Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Red Star Belgrade
Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 Red Star Belgrade: Neymar steals the show with dazzling hat-trick as Thomas Tuchel’s side run riot in Champions League
- Neymar opened the scoring for Paris Saint-Germain with a delightful free-kick
- The Brazilian put the hosts 2-0 ahead after a fine team move two minutes later
- Edison Cavani then added a third before Angel di Maria got on the scoresheet
- Kylian Mbappe netted a fifth, tapping home from close range on Wednesday
- Marko Marin added a consolation goal for Red Star Belgrade at Parc des Princes
- And Neymar clinched his hat-trick with another exquisite free-kick late on
Paris saint Germain got their champions league campaign back on track with a 6-1 home rout of Serbian side Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday as Neymar lit up a lop-sided Group C clash with a hat-trick.
Angel di Maria, Edinson Cavani and France World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe added a goal each as the French champions ripped into 1991 European Cup winners Red Star, who were spared a heavier defeat by goalkeeper Milan Borjan.
The result left PSG on three points from two games after their opening 3-2 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield.
Paris Saint-Germain: Areola, Meunier, Kimpembe, Thiago Silva (Kehrer 75), Bernat, Verratti, Rabiot, Mbappe (Choupo-Moting 75), Neymar (Draxler 81), Di Maria, Cavani.
Scorers: Neymar 20, 22, 80 Cavani 37, Di Maria 41, Mbappe 70
Red Star Belgrade: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic (Babic 45), Degenek, Rodic, Jovicic, Krsticic, Marin, Causic, Simic (Pavkov 45), Ben (Ebecillo 73).
Scorers: Marin 74
Booked: Stojkovic, Pavkov
Referee: Artur Soraes Dias (Portugal)
Cavani made it 3-0 with a deflected shot from inside the penalty area in the 37th minute before Di Maria added a fourth from close range after Thomas Meunier floated in a superb pass with the outside of his foot.
In between the goals and early in the second half, Borjan pulled off a string of superb saves to deny Neymar and Mbappe on multiple occasions as PSG carved open Red Star’s defence at will, with Mbappe also guilty of some sloppy finishing.
Mbappe finally found the back of the net in the 70th minute after a dazzling move involving Neymar and Juan Bernat left the 19-year-old with a simple tap in from close range.
Red Star, playing in the competition’s group stages for the first time, scored their maiden goal on the big stage when midfielder Marko Marin buried a shot from into the top corner in his team’s first purposeful move.
Borjan could only offer a wry smile when Neymar put the icing on the cake of a brilliant individual performance as he unleashed another breathtaking free-kick in the 81st minute before he was substituted.
Cavani had the ball in the back of the net again shortly afterwards but the goal was disallowed for a marginal offside as PSG kept their feet on the pedal until the final whistle.