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Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut for PSG: Live score, updates, highlights

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All eyes will be on Bruges, Belgium, where we’ll finally see Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the field at the same time as Paris Saint-Germain opens UEFA Champions League group play against Club Brugge. The star trio is in the starting lineup for the current French league leaders.

The match will mark Messi’s Champions League debut for PSG after signing for the club on Aug. 10. The 34-year-old has only played a total of 24 minutes for the club, debuting in Ligue 1 in a 2-0 win over Stade de Reims on Aug. 29. 

In addition to Messi, PSG went on a spending spree during the summer, acquiring the final pieces that it hopes will lead the club to its first UEFA Champions League title. Right back Achraf Hakimi and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum are two of the other new arrivals who will be starting with Messi against Club Brugge.

MORE: Updated Champions League group standings

PSG has been a contender for the Champions League title in recent years, but it has fallen short time and again. Neymar led the team to the 2020 final, but it lost 1-0 against Bayern Munich and the club was tripped up by Manchester City in the 2021 semifinals.

Sporting News will follow Club Brugge vs. PSG live, providing scoring updates, commentary and highlights as they become available.

Club Brugge vs. PSG live score

  1H 2H Final
Club Brugge 0


(All times Eastern)

11th min.: Referee has a word with Brugge defender Stanley Nsoki who just falls down in the box after a tussle with Leandro Paredes. There was really nothing to it. And nothing to the subsequent corner.

6th min.: When Club Brugge gets on the ball the local fans go nuts, but it’s not led to anything dangerous yet.

3rd min.: PSG with possession, knocking the ball around the Club Brugge box, but the Belgian side’s defenders are coping fine so far.

1st min.: We’re off. PSG in white and Club Brugge in the traditional blue and black kit.

2:58p.m. ET: Moments away:

2:33p.m. ET: PSG warming up right under their supporters:

2:26p.m. ET: Reports on the ground that the soundtrack to Messi’s Champions League debut with PSG has included Stone Roses, Arcade Fire and Placebo:

2:10 p.m. ET: Video of Messi’s arrival at the Jan Breydel Stadium:

1:18 p.m. ET: A reminder of the squad that PSG took to Belgium:

1:13 p.m. ET: We can assume Messi’s playing if he’s posting this on his Instagram:

12:18 p.m. ET: Reports have Keylor Navas getting the start in Belgium over Gigi Donnarumma.

Club Brugge vs. PSG: Starting lineups

Club Brugge (4-3-3, left to right): 22-Simon Mignolet-GK — 2-Eduard Sobol, 4-Stanley Nsoki, 5-Jack Hendry, 77-Clinton Mata — 20-Hans Vanaken, 3-Eder Balanta, 26-Mats Rits — 10-Noah Lang, 90-Charles De Ketelaere, 19-Kamal Sowah

PSG (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Keylor Navas-GK — 22-Abdou Diallo, 5-Marquinhos, 3-Presnel Kimpembe, 2-Achraf Hakimi — 21-Ander Herrera, 8-Leandro Paredes, 18-Georginio Wijnaldum — 10-Neymar, 7-Kylian Mbappe, 30-Lionel Messi

How to watch Club Brugge vs. PSG

  • Date: Wed, Sept. 15
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: Univision, TUDN
  • Streaming (USA): fuboTV, Paramount+
  • Streaming (Canada): DAZN

Lionel Messi’s Champions League debut with Paris Saint-Germain will be televised nationally on Univision and TUDN. Both channels are carried by fuboTV (free 7-day trial for new subscribers). Paramount+ will have an English-language stream of the match.

DAZN has the UEFA Champions League rights in Canada and will stream the match for subscribers.

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