There was no shortage of goals as the star-studded trio Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo And Kylian Mbappe Everyone found the back of the net but in the end, it was PSG, who edged past Saudi All Stars XI 5-4 in a classic friendly tie that will go down in history. Messi, Ronaldo and Mbappe gave an hour each to enthrall the Riyadh crowd, and they did not disappoint. Messi opened the scoring with braces from Ronaldo and Mbappe just a minute after the first whistle, giving fans an unforgettable night of football.
The first half was a breather for 45 minutes. It was Messi and Ronaldo who got their names on the scoring sheet, with two penalties saved and a shocking red card. Messi silenced Ronaldo’s home crowd three minutes into the match. After some great interplay between Mbappe and Neymar, Messi grabbed the chip and flicked it into the net. Twenty-nine minutes later, Keylor Navas inadvertently caught Ronaldo on the arm in the air, resulting in a penalty, which the star forward successfully converted – crashing into the top corner – to equalise. SIUUUUU came out!
If booking Navas wasn’t enough, Juan Bernat was shown a red card, leaving PSG down to 10 men. But being a man down meant nothing for PSG, who restored the lead as Marquinhos chipped home a corner cross with delight. PSG could have put the game to bed then but Mbappe missed his first real chance to deny his side a third. Then came the biggest shock of the match – when Neymar incredibly missed a penalty. With a host of extra time, Ronaldo was once again in action and latched onto the rebound after his header hit the bar to make it a thrilling 2-2 scoreline at half-time.
Seven minutes into the second half, Sergio Ramos read an extraordinary pass from Mbappe to put PSG ahead, but minutes later Jang Hyun-So leveled the game once again with a goal past Navas. . Between the 60th and 61st minutes, Mbappe continued the scoring spree, converting the penalty with ease, before replacing the failed trio of the Frenchman, Messi and Ronaldo. At 4-3, PSG were ahead but given the number of goals and half an hour left on the clock, who knew how many more were to come?
The answer was one though. Substitute Hugo Iketek raced clear in the 78th minute to give PSG a caution and, in all likelihood, the last goal of the game. Or so it seemed. With the four extra minutes ticking, Andre Carrillo’s snap shot went over the bar but Anderson Talisca had other plans and reduced the deficit with a last-minute goal before the final whistle.