Is Neymar’s Hat Trick Powers P.S.G. in Rout?
Paris St.-Germain’s attack overwhelmed Red Star Belgrade, 6-1, in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Neymar scoring a hat trick that included two brilliant free kicks.
P.S.G. Coach Thomas Tuchel went with his strongest lineup up front, with Neymar, the World Cup star Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di María. They all scored in the first half except for Mbappé, who had to wait until the 70th minute for his goal, created with some more deft footwork by Neymar.
“It wouldn’t be fair just to talk about Neymar, but everything revolved around him,” Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic said. “He’s on another level.”
Neymar opened the scoring with his first free kick after 20 minutes, then added his second two minutes later after swapping passes with Mbappé.Cavani beat two players before scoring with a deflected shot in the 37th, and Di María guided in a fourth shortly before the break. Neymar created the fifth with a clever flick over the defense to the Spanish left back Juan Bernat, who cut it back to Mbappé for an easy tap-in.
Red Star midfielder Marko Marin rifled home a shot in the 74th minute to spoil the shutout, then Neymar responded with an even better free kick into the top right corner to finish P.S.G.’s scoring.
BARCELONA 4, TOTTENHAM 2 Lionel Messi received a helping hand from Luis Suárez’s clever dummy runs to score twice and ensure Barcelona overcame Tottenham in London.
Two times, Suárez wisely left the ball drift past him to Messi to claim second-half goals in a virtuoso performance at Wembley Stadium.
Messi was also selfless, helping set up Philippe Coutinho to score into a net unguarded by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the second minute. Ivan Rakitic made it 2-0 with a rocket off the post in the 28th minute.
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