The French football season has finally started with some exciting matches that kicked-off the football action. Defender Achraf Hakimi scored a debut goal as Paris Saint-Germain began its bid to reclaim its glory, beating newcomer Troyes 2-1, while current holders Lille opened their title defense at Metz with a 3-3 draw. Follow us for more live soccer and football fixtures.
Defender Oualid El Hajjam headed powerfully from a corner to open the scoring for the second-tier champions Troyes before Hakimi, who joined PSG from Italian champions Inter Milan for 60 million euros, equalized with a crisp shot past the Troyes goalkeeper in the 18th minute. Two minutes later, Mauro Icardi then scored the winner, controlling a Kylian Mbappe pass, to seal the win.
“It was a very difficult game and we didn’t start it well. We need to do much better,” PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “We conceded far too many chances for my liking.” The win came amid the rumors of Lionel Messi’s transfer to PSG. “His name is associated with many clubs, there are a lot of rumors,” Pochettino said. “We will see what happens in the next few days.”
Messi in a press interview after the tribute confirmed that joining PSG was “a possibility, but nothing is agreed” yet. The 34-year-old is reportedly close to agreeing a two year deal with PSG and play for the Ligue 1 outfit until 2023, with a net salary of 35 million euros at the end of every season. Sources also said that the deal includes an option to extend his stay with the French side for an additional year.
Reports also claim that Messi has two other potential options – Manchester City and Real Madrid – but PSG remain the favorites to sign him. “I received a lot of calls after the Barcelona statement. We are still talking about it. nothing is closed yet,” Messi responded. Asked about the prospect of joining a rival, he added: “There is no doubt that I will go to a team that will compete with Barca.”
Elsewhere, current holders Lille were trailing 3-1 before late goals from Nanitamo Ikone and Yilmaz gave them a hard earned away point. Bordeaux suffered a 2-0 home defeat by top-tier debutants Clermont Foot, while Nice were held to a 0-0 home stalemate by Reims and Lorient earned a 1-1 draw at St Etienne. Angers celebrated a 2-0 win at Strasbourg.
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