Lionel Messi scored a stellar goal as Paris Saint-Germain returned to winning ways, but the 3-1 victory over Montpellier came at a cost as star Kylian Mbappe limped off in the first half on Wednesday at the Stade de la Mosson.
Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring for the visitors in the 55th minute and Messi doubled the lead later in the second half to help PSG earn a much-needed win after a sub-par run of results had seen their lead at the top of Ligue 1 shrink. since play resumed following the World Cup.
However, the win was marred by an apparent thigh injury to Mbappe, who left the pitch in the 21st minute shortly after missing a penalty.
PSG were awarded a penalty in the seventh minute via video replay when central defender Christopher Jullien was adjudged to have pulled back Sergio Ramos.
The France forward, though, had his spot kick parried away by Benjamin Lecomte in the eighth minute, but had to take it again and the Montpellier keeper again denied him.
Mbappe then limped off the pitch holding the back of his left thigh.
Arnaud Nordin pulled a goal back for Montpellier shortly before full-time, but PSG’s Warren Zaire-Emery added their third as the defending Ligue 1 champions picked up an important three points.
Ligue 1 leaders PSG take on Bayern Munich in their Champions League round of 16 first leg in two weeks.
Marseille moved up to second place behind PSG after claiming a 2-0 victory at Nantes to leapfrog RC Lens, who dropped their first points at home in a 1-0 defeat to Nice.