Mbappe, Messi lead PSG beat Maccabi

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Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi combined well as PSG beat Maccabi Haifa 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Messi cancelled out Tjarron Chery's first-half opener after being set up by Mbappe, and he returned the favour after the break before Neymar grabbed a late third as PSG sweated.

PSG top Group H with six points, level with Benfica who claimed a 2-1 victory at Juventus.

Christophe Galtier's France visit Benfica on Oct. 5, while Juventus and Haifa face early elimination.

Mbappe: "The pitch wasn't great, but that's no excuse." "After the break, our adjustments paid off. We have some big games coming up, so we must improve our play."

Mbappe threatened twice in the opening minutes for PSG, but they lulled and were punished midway through the half. Dolev Haziza's perfect cross found Chery, who beat Gianluigi Donnarumma with his leg

PSG struggled to find their rhythm, but Mbappe's cross was deflected into Messi's path eight minutes before halftime.

Messi has scored against 39 different Champions League teams. PSG remained passive after halftime, allowing Frantzdy Pierrot and Omer Atzili chances. Vitinha's midfield 

work was crucial for the Ligue 1 champions, and Messi came close after being set up by the diminutive Portuguese. Mabppe scored in the 69th minute off a Messi through ball to put PSG ahead.

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