Lionel Messi made his home debut for Paris St-Germain but was substituted in the second half as they beat Lyon to claim six of six wins.

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Lionel Messi has played three games for PSG without scoring

Messi’s summer signing hit the corner of the post and bar with a free kick in the first half and forced a save from Anthony Lopes, but was below his best.

With the score 1-1, the 34-year-old was replaced by right-back Achraf Hakimi and did not look happy to come out.

Messi received a round of applause, but not a standing ovation from his fans.

The forward, who left Barcelona this summer, did not stop but briefly said something to boss Mauricio Pochettino as he walked past him to the bench.

Another PSG replacement, Mauro Icardi, scored the extra-time-winning goal in the Ligue 1 game as he made his way to Kylian Mbappe’s cross.

Lucas Paqueta swept away Karl Toko Ekambi’s cross to give Lyon the advantage.

But Neymar equalized with a controversial penalty. He seemed to withdraw Malo Gusto in the box but the young Lyon defender was penalized instead, with a shot on goal.

Neymar waited for Lopes to move before inserting himself.

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“I asked how he was, he said he was fine”

Lionel Messi’s ex-Barcelona teammate Neymar has reached the level of PSG against Lyon

PSG manager Pochettino said his decision to replace Messi was not controversial.

“I think we all know we have great players in this 35-man squad,” said the former Tottenham manager. “Only 11 can play, we cannot play more. Decisions in the game are made for the good of the team and of each player.

“Every coach thinks about it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the players like it and sometimes not. At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here.

“These are decisions that have to be made by the coach. As for his reaction, I asked him how he was, he said he was fine. That was it. It was our exchange.”

It was Messi’s third game for Paris St-Germain – the third game he played for a club other than Barcelona.

It took 40 days between joining and making his home debut for fitness reasons and because of the last international break.

His debut came last month as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 win over Reims, with the goals scored before his introduction.

He made his first start on Wednesday in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Club Brugge. Like this game, the high-profile first three of Mbappe, Neymar and Messi all started on Sunday.

Messi has touched the corner of the woodwork in Belgium and again in Paris – and is still waiting for a first goal in the colors of PSG.

He has shown a few moments of bonding play with his former Barcelona teammate Neymar, but fitting in with the rest of the squad remains a work in progress.

PSG’s next game is Wednesday’s Ligue 1 trip to Metz, as they try to claim seven out of seven wins at the top of the league.

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