Maccabi Haifa 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain: Messi, Mbappe and Neymar seal comeback win


Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar were all on target as Paris Saint-Germain came from behind to beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Tjaronn Chery gave the Israeli side hope of a famous victory when he headed home from close range in the 24th minute.

But PSG responded well to that early setback and equalized before the break when Messi stroked home after good work from Mbappe.

France international Mbappe put the visitors ahead and Neymar then sealed the three points late on as PSG made it two wins from two in Group H following last week’s victory over Juventus.

Josh Cohen denied Mbappe a clean through after just 70 seconds, while at the other end Gianluigi Donnarumma did well to keep out Mohammad Abu Fani’s ninth-minute strike.

Maccabi stunned the Ligue 1 giants shortly after midway through the first half when Chery came forward at the back post and volleyed home Dolev Haziza’s superb cross from six yards.

However, PSG restored parity eight minutes before the break when Messi headed home from close range after deflecting Mbappe’s low cross from the left into his path.

Frantzdy Pierrot missed a golden opportunity to put Maccabi back in front early in the second half, the striker narrowly heading Pierre Cornud’s cross past the post.

Messi was denied by a wonderful save from Cohen, but the Maccabi goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Mbappe in the 69th minute as the 23-year-old curled past him after latching on to Messi’s pass.

Neymar then sealed victory two minutes from time when he latched on to Marco Verratti’s ball over the top and fired a sharp finish past Cohen.

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