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PSG v Club Brugge Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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4 - 1
PSG
CLU
K. Mbappé (2)
K. Mbappé (7)
L. Messi (38)
L. Messi (76 pen)
M. Rits (68)
Parc des Princes

Commentary

That's all from us, we'll see you for the next round of Champions League fixtures, the knockouts!
They couldn't have moved out of second place regardless of the score in this game, but the resounding nature of that victory proves a point that PSG are still one of the Champions League's elite teams. Brugge however, bring the curtain down on their short-lived European campaign, with Leipzig beating Manchester City 2-1 to ensure their progression into the Europa League at the expense of Brugge, who couldn't have got there with a defeat regardless.
Messi did prove to be a key figure in maintaining PSG's dominance throughout that game, but it was Mbappe who started that dominance. Two goals inside seven minutes, three shots on target, an assist, three key passes and two fouls won, showed just how good the France forward is, and will be for a long time. The Brugge defenders dropped five yards every time he got the ball, and he was always on the hunt for that hat-trick sealing goal.
It's full-time, and PSG cruise into the knockout stages with a comfortable victory! They utterly dominated first-half proceedings, and although Club Brugge offered much more of a fight in the second half, including a well-taken Mats Rits goal, the Parisians were still by far the better team and a Lionel Messi penalty 15 minutes from time capped off a superb performance that saw Messi and Kylian Mbappe run the show, and Brugge simply had no answer to their brilliance!
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: PSG 4-1 CLUB BRUGGE.
90' + 3' Vormer swings in a Brugge corner, and Vanaken rises to head it towards goal. It's deflected off Marquinhos and flies just wide of the post, for what will probably be the last action of the game.
90' + 1' BLOCKED! Lang's on the hunt again as he cuts inside from the left. He looks to shoot but instead sets up Vormer, whose shot on the angle is powerful but blocked by Marquinhos! That might be Brugge's last attacking chance of their Champions League run, which is coming to a certain end.
90' We'll play three more minutes of stoppage time at the end of this second half.
89' Vanaken goes down in the box under pressure from Marquinhos, but his appeals for a penalty are quashed by the offside flag, against De Ketelaere who passed to the Brugge captain.
88' BLOCKED!!! Ebimbe and Icardi link up on the counter, and the latter feeds Ebimbe unmarked on the edge of the box. He takes a touch and shoots, but Hendry is back there to block and Messi's follow-up goes wide!
86' Brugge win a free-kick 25 yards out, and the substitute Vormer has a crack from distance. His curling effort looks good, but it's just too high and fizzes over the PSG crossbar.
E. Ebimbe
M. Verratti
PSG
83' Verratti is also withdrawn by Mauricio Pochettino, and Eric Ebimbe comes onto the pitch.
M. Icardi
K. Mbappé
PSG
83' There'll be no hat-trick for Mbappe in this game, as the scorer of the first two goals, inside seven minutes, comes off for Mauro Icardi.
83' A Brugge corner is headed clear, but as Vanaken attempts to bring the ball back towards the box, it hits the referee and play is stopped!
81' It was a fantastic performance by the substituted Di Maria for PSG, who picked up an assist from two key passes, and also provided two shots on target from three attempts!
79' OVER!!! Van der Brempt does well to keep the ball from Kehrer, and lays off to the incoming Mata. He fires a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but his half-volley flies just past the post of Donnarumma!
78' PSG attack again with some lovely flowing football and Verratti's flick to Messi allows the latter to tee up Herrera, but it's intercepted by N'Soki at the last moment and cleared!
L. Messi
Penalty Goal
PSG
76' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Never in doubt!!! Messi steps up and fires the ball into the bottom right corner, straight past an unmoved Mignolet to make it 4-1!!! Surely no way back for Brugge now?
75' PENALTY!!!! PSG are toying with Brugge in and around their box, and it comes to Messi on the penalty spot. Van der Brempt comes straight into the back of him, and despite there being minimal contact, the referee gives the penalty!
73' SAVED!!! PSG come forward on the break, and Mbappe cuts inside on the edge of the box. He curls an effort aiming for the far corner, but it's well saved by Mignolet and goes behind!
72' Paredes' ball forward has Hakimi racing after it. He's quick, but not quick enough to beat Hendry, who gets back to intercept and clear the danger for the Belgians.
Ander Herrera
Á. Di María
PSG
71' It's been an excellent performance from Di Maria, who is replaced by Ander Herrera.
L. Paredes
I. Gueye
PSG
71' Gueye, who picked up a knock earlier, comes off, and Leandro Paredes replaces him.
K. Mbappé
Yellow Card
PSG
70' Mbappe catches Mata very late and is rightfully booked. A needless challenge from the PSG forward.
N. Mbamba
É. Balanta
Club Brugge
69' Balanta's industrious performance in midfield has also been good, as Noah Mbamba-Muanda comes on in his place.
R. Vormer
M. Rits
Club Brugge
69' No sooner has Rits scored to get Brugge back into the game, he's then taken off! Ruud Vormer comes on in his place.
N. Lang
Assist
Club Brugge
68' The assist from Lang was a good pass in itself, but the winger has been at the heart of everything good about Brugge's performance, particularly in this second half.
M. Rits
Goal
Club Brugge
68' GOOOOALLLLL!!!!! Brugge have one back!!! Lang steams forward again under little pressure from PSG, and he carries the ball into the box. He tees up an unmarked Rits to his right, who places a lovely finish into the far corner and past Donnarumma! 3-1, and is the comeback on?
66' SAVED!!! PSG win a corner which they play short. Di Maria has the ball again, and looks to curl an effort into the top corner, but it's beaten away by the fists of Mignolet!
64' WIDE!!!! PSG come forward as Di Maria dribbles his way out of challenges and into the box. He looks to stroke the ball into the corner with the outside of his foot, and the shot skids agonisingly wide of the post with Mignolet isolated!!
62' Messi comes forward again and looks to play in Di Maria to his left. It's a poor ball by his standards though, and Mata is eventually able to clear his lines after keeping the ball in play.
N. Lang
Yellow Card
Club Brugge
61' N'Soki is fouled and wins a free-kick, which Lang takes before the referee's whistle. He's booked for that indiscretion, which is soft to say the least.
60' Messi's been quieter in the early stages of this second half, but he's still amassed a goal, three shots and two key passes in just an hour of football. Recently crowned the best player in the world for the seventh time, and fully deserved too.
58' Gueye and Balanta get tangled up in a tackle together, and it's the PSG midfielder who comes off worse. He's down injured receiving treatment, and when he does finally get up, he's hobbling on that left knee.
I. Van der Brempt
C. Sandra
Club Brugge
57' Sandra comes off in Brugge's first change, and replacing him is Ignace Van der Brempt.
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
PSG
55' Le Ketelaere collects a diagonal ball from Balanta, and does even better to get around Kehrer, who brings down the Brugge striker and is booked.
54' SAVED!!!! Lang's sniffing around again, cutting inside Diallo and firing towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box. It's hit very, very well, and Donnarumma has to get down at his near post to save before Kehrer heads the ball behind!
52' Lang is forward once more as he heads down a lofted ball forward from Ricca. Le Ketelaere meets it on the half-volley, but his strike has little power and Donnarumma saves easily.
51' OVER!!! Brugge do well to come forward on a half-break through Lang, who races down the left before cutting inside and chipping into the box. An on-the-run Rits meets it, but his header is just a tad too hard and clears the crossbar!
T. Kehrer
Nuno Mendes
PSG
50' Mendes does come off, and on comes Kehrer to slot in at left-back.
49' Mendes looks to have picked up a knock, and Thilo Kehrer is warming up, suggesting that he'll be replacing the PSG left-back.
48' Paris Saint-Germain are unbeaten in three previous Champions League meetings with Club Brugge, winning two, including a victory on the only occasion when they have hosted the Belgian side (1-0 in November 2019).
46' Vanaken kicks off the second half, and we're back into the action!
The teams are back out for the second half, and it's a real mountain to climb for Club Brugge if they want to get anything out of this game!
Mbappe simply ran the show in that first half, with his two goals backed up by three shots and two key passes, and he also got the assist for Messi's third, coming after some great awareness to send PSG away on the counter! What a half he's had, and there's little doubt that he'll carry on in the same fashion for the second half.
What a first-half performance from PSG! If they looked shaky against Lens in the league, they certainly didn't carry over any of that shakiness into this game, as they dominated the half from start to finish! Mbappe's opener just seconds in set the tone, and he doubled the lead just five minutes later with an even better finish! Brugge did have chances as the half went on, but Messi added a third just before half-time with the best finish of the lot!
45' HALF-TIME: PSG 3-0 CLUB BRUGGE.
44' OVER!!! Messi drops deep and fires a ball over the top for Mbappe to chase. He latches onto it and is one-on-one with Mignolet, but pressure from the chasing Hendry forces him into an early shot, which he blazes over the crossbar!! That was his chance for a hat-trick, and it's more of a shock that he missed it!
43' It's been quite the battle between Mbappe and Mata down the left in this game, and although Mbappe is clearing winning that duel by a mile, Mata always makes sure the PSG forward knows he's close whenever he's on the ball.
41' Vanaken looks to send Rits through with a chipped ball into the box, but he's outmuscled by Diallo who then ushers the ball out for a goal kick.
40' That Messi goal, his third in his first three Champions League games at the Parc des Princes, means that he's only the third PSG player to achieve that feat, after George Weah in 1994 and fellow current PSG forward Neymar in 2017.
K. Mbappé
Assist
PSG
38' That touch from Mbappe and the pace to get past Hendry was just freakish, and if there's anyone to take up Messi's sizeable mantle in the next few years, it's most likely his free-scoring PSG team-mate.
L. Messi
Goal
PSG
38' GOOOOOOAALLLLLLLL!!!!!! THERE IT IS!!!!! It's number three for PSG, and it's Messi who gets his goal!!!! Mbappe speeds past Hendry at lightning pace on the left and finds Messi hurtling forward. He beats a few defenders, and fires a curling effort past Mignolet from the edge of the box!!! What a goal, and what a pair of footballers.
36' SAVED!!! Forward come Brugge and Mata cuts the ball back from the right-hand byline. Rits is in the box, and side-foots an effort towards the bottom corner, but Donnarumma gets down to his left to save the shot and concede a corner!!! A first proper goalscoring chance for Brugge, and that was close!
35' SAVED!!! Messi's really in the mood now and dribbles into the box untouched. He creates space to shoot and aims for the far corner, but Mignolet gets down to save his low shot and Brugge survive! That was vintage Messi.
33' A sloppy Brugge pass in their own half is snapped up by Mbappe, and he finds Messi. The Argentinian dribbles into the area looking to pick a pass or fire a shot, but he's crowded out by a plethora of Brugge defenders and is forced wide!
31' SAVED!!! PSG really should make it three! Some lovely link-up play around the box sees Messi into space on the left. He really should score, but takes too long to shoot and Mata gets back to deflect the eventual strike behind for a corner! You'd have put your house on Messi finishing that one!
30' PSG flood the Brugge half once more, looking for that defence-splitting final pass. Di Maria looks to have made it with a similar pass to the second goal, but Hendry beats Messi to the ball and heads it away from danger.
28' Diallo finds Wijnaldum bursting forward through the centre. He's through on goal, but Hendry and N'Soki get back to win the ball before the PSG midfielder can pull the trigger.
26' Mendes misses the ball played forward by Mata and Sandra sneaks in behind him. PSG's on-loan Sporting Lisbon left-back does brilliantly to get back and recover though, dispossessing the Brugge winger and bringing the ball back out for the hosts.
25' Verratti and N'Soki contest a loose ball and neither comes off well from the challenge. They're both down, but eventually both get to their feet.
24' SAVED!!! Better from Brugge! Vanaken sticks a foot in to dispossess Di Maria and feeds Sandra in the box. He fires low, and Donnarumma has to save with his legs to keep the shot out! They've had the better of the last five or so minutes!
22' Brugge break quickly from the free-kick as Balanta releases Lang steaming down the right. He gets to the byline and puts in a good cross, but no one is there to meet it and PSG recover!
21' Mbappe looks to get past both Mata and Sandra in the one movement, but he's fouled by the outstretched arm of the former and wins a PSG free-kick in a dangerous position.
19' Ricca advances forward for Brugge and cuts inside, threading a good throughball forward for Le Ketelaere to chase. It's on the angle, but his shot across goal is good, and warrants Donnarumma getting down low to save and hold the ball.
18' It's clear that any chance Brugge get in this game will come on the counter-attack. Vanaken attempts to spark one as he rounds Gueye, but he's brought down on halfway by the PSG midfielder for a free-kick.
16' OVER!!! Messi swings a deep free-kick into the box. Marquinhos rises at the back post and heads back towards the penalty spot. Gueye's waiting, and tries an outrageous bicycle-kick volley that looks good in motion but sees the ball fly well over the bar into the stands!
14' Club Brugge were beaten by five goals against RB Leipzig last time out, the third consecutive game in the competition in which they conceded at least four goals. No team has ever conceded 4+ goals in four consecutive games in the Champions League, but could this be the game in which they make unwanted history?
12' SAVED!!! PSG come forward at pace once more, and Messi sends Di Maria into space. He's in the box, and looks to toe-poke the ball past Mignolet, who saves with his body to deny the Argentinian!
10' Mbappe's stats against Brugge have improved significantly within 10 minutes of this game alone. He now has seven goals and assists in just four (well, three and a bit) appearances against the Belgian side, who will no doubt be glad to see the back of him by the end of this match.
8' Brugge look to counter again through Lang, who is in space. He looks for the run of Le Ketelaere, but the striker is flagged for offside as he attempts to take it past Diallo.
Á. Di María
Assist
PSG
7' The pass from Di María was picture-perfect, and it was exactly what Mbappe needed to volley that ball home with the ease that he did. Sublime skills from back to front by PSG.
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
7' GOOOOALLLL!!!! IT'S TWOOOOOO!!!!! PSG pass the ball around and through Brugge like they're invisible, and Di Maria dinks a lofted cross into the box. Mbappe's waiting, and he volleys a fantastic finish straight past Mignolet and into the back of the net! 2-0 up inside just seven minutes!!!
6' Brugge counter again as Vanaken tears towards goal. He looks for Balanta advancing into the box again, but once more Diallo is there to cut out the pass!
4' WIDE!!! PSG almost have a second in no time! Brugge don't clear at all well again, and Di Maria slides a lovely ball through for Wijnaldum. He looks to beat his ex-Liverpool team-mate Mignolet, but he puts it just wide of the post! What a chance!
3' Back come Brugge on the attack, as they race forward into the box. Vanaken's lofted diagonal ball is volleyed towards goal by Lang, but it's deflected by Diallo. Balanta arrives looking to lash in a rebound, but it's cleared by Diallo at the second time of asking.
K. Mbappé
Goal
PSG
2' GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! WHAT A START FOR PSG!!!! Mbappe and Mendes link up down the left, and Mignolet doesn't deal at all well with the latter's cross. Mbappe, of course, is following up the ball, and he places it into the far corner to make it 1-0 to PSG!!! 70 seconds in, and PSG lead already!
1' And we're off! The last Champions League group stage matchday is under way!
The Champions League anthem is belting out at the Parc des Princes as the teams come out onto the pitch!
It was a dismal showing for Brugge last time out, as they were thrashed 5-0 at home by RB Leipzig. Captain Hans Vanaken, who has scored three of their four goals in the tournament so far, starts again in the number 10 role, and he'll look to lead by example as Brugge bid to claim third place in Group A.
Kylian Mbappe came off the bench to save PSG’s bacon in their last Ligue 1 fixture, setting up an injury-time Gini Wijnaldum equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Lens. He starts on the left wing in this match, and the France forward will be hoping to add to his five goals and assists in three Champions League appearances against Brugge.
CLUB BRUGGE SUBS: Senne Lammens, Eduard Sobol, Wesley, Owen Otasowie, Faitout Maouassa, Kamal Sowah, Jose Izquierdo, Ruud Vormer, Ignace van der Brempt, Bas Dost, Brandon Mechele, Noah Mbamba.
CLUB BRUGGE (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Clinton Mata, Jack Hendry, Stanley N’Soki, Federico Ricca; Mats Rits, Eder Balanta; Cisse Sandra, Hans Vanaken, Noa Lang; Charles de Ketelaere.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN SUBS: Keylor Navas, Alexandre Letellier, Presnel Kimpembe, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi, Danilo Pereira, Colin Dagba, Ander Herrera, Thilo Kehrer, Eric Ebimbe.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma; Achraf Hakimi, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo, Nuno Mendes; Idrissa Gueye, Marco Verratti, Georginio Wijnaldum; Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe.
It’s still a big game for the visitors though, as Brugge can only climb to third, and claim a spot in the Europa League knockouts, if they better Leipzig’s result against Manchester City in the corresponding fixture. Both they and Leipzig are tied on four points, but Brugge’s minus 11 goal difference is counting against them at the moment.
On their final group stage matchday, PSG cannot overtake Manchester City at the top of Group A, but their safe passage into the knockouts alongside City has already been secured, with neither RB Leipzig nor Brugge able to catch them.
Hello, and welcome to live coverge of this UEFA Champions League fixture, between Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge in Group A.