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Messi, Neymar and Mbappe start for PSG ahead of World Cup break

By AFP
13 November 2022   |   1:35 pm
Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were all named in Paris Saint-Germain's team for their final Ligue 1 game before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar next week.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and AJ Auxerre at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on November 13, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were all named in Paris Saint-Germain’s team for their final Ligue 1 game before the World Cup kicks off in Qatar next week.

PSG coach Christophe Galtier opted not to rest the attacking trio against Auxerre as the champions seek to extend their lead at the top of the table before the break for the tournament in Qatar.

The Parisians started the game two points ahead of Lens, who won 2-1 at home against Clermont on Saturday, with Rennes a further five points adrift.

Messi, who tasted glory in the Copa America last year, will be hoping to fire Argentina to World Cup glory for the first time since 1986.

Mbappe will be one of the key players for defending champions France in Qatar and Neymar will spearhead Brazil’s push for a sixth World Cup crown.

The tournament starts with a match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador on November 20.