Neymar's hat-trick helps PSG to emphatic win over Red Star Belgrade

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Neymar got a hat-trick in PSG's 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade
Neymar got a hat-trick in PSG's 6-1 win over Red Star Belgrade

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG)returned to winning ways in their Champions League campaign, hammering Red Star Belgrade 6-1 at Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening.

It was an impressive recovery from their opening day away loss to Liverpool at Anfield on Match Day One.

No doubt PSG were inspired by Neymar as he scored a hat-trick and also goals  from Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe helped the French Ligue 1 champions to get their campaign back on track after that disappointing loss at Anfield.

Neymar receives the match ball as reward for his hat-trick

Thomas Tuchel's men made it count against a hapless Red Star side, the Brazilian leading the charge with two goals in the space of two first-half minutes, the first a delightful curling free-kick, before completing his hat trick from another stunning free-kick late on.

The win pushes Les Parisiens to second place on three points, leading Liverpool also on three points with goal difference while, the group table has Napoli on top, courtesy their 1-0 win against Liverpool in Naples.

Now, Tuchel's men have all to fight for as they push for a place in the Round of 16 when they honour the double-header encounter next against Napoli.

The Serbians grabbed a consolation goal through Marko Marin in the second half, but they could not cope with the home side's front four, a quartet who cost PSG almost 530 million euros ($610 million) in transfer fees alone.

Such was the imbalance between the teams that PSG were never likely to be troubled despite playing this game with one end of the Parc des Princes closed, a punishment following incidents in the defeat against Real Madrid back in March.

The star-studded PSG side showed their class against the Serbian side

Neymar had already drawn plenty of attention from opponents before he won the free kick which led to the opening goal in the 20th minute, the Brazilian getting up to curl a fine strike past Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan from 25 yards.

The French league leaders scored again two minutes later as Neymar found Mbappe before meeting the return pass with a lovely cushioned finish.

That was Neymar's ninth goal in nine games this season between Ligue 1 and Champions League.

The former Barcelona forward may not yet be back to the same level as before his injury, but he certainly looks in the mood again, with his performance here also notable for a brilliant nutmeg on Milos Degenek that created another shooting opportunity just before half-time.

 Source: AFP