Leo Messiwith a brace and, above all, a spectacular goal with his back to goal, and Neymar, with a goal and three assists, were the absolute stars of the paris st germain in the 5-0 victory at the Clermont field, this Saturday in the first day of the French Ligue 1. In the absence of Kylian Mbappé due to injury, the two South American stars shone brightly.
Messi sealed the win with a goal to remembercontrolling with his chest a long pass from his Argentine compatriot Leandro Paredes and finishing off with his back to the goal, to put the final 5-0 score in the 86th minute.
The tremendous goal of Lionel Messi against Clermont
Shortly before, in the 80’s, Messi had scored his first goal of the match and of this Ligue 1 by pushing a pass of death offered almost as a gift by Neymar to place.
It was the third assist in the game for the Brazilian, who activated his club’s first goal in this league just in the 9th minute, finishing off after Messi touched lightly on Pablo Sarabia’s cross.
Neymar played his decisive step for his Moroccan teammate Achraf Hakimi (26) to beat the local goalkeeper, with a powerful missing in the direct area to the top corner, and then by hanging a ball that Sergio Ramos narrowly missed but that the also Brazilian Marquinhos (38) headed directly to the red goalkeeper Mory Diaw.
With a three-goal lead at the break, the second half was very quiet for PSG, who sealed the win with Messi’s brace in the final minutes, which put a smile on the Argentine’s face, at the start of his second season in the English team.
Paris Saint-Germain, champions of Ligue 1 last season, thus become leaders of the standings from the start due to a higher goal difference.
PSG’s extraordinary start to the season
The two officials played by the team at this start of the season have resulted in wins by landslide and without conceding a goal, since the previous one was 4-0 against Nantes last weekend in the Champions Trophy (Supercopa de France).
In that match against Nantes, played in Tel Aviv, he was not Kylian Mbappe due to a suspension and the English star played this Saturday in Auvergne due to a problem in the adductors.
Christophe Galtier’s stage as coach of PSG, after having replaced the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, is going by at the moment with complete calm.
Clermont was seventeenth in the last season and seems called this season to fight for permanence.
In the other game this Saturday, Monaco fulfilled a 2-1 victory in Strasbourg. The Senegalese Krepin Diatta (43) and Sofiane Diop (53) joined the team from the Principality and in the 65th the also Senegalese Habib Diallo shortened, but the Alsatians were unable to avoid defeat.
Monaco had cold sweats in the final discount, when the VAR review annulled a goal from Diallo at 90+2.
“I am happy that VAR canceled the goal at the end of the game. It would have been very hard to lose two points. It was important to start the season well and get the first three points to start this marathon,” said Monaco coach, the Belgian Philip Clement.