Lionel Messi scored his first Ligue 1 goal as 10-man Paris St-Germain moved past 13 points at the top with a late performance to beat Nantes.
Messi finished his left foot from 20 yards in the third minute.
Kylian Mbappe gave PSG the lead but the hosts were cut short to 10 when goalkeeper Keylor Navas burst from his box to foul Ludovic Blas.
Nantes leveled through Randal Kolo Muani’s heel, but Dennis Appiah’s monstrous own goal and Messi’s precise shot won.
The win was Les Parisiens’ 12th win in 14 league games and it appeared to have become a routine after they dominated the first half, highlighted by Mbappe’s second-minute opener.
However, Nantes goalkeeper Albon Lafont kept the visitors at bay with a string of saves to stop Messi and Neymar before his opponent Navas blushed from a reckless dash.
His substitute Sergio Rico, coming on for Neymar, saved Muani’s header well but couldn’t stop the improvised bounce of striker Nantes.
But Appiah’s interception of Messi’s pass made it past Lafont from 20 yards before the former Barcelona man – whose three previous PSG goals have all come in the Champions League – broke the domestic duck his in the sixth match in Ligue 1.
The making progress 4-3-3
- firstNavasBooked 65 minutes in advance
- 8ParedesReplaced forDaniloin 89′minute
- 6VerrattiSet at 71 minutesReplaced forWijnaldumin 75′minute
- tenNeymarReplaced forRicoin 68′minute
- 11Di Maria
- 25Tavares Mendes
The making progress 4-2-3-1
- 24CorchiaReplaced forAppiahin 42′minute
- 2Pereira da SilvaReplaced forMerlinin 58′minute
- 18MouthoussamyReplaced forCyprienin 77′minute
- 5ChirivellaSet at 39 minutes
- 11CocoReplaced forGeubbelsin 77′minute
- tenBlasSet at 83 minutes
- 23Kolo Muani
- 7CoulibalyReplaced forBukariin 58′minute
- thirty firstManvelyan
Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 3, Nantes 1.
Second half ended, Paris Saint Germain 3, Nantes 1.
DO NOT ENTER!!!! Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint Germain) header from the center of the box goes wide and wide to the right. Kylian Mbappé provided the assist after a corner.
Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Andrei Girotto.
Attempted to be blocked. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked
Substitute, Paris Saint Germain. Danilo Pereira replaces Leandro Paredes.
Scored! Paris Saint Germain 3, Nantes 1. Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Kylian Mbappé provides the assist after a quick breakout.
DO NOT ENTER!!!! Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and misses to the free kick.
Lionel Messi (Paris Saint Germain) is awarded a free kick in his own half.
Andrei Girotto (Nantes) fouled.
Ludovic Blas (Nantes) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Paris Saint Germain) gets a free kick in his own half.
Foul by Ludovic Blas (Nantes).
Dennis Appiah’s own goal, Nantes. Paris Saint-Germain 2, Nantes 1.
Substitute, Nantes. Wylan Cyprien comes on for Samuel Moutoussamy.
Substitute, Nantes. Willem Geubbels replaces Marcus Coco.
Scored! Paris Saint Germain 1, Nantes 1. Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the center of the goal.
Attempted to save. Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes) header from the center of the box is wide but wide. Aided by Quentin Merlin with a cross.
Substitute, Paris Saint Germain. Georginio Wijnaldum comes on for Marco Verratti.
Corner, Nantes. Concessioned by Juan Bernat.