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Psg fans left disappointed with a draw and their front three were criticised for their performance

Lionel Messi returned to PSG's starting lineup for the first time since his high-profile signing, forming an explosive front-three with Neymar Junior and Kylian Mbappe.

With 16 minutes on the clock, former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera guided home Mbappe's low cross from the left to give the Ligue 1 giants the lead.

Brugge equalized 12 minutes after going down, as Hans Vanaken finished off a ball down the left-wing by Eduard Sobol with a clever finish past Keylor Navas.


Messi's initial incursion at the other end nearly ended in PSG's first goal a minute after the half-hour mark, when he hit the woodwork with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area.


12 minutes before halftime, Navas dove across to deflect Vanaken's free-kick from 25 yards out around the post, denying Brugge the lead.

After the break, Mauricio Pochettino made two changes, with Leonardo Paredes being replaced by Danilo Pereira and Julian Draxler replacing Georginio Wijnaldum.


Brugge continued to hold their own against their star-studded opponents, and Noa Lang, who had crept into the defence, put Navas to work with a shot from a tight angle.


PSG began to chase shadows as the game approached full-time, and Lang came inches near scoring with an overhead kick that went inches wide, with Charles De Ketelaere providing the assist.

Nine minutes from time, the tables turned after Nuno Mendes' low ball into the area met Mauro Icardi, who missed the target entirely from an unmarked position.


On the first day of their UEFA Champions League Group A campaign, the Belgian and French teams battled to a scoreless draw

Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-new Germain's front three, have been criticised for their performance against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

In PSG's first 2021/22 UCL game against the Belgian Pro League champions, the three forwards started together for the first time, but it was midfielder Ander Herrera who scored the only goal in the 1-1 tie


Many believe the aforementioned trio, dubbed "MNM" by the French press, has the potential to be something exceptional, but former Liverpool striker and 2001 Ballon d'Or winner Michael Owen disagrees after what he considers to be a dismal performance from them against the Belgian c lub.

This PSG team with those strikers, as much as we swoon over them, they're all wonderful players in their own right "BT Sport reported on Owen's comments.


"But three makes it weaker for me, and I'm not sure why they're considered one of the favorites for the Champions League.


"I believe the English teams [Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, and Man United] are far, far superior."


PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked about the lack of synergy between his attacking studs in a post-match interview, but he downplayed any concerns about the trio.

We'll need more time to work with them to help them understand. That has been made very evident, as we have stated in recent days. We still need to form a group "He informed Sky Italia about it.


"We didn't have a good time that night. We must remain cool, continue working, and take as much time as we require. Things will improve."

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