Messi looks angry at being replaced; Icardi gets late winner
Lionel Messi hit the crossbar with a curling free-kick and looked angry at being taken off in the 75th minute in his home debut for Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi stared sharply at PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and appeared to snub a handshake as he came off. The six-time Ballon d'Or winner, who is still chasing his first PSG goal in his third appearance following his shock move from Barcelona, sat glum-faced on the bench.
"Everyone knows we have great players in the squad, we have 35 players. But we must make decisions for the good of the team. Sometimes they lead to a positive result and sometimes not," Pochettino said through a translator. "These are decisions we need to take. Sometimes it pleases people, or it doesn't. I asked him how he was, and he said he was fine." On the field, Icardi found space to head in Kylian Mbappe's precise cross from the left in the 93rd.
Neymar equalized from the penalty spot in the 66th after he was fouled by 18-year-old right-back Malo Gusto.
Lyon coach Peter Bosz was unhappy with the call.
"It's not Malo who fouls Neymar, it's Neymar who puts his hand on him and fouls him," Bosz said. "I can understand if the referee didn't see it, but then there is VAR." Lyon's long-serving president, Jean-Michel Aulas, went even further by calling the decision "an aberration" and saying the referee should have used video review.
Messi almost scored in the 32nd.
He found Neymar down the left and sprinted to meet Neymar's clever reverse pass, but goalkeeper Anthony Lopes read Messi's low shot well and denied him with his legs. Four minutes later, Lopes was stuck to the spot as Messi hit the crossbar with a free-kick from 25 meters. Messi, whose last Champions League goal for Barca was away to PSG in last season's round of 16 return leg, also hit the bar in Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Club Brugge.
PSG is five points ahead of bitter rival Marseille, having played one game more.
Marseille earlier beat Rennes 2-0 to move into second place with striker Bamba Dieng getting his third goal in two games.
Gouiri had the chance to make it 3-2 from the spot in the 82nd following a handball by defender Benoit Badiashile. But he missed the target.
Struggling Monaco is in the 14th spot.
OTHER MATCHES Anger dropped to fourth after losing 4-1 at home to Nantes for its first defeat this season.
Also, it was Clermont 1, Brest 1; and Reims 0, Lorient 0. FAN VIOLENCE On Saturday, the match between Lens and defending champion Lille was interrupted for about 30 minutes after fans from the northern rivals clashed at halftime. Lens won 1-0.
The league's disciplinary commission will meet on Monday to discuss the second high-profile incident of the season, after a serious disorder at the Nice-Marseille game.
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