Argentine Lionel Messi scored two goals, one of them acrobat, and the Brazilian Neymar assisted three decisive balls and added a goal to start Paris Saint-Germain’s campaign to defend its title in the French Football League with a sweeping 5-0 victory over its host Clermont, in the absence of his star Kylian Mbappe injured.
Neymar continued the levels he made in the preparatory period and scored the first goal (9), while the second came from the signing of Moroccan international Ashraf Hakimi (26) and the third from another Brazilian defender Marquinhos (39), before Messi concluded with a fourth goal (80) and a fifth acrobati (86). ).
The new coach of the French capital team, Christophe Galtier, who led Lille to the league title surprisingly in 2021, began with the same squad that participated in the Nantes meeting in the Champions Cup, with the adoption of the 3-4-3 method, and the presence of the newcomer, Portuguese midfielder Vetnia.
With an offensive line that included Neymar, Messi and Spaniard Pablo Sarabia in the absence of the injured Kylian Mbappe, Saint-Germain made a fiery start at the “Gabriel Montpellier” stadium, and Neymar had a first chance when he hit the ball from the middle of the area and bounced from the defense to a corner.
However, the Brazilian did not delay to open the result after Messi failed to tame a cross from Portuguese Nuno Mendes to reach the international striker in the middle of the area, with a powerful shot to the right of the goalkeeper (9).
Hakimi doubled the visitors’ progress after they grabbed the ball and launched a rebound, after which the ball reached Neymar, and from Jamila Biniya to the Moroccan on the right side in the area, with a wonderful powerful shot at the ceiling of the goal from a narrow angle (26).
The Brazilian played the role of the passer again this time when he lifted the ball from a free kick that his compatriot Marquinhos followed with a header into the net (39).
Messi almost got his goal before the break when he received the ball from Neymar near the post, but the goalkeeper blocked it brilliantly and turned it into a corner (45 + 1).
The pace of the match calmed down in the second half, and there were no dangerous chances for the two goals at first, and the first dangerous chance for the owners of the land came when Serbian striker Komen Andric turned himself from the outskirts of the area and hit a sudden ball over the crossbar (52).
Messi scored his first personal goal when he went in the middle of the field and passed the ball to Neymar inside the area, who was not selfish and returned it to the Argentine, who shot it from close range into the net (80).
The Argentine scored his second goal in a superb way after his substitute compatriot Leandro Paredes raised a beautiful ball over the defenders, tamed by the seven-time Golden Ball holder with his chest and back to the goal and followed by an acrobatic left “on the bird”.