Messi scored twice as Paris St-Germain in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi scored twice as Paris St-Germain fought against eminent loss to beat RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

Kylian Mbappe put the hosts ahead, banging into the base corner on the counter-assault.

Yet, Andre Silva and Nordi Mukiele scored from Angelino crosses to put the German side ahead.

Messi had a shot tipped onto the post and tapped the bounce back into an unfilled net – and afterward scored a Panenka punishment to dominate the match.

PSG won a punishment profound into injury time, however rather than Messi moving forward for a full go-around, Mbappe took it all things being equal – and skied it over the bar.

Mbappe, who had scored his past 11 spot-kicks for PSG, said he advised Messi to take the principal punishment. “It’s generally expected, it’s regard,” the France forward said.

“He’s the best player on the planet, it’s an advantage he plays with us, I’ve generally said it. There’s a punishment, he takes it, period. For the second, he said, ‘Take it’.”

The French side go above Manchester City to the highest point of Champions League Group An on seven focuses.

Messi’s three objectives since joining PSG as a free specialist this mid year have come in the Champions League, with the Argentine likewise netting in their 2-0 success over City.

The Barcelona legend, 34, is presently on 123 Champions League objectives, with Leipzig the 37th group he has scored against in the opposition.

He is the fourth player to score in their initial two home Champions League matches for PSG after Neymar, Alex and George Weah.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were well beneath their best with just four shots on track, including three from Messi.

“We don’t have to say much else about the nature of Kylian and Leo,” he said.

“In games when you are battling to discover arrangements collectively, that is the reason you need players of their group.”

Leipzig, heartbreaking to lose, have endured rout in every one of the three Champions League games this season. They have just dominated four matches in all contests since Jesse Marsch took over in the late spring.