Lionel Messi showed his worth by scoring a brace as PSG came from behind to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Messi scored twice and Kylian Mbappe played a starring role for the French side who are now top of Group A at the halfway stage, a point above City.

Mbappe had given PSG the lead at the Parc des Princes but a Leipzig side beaten 6-3 at Manchester City earlier in the competition did not crumble in the French capital.

Goals from Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele had them in front, and at that point PSG looked as if they might pay the price for another occasionally disjointed display.

But then Mbappe set up Messi for the equaliser before the Argentine coolly chipped in a 74th-minute penalty awarded for a foul on the France forward.

“We don’t need to say anything more about the quality of Kylian and Leo.

“In games when you are struggling to find solutions as a team, that is why you need players of their class,” coach Mauricio Pochettino said.

Elsewhere, Riyad Mahrez scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Club Brugge 5-1 on Tuesday and re-emphasise their status as major contenders for a first European crown.

Joao Cancelo gave City a deserved lead on the half-hour and Mahrez converted a penalty just before the break as Pep Guardiola’s side bounced back in style from last month’s loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

Kyle Walker added a third early in the second half and 19-year-old Cole Palmer bagged his first Champions League goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Hans Vanaken pulled a goal back to the delight of the home supporters but Mahrez capped a thumping City victory with his second of the night.

The win leaves City side with six points after three games in Group A, with the champions of England and Belgium to meet again in two weeks in Manchester.

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