pochettino defended his decision to replace Messi.

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