PSG 2-1 Toulouse: Messi and Hakimi's two strikes, enough for Paris

Paris Saint-Germain v Toulouse FC - Ligue 1 Uber Eats
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PSG returned to the Parc des Princes for their 22nd match of the Ligue 1 campaign and pulled off a 2-1 came-from-behind victory against Toulouse for their second win of the week.

It was never going to be an easy match for Le Parisien as they entered the game without six players because of injury or suspension and they lost one more body after 10 minutes and in the first half.

If you look at the last results of PSG you wouldn't be shocked. At the end of the day, Paris Saint-Germain have won three of their last four games only drawing one against Reims on Jan. 29 after conceding a last-second goal playing 10 vs. 11 men.

In reality, though, things have not been that rosy for the Parisian club. For starters, the World Cup break has disrupted their first-half form massively.

Neymar keeps missing games while nurturing his ankle woes after getting banged up in Qatar. Kylian Mbappe just got injured a few days ago and is expected to miss two or three weeks at the very least. Lionel Messi came back not long ago and is still alternating walkouts with games such as Saturday's, in which a couple of magic touches from the boots of the Argentine are enough to lift PSG above their foes.

If you add Marco Verratti's odd behavior and health woes, Kimpembe's never-ending recovery, and Sergio Ramos trying to fool people into believing he didn't suffer a concussion last midweek, well, that paints a rather colorful canvas of PSG's state of affairs.

PSG had to come from behind to defeat Toulouse 2-1 at Parc des Princes

You can add Gianluigi Donnarumma to the bizarre equation, too, considering the goal he allowed against Toulouse from a free-kick that he ate whole after 1) building the weirdest wall in the history of the sport and 2) getting scored on a shot to his post.

That happened in the 20th minute and after a foul committed by the titi El Chadaille Bitshiabu, with the youngster on the pitch in replacement of an injured Renato Sanches. Sanches, according to the earliest reports from Christophe Galtier, suffered "a muscle injury" and is expected to remain out "for weeks."

The difference between Paris (1st in the Ligue 1) and the rest of their competitors is very easy to spot: they have Lionel Messi and the rest of the teams do not. As simple as that. No matter what Carlos Soler, Fabian Ruiz, Hugo Ekitike, or Vitinha fail to accomplish on the pitch, Messi will always be there to solve problems with a couple of sparkling moments.

The first one of those hit the post. The second came in the second half and put PSG ahead on the scoreboard, on the verge of completing their second comeback win of the season after they got put in a similar scenario back in October when they went on to defeat Troyes 4-3.

While Branco van den Boomen open the game with his extraordinary foul kick, it was Morocco international and second-half-of-the-season MVP Achraf Hakimi who brought the fancy fireworks to get the (home) party started with a banger in the 38th minute, bringing things back to a tie.

Lionel Messi, arguably the man of the match hadn't Hakimi scored his game-tying goal and the one igniting PSG's comeback on Saturday, only needed one of his otherworldly left-foot shots to put Paris on top. Ekitike and the very own Hakimi, as you see in the picture above, know what Messi is capable of at any moment.

All in all, PSG dominated Toulouse from start to finish but showed vulnerabilities that might be too costly against the likes of OM next Wednesday, Monaco next Saturday, and Bayern Munich on Valantine's Day.

The players from PSG seem to be totally disconnected. Coach Galtier already said in the past that the team, on the pitch, is broken and split into two very separated units between the defenders and the attackers. Another change of formation against Toulouse didn't bring any improvement.

Not having Neymar and Kylian Mbappe always hurts. Losing a starter after 10 minutes does that, too, even if that man has been a rather bad season. Those things, though, are not reasonable excuses for a club of PSG's flair, status, and expectations.

PSG keeps putting on performances that can definitely win games, but they are not doing enough to put on efforts that win tournaments.

Of course, it would take a disaster for Paris to end up losing the Ligue 1 because of the marathonian nature of the tournament. The French Cup and the Champions League, are totally different (knockout) beasts.

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PSG might be running out of time to find a stable, steady solution to their one-trick-pony tendencies. In fact, they might have already run out of it entirely with OM right around the corner and Bayern lurking on the horizon.