The Parc des Princes supporters will get to see their stars on the field together for the first time when Paris Saint-Germain welcomes domestic fellow Ligue 1 title contender Olympique Lyon in the big showdown of the weekend in France.
Lionel Messi will make his debut in front of the home crowd, starting the match with the team’s other top attackers in front of him: Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria. French star Mbappe was able to overcome the knock that forced him out of Wednesday’s Champions League match against Club Brugge, and he retakes his spot at the front of the forward line.
The Parisian side will be looking to use the occasion to show that it can obtain results with all its attacking talent on the field together. That did not happen in midweek in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge and it was a match in which PSG never seemed settled. Manager Mauricio Pochettino made some surprise changes to the lineup in the hope of achieving the balance the team has been seeking.
PSG already sits atop the Ligue 1 standings with a perfect 5-0-0 record (15 points) and Lyon will do whatever it can to slow down the powerhouse team. Lyon (2-1-2, 8pts) enters the match in 9th place and needs a big result to jumpstart a potential title run and more importantly, to prevent PSG from running away with it early.
Lyon is coming off a 2-0 win over Rangers in its Europa League group-stage opener played in Glasgow, Scotland. Not only did it have to travel to Scotland and then Paris, but manager Peter Bosz is essentially fielding the same lineup except for one change: Xherdan Shaqiri starts in place of Houssem Aouar.
Sporting News will be following the PSG vs. Lyon match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as it happens.
PSG vs. Lyon live score
LYO – Paqueta (Toko-Ekambi) – 54th min.
PSG – Neymar (penalty) – 66th min.
PSG vs. Lyon live updates & highlights
(All times Eastern)
90th min.: Four minutes of stoppage time.
89th min.: Cherki earns a free kick in the attacking half (and a yellow for Nuno Mendes). He takes it himself and the ball falls again to him for a left-footed curler that finishes high. Big chance for Lyon to take all three points.
86th min.: SUBS – Lyon are trying to milk the clock. Lucas Paqueta limps off and Habib Keita takes his place. Georginio Wijnaldum races on the field in place of Ander Herrera.
82nd min.: SUB – PSG brings on Mauro Icardi in place of Angel Di Maria.
81st min.: Neymar goes down in the box again on a challenge from Gusto. This time no call from the ref, though it looked to be more of a penalty than the first.
79th min.: SUB – Lyon’s turn to make a change. Cherki, 18, comes on for Shaqiri. Meanwhile Lyon ‘keeper Lopes gets a yellow for delay of game.
76th min.: SUB – PSG manager Pochettino subs out Messi and brings on Achraf Hakimi. Messi didn’t see happy about it. Hakimi plays right wing and Angel Di Maria moves into a more central position.
74th min.: If the knee was bothering Messi, he didn’t show it. He fires a left-footed blast that goes wide right. Still 1-1. Meanwhile Achraf Hakimi is getting instructions from the coaching staff on the bench.
72nd min.: Lionel Messi looks to be having some trouble with the left knee. He’s bending it as if there’s an issue. But he’s staying in the game for now.
69th min.: PSG’s Marquinhos nearly gets to a cross in the Lyon box, but fresh Lyon sub Diomande gets a touch on the ball to knock it away. PSG close to the go-ahead goal.
66th min.: Goal PSG! Neymar with the casual run-up and finish. No power behind that one. Neymar made him go the other way.
65th min.: SUBS – Lyon makes a sub before the penalty. Diomande comes in for Boateng. And Aouar comes in for Toko-Ekambi.
63rd min.: Penalty for PSG! It’s a dive in the box by Nemyar on the challenge from Gusto, but it doesn’t look like there would be enough for VAR to overturn.
57th min.: Is the desperation already starting? Angel Di Maria with a hopeful cross into the box but no teammates were even close and it goes out.
54th min.: Goal Lyon! Toko-Ekambi crosses a perfect ball and it finds Paqueta who was crashing the box. Messi & Co. are in trouble.
51st min.: Lyon’s Paqueta brings down Neymar for another dangerous free kick. Messi’s already on it, but it’s Neymar who takes it and the ball goes high.
46th min.: The second half is underway. Lyon kicks off. No subs for either side.
Halftime: PSG 0, Lyon 0
Halftime: MNM isn’t intimidating Lyon. The first Ligue 1 start for PSG’s Messi-Neymar-Mbappe attack is meant to strike fear into opposing teams, but Club Brugge earned a draw in midweek and now Lyon is going toe-to-toe with the Parisian superstars. PSG got their looks, but so did Lyon. The visitors were unafraid to attack with numbers, led by Toko-Ekambi and Shaqiri, who were joined occasionally by Paqueta. Lyon goalkeeper Lopes had to come up with a big stop on Messi and then it was the woodwork to stop Messi on another instance. It all made for an entertaining first half for the neutrals and the second half should be just as compelling with the tension and urgency sure to go up by a few notches.
45th min.: Lyon is ending the first half in strong fashion. A stoppage-time corner kick is directed by Paqueta at goal, but it’s a slow roller that Donnarumma handles easily.
37th min.: Messi hits the woodwork! Neymar earns a free kick in a central position. After he gets treatment, Messi takes the attempt and hits the right corner of the frame.
MESSI HITS THE CROSSBAR!!!😩
Leo is desperately looking for his first goal with PSG!!! 🔥 Will he score in the 2nd half? 🤔
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) September 19, 2021
32nd min.: Neymar feeds Messi and his shot destined for the far post is deflected by Lopes for a corner. Nothing comes of it. That was Messi’s best look of the first half.
27th min.: Gigi Donnarumma taking a beating in this first half. On a Lyon free kick into the box, Jerome Boateng rams into him and he needs treatment.
25th min.: After a frantic start, the match is settling down some. Both teams are not wasting any time when they get on the ball. The wingers are the most dangerous players on both sides: Di Maria for PSG and Toko-Ekambi and Shaqiri for Lyon.
18th min.: What a play by Shaqiri! He curls a left-footed shot from the right side that Gigi Donnarumma has to parry away. Shaqiri is seeing a lot of the ball on the right side and isn’t getting picked up by PSG left back Nuno Mendes. Lyon is not intimidated in the least.
17th min.: Fantastic combination with an Mbappe heel pass finding Messi who doesn’t hesitate to fire at goal and Lyon ‘keeper Lopes saves. PSG is play very direct. No overthinking happening.
11th min.: Shaqiri makes a run down the right flank and earns a corner for his side. It leads to two more corners, but PSG manage.
8th min.: First good chance for PSG. Messi, Neymar and Herrera all touch the ball and feed Di Maria, whose shot is stopped by the ‘keeper. Electric start to this game.
7th min.: Stoppage in play after Angel Di Maria goes over the ball and fouls Lyon midfielder Caqueret. The ref issues the yellow to Di Maria.
5th min.: PSG on the break and Kylian Mbappe hits the ground in the box, but there’s no illegal contact there. PSG get a corner but nothing comes of it.
4th min.: Lyon means business. The visitors fire another shot by Another shot by Toko-Ekambi and it’s an easy save for Donnarumma.
3rd min.: Early chance for Lyon and a shot finishes high, but Slimani challenged PSG ‘keeper Gigi Donnarumma and stepped on the goalkeeper’s arm and he needs a moment before resuming play.
1st min.: We’re off.
2:54 p.m.: Video Messi’s first warmup on the Parc des Princes field.
2:29 p.m.: And here’s Lionel Messi during the PSG warmup:
2:24 p.m.: Lyon come out for warmups and hear it from the local crowd:
PSG vs. Lyon starting lineups
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino opts to leave right back Achraf Hakimi and central midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum on the bench as he continues in his quest to find the best balance for this squad. With the team’s four best attacking players on the field, Pochettino needs the rest of the squad to focus on defending a dangerous Lyon side.
PSG starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 50-Donnarumma-GK — 25-Nuno Mendes, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 5-Marquinhos, 24-Kehrer — 21-Ander Herrera, 27-Gueye — 10-Neymar, 30-Lionel Messi, 11-Angel Di Maria — 7-Kylian Mbappe
PSG subs (9): Navas, Hakimi, Diallo, Paredes, Rafinha, Danilo, Wijnaldum, Draxler, Icardi
Lyon manager Peter Bosz is lining up in a similar 4-2-3-1 formation with Shaqiri getting the start over the talented Houssem Aouar. A total of 10 of the 11 players in the starting lineup also started against Glasgow Rangers on Thursday.
Lyon starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Lopes-GK — Emerson, Denayer, Boateng, Gusto — Bruno Guimaraes, Caqueret — Toko-Ekambi, Paqueta, Shaqiri — Slimani
Lyon subs (9): Pollersbeck-GK, Henrique, D. Da Silva, Diomande, Lukeba, Keita, Aouar, Cherki, Barcola
How to watch PSG vs. Lyon
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 19
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- TV channel: beIN Sports
- Spanish-language TV: beIN Sports en Espanol
- Live stream: fuboTV
The match will be televised by beIN Sports, which is available on fuboTV (free 7-day trial for new users ).