'Holy cow': Lionel Messi makes history with 'sensational' moment

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Lionel Messi (pictured left) dribbling the ball before scoring (pictured middle) and celebrating (pictured right).
Lionel Messi (pictured left) opened his goal account for PSG with a stunner against Manchester City. (Getty Images)

Lionel Messi has continued his affiliation with scoring against English opposition after he opened his PSG account with a ridiculous goal against Man City in the Champions League.

Messi and his teammates put together their best performance of the season since his summer move from Barcelona as his new club defeated Manchester City 2-0. 

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Having under-performed since his move to the French capital, Messi saved his opening goal for when it mattered most.

Messi's 121st Champions League goal came after a trademark driving run forward from inside his own-half, followed by a one-two with Kylian Mbappe.

The Argentine slotted the ball from the top of the box to cement PSG's win against the champions of England.

PSG had taken the lead through a less-expected source, Idrissa Gana Gueye scoring with a powerful finish after eight minutes. 

With Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva both hitting the bar within the space of a few seconds midway through the first half, and Gianluigo Donnarumma in fine form, City were unable to reply.

But it was Messi who had fans out of their seat.

Messi was quick to give praise to Mbappe after his goal as he pointed towards the heir to his throne in his celebration.

The goal marked more history for Messi as he became just the second player in history to have scored in 17 consecutive champions league seasons, after Real Madrid's Karim Benzema.

After the game, coach Mauricio Pochettino was delighted at Messi's opening goal.

"I think it was amazing, his performance. And he scored an amazing goal. He's the best player in the world."

Champions League results

But Messi has had to share the headlines with the hitherto unknown Sebastien Thill.

The Luxembourg international scored a stunning injury-time winner for Moldovan outsiders Sheriff Tiraspol away to 13-times winners Real Madrid in an extraordinary upset.

Elsewhere Liverpool won 5-1 away to Porto while Milan, having led 1-0 with ten men until the 83rd minute, lost in injury-time to Atletico Madrid.

There were also wins for Club Bruges, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund, while Inter Milan drew with Shakhtar Donetsk.

If all eyes were on Paris attention was increasingly drawn to Madrid after Jasurbek Yakhshiboev headed the Champions League newcomers into the lead after 25 minutes.

It was not until Karim Benzema converted a 65th-minute penalty that Real levelled, but they were then expected to go on and win. However, staunch defending and goalkeeping kept Madrid at bay until a rare Sheriff attack ended with Thill thrashing a shot into the net from the edge of the area.

with AAP

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