Watch: PSG’s Lionel Messi misses costly penalty against Real Madrid

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint Germain during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg One match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at Parc des Princes on February 15, 2022 in Paris, France

Lionel Messi wasted a chance to put PSG in the lead against Real Madrid after Thibaut Courtois saved his second-half penalty.

PSG were awarded a spot-kick just past the hour mark and the 34-year-old shouldered responsibility from 12-yards in the last 16 tie at Parc des Princes.

For all of Messi’s greatness, he hasn’t always been the most reliable penalty taker, and it showed again.

Messi’s attempt was saved well low down by Courtois to keep Madrid on level terms in the first leg.

It would have been a 27th career goal for the Argentina international against the Spanish giants should he have converted.

Messi is hoping to have an impact against Madrid akin to his memorable match-winning display in the semi-final of the competition in 2011 – Messi netted twice to help his former club Barcelona progress into a second final in three years.

A penalty miss wasn’t in Messi’s script for proceedings.

“It’s difficult to work on penalties,” Messi told Catalunya Radio in 2016.

“It’s not the same taking them in training as it is in a game. You can have an idea in your head or something you have worked on, but it’s more difficult than it seems.”

It looked as though Messi’s miss was going to cost PSG a first-half victory, but in the end second-half substitute Neymar and Kylian Mbappe linked up brilliantly to score an injury-time winner for the Ligue 1 outfit. They go into the second leg at the Bernabeu with a 1-0 lead.

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