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Messi scored two goals, one from a bicycle kick, and PSG thrashed Clermont at the start of Ligue 1

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) begins its journey in Ligue 1 by visiting Clermont. With Leo Messi Y Neymar boot, but without Kylian Mbappethose of Christophe Galtier begin the defense of the title with televising of ESPN.

The visiting team needed less than 10 minutes to take the lead and did so after a good collective move that was broken when Nuno Mendes leaked from the left a pass into space for the surprise appearance of paul sarabia. The Spaniard reached the bottom, raised his head and looked for Messi with the center behind. The number 30 could not dominate correctly but, accidentally, he assisted Neymar so that he did control and shake with a right cross.

*Hakimi made it 2-0

At 26 minutes came the second. Messi Y Neymar were the protagonists again of a fast counterattack that ended with the former Santos giving a long pass to his partner that he could not reach and who appeared from behind was Hakimiwith pure power, to finish off strong from the right to the near post and put the 2 to 0.

If you shine, the team Galtier got a comfortable early lead. With clear shortcomings in the exits from below, the PSG He was able to take advantage of the attacking partnership of the two former Barcelona players to destroy his adversary’s defensive lines and celebrate almost without breaking a sweat.

The third goal of PSG arrived at 38 minutes, in a ball aprada that Neymar raised to the second post for the entry alone of Marquinhos. The captain did not fail with his header and took advantage of the defensive distraction of the Clermont to enlarge the marker.

*The 3-0 was from Marquinhos

In the complement the intensity dropped, football moved away from the goals and the changes arrived. Leandro Paredes was one of those who entered to add minutes. the box of Galtier He seemed to have no intention of wasting energy in search of more goals and almost unintentionally he got the fourth.

It was a perfect counterattack headed by Messi through the center of the field. The Argentine with ground to run made it to the area without resistance, where he spread the ball to his left towards Neymarwho after a feint and a step went back to look for The flea so that now if he defines from left foot to place crossed and shouts his first goal in the Ligue 1. 4-0.

*Lionel Messi celebrated 4-0

PSG, who started the season on the right foot by beating Nantes 4-0 in the final of the Tropheé des Championsis in full refoundation after the landing of Luis Campos as the new football manager of the club and the appointment of Galtier to replace the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino to put on the technical director diver.

PSG has a loss of weight within its constellation of stars, since Kylian Mbappé was left out of the call product of an annoyance in both adductors. The striker of the French National Team will undergo tests in the next few hours to verify the degree of the injury. In this way, his vacant place in the offensive is occupied by Pablo Sarabia, who is accompanied by Lionel Messi and the Brazilian Neymar.

The new coach is committed to a scheme of three defenders (Sergio Ramos, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe) accompanied by Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes on the wings. The center of the field will be divided between the Italian Marco Verratti and the Portuguese Vitinha (one of the additions) and Gianluigi Donnarumma beat the Costa Rican Keylor Navas to be the starting goalkeeper.

The team from the French capital is also looking to reduce its squad and made a list of expendables, which were left out of the squad list: Ander Herrera, Kurzawa, Julian Draxler, Rafinha, Thilo Kehrer, Georginio Wijnaldum (he ended up in Rome). Nor do Idrissa Guaye (close to Everton) and Mauro Icardi appear (the European press speculates that he was sidelined for this game due to some personal problems).

In addition to Wijnaldum, PSG sold goalkeepers Alphonse Areola (West Ham) and Marcin Bulka (Nice) and released Ángel Di María (signed with Juventus). In return, he executed the purchase option on Nuno Mendes, bought the passes of midfielders Vitinha and Renato Sanches and obtained the loan of striker Hugo Ekitiké.

Clermont, for its part, has a completely different budget than its rival. Last season he participated for the first time in his history in the highest category of French football and his main objective will be permanence, something that he achieved in the previous tournament in a long-suffering way when he finished in 17th place.


Stadium: Stade Gabriel Montpied

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