January 12, (THEWILL) – In his first game following the World Cup, Lionel Messi assisted Paris Saint-Germain in defeating Angers 2-0 to return to winning ways in Ligue 1.
For the visit of bottom-of-the-table Angers, Christophe Galtier was permitted to call up Messi and Neymar after they were defeated 3-1 in their previous league match by title contenders Lens.
Azzedine Ounahi and Sofiane Boufal, two prominent players, who were rumoured to be leaving in the January transfer window, were not named by Abdel Bouhazama in his starting lineup, however, the latter player came off the substitute bench for the final 30 minutes.
Hugo Ekitike gave PSG the lead after just five minutes at Parc des Princes, continuing the 20-year-recent old’s form in front of goal. With just under 20 minutes remaining, Messi sealed the victory with a characteristically elegant finish, giving the defending champions a six-point lead at the top of the league.
On Sunday, PSG travel to Rennes and Angers host Clermont Foot as Ligue 1 enters matchday 19 of the 2022/2023 campaign.