Despite Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar starting together up front against Club Brugge, Paris Saint-Germain’s star trio struggled to produce anything of real merit against the hosts in a 1-1 draw in Belgium.
The game almost started in disaster for PSG, as a sloppy touch from Leandro Paredes saw him forced to commit a rash foul and, had it not been for the covering Marquinhos, the Argentine would’ve seen red instead of yellow.
For all their attacking riches, it was Ander Herrera who opened the scoring for PSG on 11 minutes with a well-taken strike on his weaker left-foot, although much of the credit should go to Mbappe who turned his marker inside out before cutting the ball back to the Spaniard.
The only moment of the match in which members of the star-studded trio combined to meaningful effect was on 23 minutes, as Messi played Mbappe in on goal, but Simon Mignolet was there to deny the Frenchman.
From that point on, however, it was the hosts who had more joy. On 27 minutes, Brugge were level through Hans Vanaken, who arrived late in the box to connect with Eduard Sobol’s cross to make it 1-1.
Six minutes into the second half, there was more bad news for PSG, as Mbappe hobbled off after being on the receiving end of a clumsy clip to the ankle from Stanley Nsoki, and was replaced by Mauro Icardi.
Brugge continued to push forward and almost grabbed the go-ahead goal through Jack Hendry, whose shot from inside the area needed a good block from Marquinhos.
PSG’s best chance of the second period arrived with nine minutes remaining, when a low cross from the left found Icardi in space, but the Argentine’s attempted flick went horribly wrong and the ball went well wide.
It was a disappointing opening day result in the Champions League for PSG, in a tough group which contains Manchester City, who defeated RB Leipzig 6-3.