Neymar scored a hat-trick as Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Red Star Belgrade 6 – 1 in the Group C of the UEFA Champions League.
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Neymar scored his second UEFA Champions League hat-trick as PSG comfortably sailed past Red Star Belgrade at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. This was a perfect response by Les Parisiens, who lost to Liverpool in their UCL opener two weeks ago.
Neymar scored the opener in the 20th minute through a brilliantly curled free kick from 20 yards. Barely two minutes later Mbappe collected Neymar’s through ball before squaring a low pass that was jostled high into the net by the Brazilian, who got his second of the game.
Edison Cavani was the scorer of the third PSG goal with his strike deflecting off Milos Degenek and into the net in the 37th minute. Just a few minutes later Angel Di Maria flicked the ball into the net from a cross by Thomas Meunier for his 56th goal, prompting him into the top 10 all-time scorers for Paris Saint-Germain.
Mbappe, who was poor in front of goal the whole game, finally got on the scoresheet in the 70th minute. The young Frenchman tapped in Juan Bernat‘s excellent cross from the six-yard box, marking his 50th appearance with Paris Saint-Germain with a goal.
Red Star’s Marko Marin scored a consolation goal for the visitors, which the away fans celebrated vigorously in the 74th minute.
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With another beautiful free-kick, Neymar sealed his hat-trick in the 81st minute with a strike flying straight into the top right corner from 25 yards. The Brazillian was absolutely unplayable as he played deeper than his usual wing forward position, making the free-roaming number 10 role in the PSG lineup his own.
The final goal was Neymar’s 10th of the season in all competitions and also his 30th all-time in the Champions League, making him only the 5th South American player to touch that mark, drawing him level with Brazilian legend Kaka. His previous Champions League hat-trick was in December 2013, when he scored three wonderful goals while playing for Barcelona against Celtic.
Paris Saint-Germain take on rivals Olympique Lyonnais on Monday, 8th October and Amiens SC on the 20th of October in Ligue 1 before ultimately hosting Napoli on 24th October for their third UEFA Champions League Group C game.
Red Star Belgrade have four more domestic matches before they travel to Anfield on the 25th of October to take on Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.