Messi subbed off in PSG home debut win

A bemused Lionel Messi after being substituted in the second half of PSG's home win over Lyon.
A bemused Lionel Messi after being substituted in the second half of PSG's home win over Lyon.

A late Mauro Icardi strike has earned Paris Saint-Germain a last-gasp 2-1 home victory over Lyon with Lionel Messi replaced with the game on the line after making limited impact on his home debut.

Icardi headed home from Kylian Mbappe's cross four minutes into stoppage time after Neymar had levelled with a penalty for the league leaders - who made it six wins from as many starts.

Lucas Paqueta had put Lyon ahead in the second half.

Messi, in his third appearance for the capital side, hit the woodwork at the Parc des Princes but failed to score and was substituted in the 76th minute.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner stared sharply at coach Mauricio Pochettino and appeared to snub a handshake as he came off the pitch.

"Everyone knows we have great players in the squad... we must make decisions for the good of the team. Sometimes they lead to a positive result and sometimes not," Pochettino said.

"These are decisions we need to take. Sometimes it pleases people, or it doesn't.

"I asked him how he was, and he said he was fine."

Lyon, who made a stuttering start to the season, are ninth with eight points while Marseille moved up to second on 13 points from five games after a convincing 2-0 victory over Rennes.

Angers dropped to fourth after losing 4-1 at home to Nantes while Amine Gouiri missed a late penalty as fifth-placed Nice were held to a 2-2 draw by visiting Monaco in a thrilling French Riviera derby.

Montpellier and Troyes drew 1-1, likewise Brest at Clermont while Reims and Lorient ended goalless.

Messi forced Anthony Lopes into a great save with a low crossed shot on 32 minutes after a clever backheel from Neymar.

Four minutes later, the Argentine's 25-metre curled free kick crashed onto the bar.

Lyon went ahead nine minutes into the second half when Karl Toko Ekambi played Paqueta through for the Brazilian to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma.

It spurred PSG back into action and Neymar, who was closer to his best than in any other game this season, was brought down in the box.

The Brazil forward coolly slotted the ball past Lopes to convert the resulting penalty in the 66th minute.

The hosts then scored the winner when Icardi, who came on for Di Maria in the 82nd minute, found the back of the net.

Australian Associated Press