Player ratings such as Messi and Mbappe grip

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Although they had nothing to play for, Paris Saint-Germain dazzled the Parc des Princes on Tuesday with an elegant 4-1 victory over Club Brugge in the Champions League.

Tonight’s result was to be stoned from the referee’s very first blow, as the hosts took only 70 seconds to break the deadlock. Kylian Mbappe linked well with Nuno Mendes on the left wing before clinically inserting the Portuguese’s return cross into Simon Mignolet’s lower corner.

PSG’s talisman doubled his and his side’s results shortly after, completing Angel Di Maria’s beautifully weighted high pass to largely seal the result within seven minutes.

If there was any doubt about PSG’s management, Lionel Messi beat them in the 38th minute. The Argentine put the guests out of sight with a sensational effort, collected Mbappe’s pass, dribbled towards the opponent’s goal and rolled the ball past Mignolet from distance.

Another incredible Champions League attack from Lionel Messi?

Kylian Mbappe drove hard, Messi applied the curling finish? #UCL pic.twitter.com/SxYtugFSuq

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 7, 2021

Philippe Clement’s team got a boost after the break and received a reward for their increased intensity and creativity. Noa Lang carried the move towards the Paris goal, before he released Mats Rits to calmly glide past Donnarumma with just over 20 minutes left.

However, the hosts soon regained control of the competition and were awarded a penalty when Messi was quite clearly cut by Ignace van der Brempt in the box. The Argentine got up and made no mistake when he took his second for the night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men had no difficulty in seeing the well-deserved win after their fourth, and sentenced their visitors to a fourth place in Group A.

This is how PSG rated the evening.

Mendes had a good game / Xavier Laine / GettyImages

Gianluigi Donnarumma (GK) – 7/10 – Solid performance from the Italian, looks confident all the time and makes some really sharp stops. Achraf Hakimi (RB) – 5/10 – Usually confident as he plundered the right wing but really left his defensive colleagues isolated at times.

Marquinhos (CB) – 7/10 – Read the game well and made Hakimi’s frequent absence from the “okul” side of the game imperceptible for the most part, which typically shows calm in dangerous situations.Abdou Diallo (CB) – 8/10 – Fast and alert all the time, shows a good defensive instinct to make six ball recoveries, eight clearances and one block.Nuno Mendes (LB) – 7/10 – Stable on the hind foot, recovered with four balls, while causing havoc on the left wing all evening, especially played a big role in his team’s early start. Forced disappointment by injury immediately after the break.

Georginio Wijnaldum did not have his best game / BRUNO FAHY / GettyImages

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 5/10 – Made some well-timed arrows into the penalty area and beyond Bruges’ back line, although it seemed at a largely slow pace in his overall play.

Marco Verratti (CM) – 8/10 – Top performance in midfield. Flexible, progressive and elegant on the ball; grainy, destructive and the perfect amount of piece of it.

Idrissa Gueye (CM) – 7/10 – Insert a persistent shift, cover a lot of ground to provide a suffocating presence when you meet Bruges and keep things ticking nicely when you are in possession.

Di Maria ➡️ Mbappe

Two quick goals for Kylian Mbappe against Club Brugge, but it’s all about the assistant from the Argentine? #UCL pic.twitter.com/edZzynXwPs

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 7, 2021

Angel DI Maria (RW) – 8/10 – Looked much more creative and threatening than this weekend, and showed his brilliant passing ability to note two key passes – above all, he took a wonderful assist to Mbappe’s other.

Lionel Messi (CF) – 9/10 – Floated around elusive all the time, knitting movements together, dancing around in possession and just being Messi – symbolized by his fantastically taken strokes and made 3-0 before he got a second from the spot.

Kylian Mbappe (LW) – 9/10 – A phenomenal display in all aspects, from his interconnected play and movement to his tangible production. Took a brilliant assist to Messi’s goal, after scoring two astonishing own goals.

? First change for @PSG_English! (3-0) #PSGCLU pic.twitter.com/RmuvOkV9mL

– Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 7, 2021

Thilo Kehrer (LB) – 6/10 – Seemed to struggle with the pace of the game after his start, but lived up and worked tirelessly thereafter.

Leandro Paredes (CM) -6/10

Ander Herrera (CM) – 6/10

Mauro Icardi (ST) – N / A

Eric-Junior Dina Ebimbe (CM) – N / A

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