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PSG WITH MESSI, NEYMAR AND MBAPPE HELD BY CLUB BRUGES

For all the hype it turned out to be a disappointing first start in a Paris St-Germain shirt for Lionel Messi.

The Argentine, on his 150th Champions League appearance and first in the competition for any side other than Barcelona, struck the crossbar but was frustrated along with his team-mates by a well-drilled Club Bruges, whose spending and resources pale in comparison to their star-studded opponents.

Ander Herrera opened the scoring for PSG but the Belgian side more than deserved Hans Vanaken’s equaliser as they went on to draw 1-1.

Kylian Mbappe set up the opener before heading off injured after 51 minutes while Messi was booked and both he and Neymar were well dealt with by the hosts.

“Nobody in the team can be happy with their performance and nobody can be happy with this result,” said PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“We came here to take points. All the points. Hats off to Club Bruges. They wanted it more than us tonight and they deserve the point.”

BT Sport pundit Hargreaves added: “PSG were probably one of the favourites going into this competition with the summer they had. Pochettino will be trying to get the balance right with so many top players.”

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