PSG named an attacking line-up for the match, with Messi starting alongside Angel Di María, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in a front four.
However, the Parisians could not find their style of play for the most part and fell behind after Lucas Paqueta’s goal, just after half-time.
Despite a relatively quick response in the form of a Neymar penalty, the Ligue 1 champions did not look like finding a winner, with both Di María and Messi replaced in an ambitious set of substitutions with less than 15 minutes to go.
The latter’s change sparked real controversy online, with fans of both PSG and Messi bemused by Pochettino’s decision.
However, Pochettino’s substitutions brought good results in added time, with substitute Mauro Icardi guiding a Mbappe cross home to maintain the French giants’ 100% stat to the new season.
By Brian Ayatta