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Saint-Etienne 1-3 PSG: Hat-trick of assists for Messi in Ramos’ PSG debut



A hat-trick of assists from Lionel Messi ensures that Paris Saint-Germain seal a fightback win and three points against 10-men Saint-Etienne – but a late injury to Neymar has taken the gloss off their result. The visitors managed to trump bad weather and a stubborn opponent in a scrappy encounter though – and that will be their main concern. Full-time, it finishes Saint-Etienne 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain..

Both sides are back in midweek action domestically of course – PSG face Nice and Brest await Saint-Etienne..

Lionel Messi meanwhile might not have netted today but he set up every finish for Mauricio Pochettino’s side – and that helps them keep their large gap at the summit of Ligue 1 too. After those Champions League frustrations, it is a much-needed morale booster for the Parisian side..

Claude Puel and company remain in the bottom three then, but again, there are signs of promise to behold. Keep a full contingent of men on the field and they may have come away with something here. Alas, for the best laid plans of mice and men…

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