Clermont 0-5 PSG: Neymar, Marquinhos, Hakimi and Messi strike in routine win for Ligue 1 champions
Clermont 0-5 PSG: Lionel Messi’s acrobatic overhead kick seals routine win in Ligue 1 opener for champions after first-half hits from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos
- Neymar gave PSG the lead after nine minutes and Hakimi doubled the advantage
- Marquinhos headed a free kick from Neymar before Brazil’s Messi bet
- The Argentinian then tapped a pass from Paredes on the chest and scored with a bicycle kick
Lionel Messi scored a sensational goal as Paris St Germain started the defense of their Ligue 1 title with an emphatic 5-0 win over Clermont at the Stade Gabriel Montpied on Saturday.
Messi made a good move with goals from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos as they followed last weekend’s 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Nantes with another easy win.
It was only nine minutes before they took the lead as Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, who completed an excellent move.
Brazilian star Neymar (above) put PSG ahead on Saturday night after just nine minutes
Hakimi scored from a lightning-fast counterattack midway through the first half, before Marquinhos headed a Neymar free kick into the net.
Neymar then secured a fourth-place finish for Messi, before the Argentine forward capped off an outstanding performance with a stunning goal, netting a pass from Leandro Paredes and delivering a cycling kick.
Previously, Monaco won 2-1 at Racing Strasbourg after the home team had a final bite equalizer rejected by the VAR.
Lionel Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, who shot at home
Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, completing an excellent move
Monaco, which played out on Tuesday in the preliminary round of the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven, led 2-0 via Krepin Diatta and Sofiane Diop, before Habib Diallo pulled one back in the 65th minute.
Diallo thought he had two minutes of stoppage time left when he went home, but team-mate Alexander Djiku turned out to be offside when he provided the assist and the strike was ruled out to give Monaco the win.
Messi paired with Neymar to score the fourth goal in the 80th minute
Messi caught a pass from Leandro Paredes and then scored with a bike kick finish