Lionel Messi inspires PSG in seven-goal thriller against Troyes - in pictures

Argentine star scores and assists in 4-3 win at Parc des Princes

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Lionel Messi scored and claimed an assist to inspire Paris St Germain to a 4-3 comeback victory over Troye as they restored their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to five points.

Mama Balde had given mid-table Troyes the lead twice before Messi assumed control to score his seventh Ligue 1 goal of the season and take his tally of assists to 10 - a league high.

PSG started slowly and Troyes needed just three minutes to stun the crowd at the Parc des Princes on Saturday as Abdu Conte raced down the touchline to send a cross into the box where Rony Lopes set up the chance for Balde to volley into the net.

Troyes frustrated PSG but the home side remained patient and it paid off in the 24th minute when Neymar spotted Carlos Soler making a run, scooping a through ball into the box for the Spanish midfielder to round keeper Gauthier Gallon and score.

Balde restored Troyes' lead seven minutes into the second half, receiving a cross on the turn and firing low past goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

He could have had a third when he tried to beat PSG's high line before being denied by the linesman's offside flag but Messi then quickly stole the show.

The Argentine first pulled the trigger from almost 30 metres to equalise with a sizzling strike before turning provider minutes later with an incisive through ball for Neymar to score as PSG went ahead for the first time in the match.

Gallon then brought Soler down in the box amid a mix-up with the defence and Kylian Mbappe got in on the act with a penalty as PSG's star-studded attacking trio all found the net.

Troyes pulled one back in the dying stages when Ante Palaversa took advantage of shoddy marking to head home but PSG held on take the three points.

Updated: October 29, 2022, 6:17 PM
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