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Ligue 1 round-up: Messi makes PSG debut, Lille and Monaco earn first win of the season

September 1, 2021 By Ali M.
La Pulga made his Ligue 1 debut while the like of Lille and Monaco ended their horrible start to the season.

Matchday 4 in Ligue 1 has come to a wrap, treating us football fans to some exciting fixtures. The round kicked off with Lyon's 1-0 victory over Nantes on Friday, the French giants first win of the season, with Nice and Marseille enjoying huge triumphs the following day. On Sunday, Monaco and Lille secured crucial victories but all eyes were on one fixture: Reims vs PSG. Lionel Messi made his French top-flight debut, albeit as a second-half sub, as Pochettino's side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 triumph thanks to an Mbappe brace. Here's everything you need to know about the matchday 4 of the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season.

Who are the top five Ligue 1 teams after matchday 4?

Ligue 1, Angers, Clermont, Marseille, PSG, NiceStandings 

Ligue 1 top 3 scorers

Dmitri Payet, Kylian Mbappe, Cengiz Under, Marseille, PSG, Ligue 1, Golden Boot 

Ligue 1 – Top headlines

  • Despite only coming on as a second-half substitute, Lionel Messi was the most fouled player in Reims vs PSG. Somethings never change! Unfortunately, the Argentine did not get the dream debut he was dreaming for as he failed to contribute to a goal, with Kylian Mbappe's brace sealing the 2-0 win.

  • Achraf Hakimi set up Mbappe for the second goal in the 2-0 victory over Reims. This means that the Moroccan has the second-highest assists tally for a defender since 2020/21.

  • Justin Kluivert, the son of the iconic Patrick Kluivert, scored his first goal in Ligue 1 over the weekend. This comes 13-and-a-half years since his father last netted in the French top-flight.

  • Cengiz Under continued his excellent start for Marseille, scoring in their 3-1 triumph over St. Etienne. As a result, he became only the third player in the last decade to net three times in his four appearances for the French giants, following in the footsteps of Payet and Balotelli.

Top matches to watch in Ligue 1: Sept. 10-12, 2021

Lorient vs Lille: Lille finally ended their wait for a win after narrowly beating Montpellier, but the defending champions must prepare for another tricky fixture after the international break. Yilmaz and Co. will take on a Lorient side who have lost only once this season. Do not miss this fixture.

PSG vs Clermont: Will Messi make his home debut? Will he make his first start? Will he finally get to share the pitch with both Neymar and Mbappe? Will he get his first goal? There are so many questions surrounding PSG's upcoming game as they look to make it five wins out of five this season.

Monaco vs Marseille: Monaco are just another team to have started the season poorly, having just won their first game of the season. Unfortunately, things could get tougher for them as they are set to face Marseille straight after the break. Sampaoli's side are fifth of the league and are yet to lose a game in normal time. Make sure to catch their upcoming encounter.

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