Champions League - Group C
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Paris St-Germain 6-1 Red Star Belgrade: Neymar hat-trick helps PSG to emphatic win

Neymar
Neymar's hat-trick ensured he became the joint-highest scoring Brazilian in Champions League history, level with Kaka on 30 goals

A Neymar hat-trick inspired Paris St-Germain to an emphatic Champions League Group C victory over Red Star Belgrade at the Parc des Princes.

In a one-sided contest, Neymar set the hosts on their way with an exquisite free-kick which found the bottom left corner from 25 yards out.

The Brazil forward doubled PSG's lead less than three minutes later as the visitors attempted to regroup - guiding a close-range effort into the roof of the net after exchanging passes with Kylian Mbappe.

Edinson Cavani's deflected strike made it three and Angel di Maria flicked Thomas Meunier's cross in for a fourth goal before half-time.

PSG began the competition with a narrow 3-2 defeat at Liverpool but back in Paris, and with Italian midfielder Marco Verratti restored to their starting XI after suspension, this showing was a reminder of the firepower at Thomas Tuchel's disposal.

Despite a determined start, Red Star manager Vladan Milojevic was forced into changes of personnel and tactics at the interval in an attempt to avoid embarrassment.

However, the second period continued in the same fashion as the first.

Visiting goalkeeper Milan Borjan superbly saved a succession of shots as the French Ligue 1 leaders repeatedly carved Red Star open down the left.

On his 50th appearance for PSG, Mbappe received his reward for a fine individual performance by finishing off a sublime move involving Neymar and Juan Bernat to record his 27th goal for the club.

Former Germany international Marko Marin got the Serbian side on the scoresheet with a powerful drive but Neymar had the final word with another superb free-kick.

It ensured he completed his second ever Champions League hat-trick, after one for Barcelona in their 6-1 group stage home win against Celtic in December 2013, and also became the joint-highest scoring Brazilian in Champions League history, level with Kaka on 30 goals.

Verratti the conductor

While the story of this match could easily focus again upon the exploits of Neymar and Mbappe, the two most expensive players on the planet with combined fees of £365.7m, the influence of Verratti on Tuchel's team should not be overlooked.

The 25-year-old Italian was missing as PSG lost at Anfield but back in the starting XI for this fixture, his influence shone through as he laid the platform for a dominant display.

The diminutive Italian set the tone in the opening half-hour, encouraging his team-mates to press high up the pitch and retrieving possession more than any other player.

While Red Star attempted to deploy the same tactics, Verratti's calmness on the ball and ability to pass his way out of tight situations neutralised that tactic.

The Italian also played his part in PSG's first goal, scampering through midfield and setting Neymar away to earn the free-kick from which he scored.

And his range of passing was evident throughout as he played the role of midfield conductor, making more passes and taking more touches than any other player while maintaining a 92.3% pass completion rate.

Red Star outclassed

Red Star had arrived in Paris with a seven-point lead at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga and boasting an unbeaten record stretching back 34 games to a 1-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in last season's Europa League. This assignment, however, proved a step-up in class.

The Serbs earned their place in European football folklore by winning the competition in 1991, when they beat Marseille in the final on penalties.

But while that team was blessed with supremely talented individuals like Vladimir Jugovic, Robert Prosinecki, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Dejan Savicevic, current boss Milojevic is unable to call on of stars of that calibre.

Marin - persuaded to join the club by their first appearance in the group stages since the Champions League rebrand in 1992-1993 - is their most recognisable player. And the draw they earned against Napoli in their opening game in Group C was a resolute, collective effort.

Here, once Neymar's first free-kick of the evening had given the advantage to PSG, the visitors' game-plan largely fell away as they simply lacked the discipline to keep Tuchel's side at bay.

Man of the match - Neymar (Paris St-Germain)

Neymar
Verratti or Mbappe could as easily have got the nod, but Neymar's hat-trick means he has now scored 10 goals in nine competitive games for PSG this season

Prolific PSG - the stats

  • Paris St-Germain have won by four or more goals on five occasions in the Champions League since the start of last season, more than any other side in the competition.
  • PSG have not lost a Champions League group stage game in Paris since December 2004 against CSKA Moscow (1-3), winning 15 of their past 19 such matches since (D4) - including victories in each of their past four.
  • PSG have scored in each of their past 18 Champions League games, the longest current run in the competition.
  • Neymar is the first player to score two direct free-kicks in a Champions League game since Cristiano Ronaldo v Zurich in September 2009.
  • PSG's Kylian Mbappe has been directly involved in 16 goals in his 16 Champions League starts (12 goals, 4 assists).

What's next?

Paris St-Germain welcome Lyon to the Parc des Princes on Sunday 7 October (20:00 BST) in their final game before the international break. Their next Champions League fixture is at home to Napoli on 24 October (20:00 BST).

Red Star Belgrade travel to Zemun in the Serbian SuperLiga on Sunday (12:00) BST) and travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in their next Champions League assignment on 24 October (20:00 BST).

Line-ups

PSG

  • 16Areola
  • 12Meunier
  • 2Thiago SilvaSubstituted forKehrerat 76'minutes
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 14Bernat
  • 6Verratti
  • 25Rabiot
  • 7MbappéSubstituted forChoupo-Motingat 76'minutes
  • 10NeymarSubstituted forDraxlerat 82'minutes
  • 11Di María
  • 9Cavani

Substitutes

  • 4Kehrer
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 17Choupo-Moting
  • 23Draxler
  • 27Diaby
  • 34N'Soki
  • 50Cibois

Red Star Belgrade

  • 82Borjan
  • 30StojkovicBooked at 68mins
  • 90SavicSubstituted forBabicat 45'minutes
  • 5Degenek
  • 23Rodic
  • 7Krsticic
  • 3Jovicic
  • 17Marin
  • 20Causic
  • 21SimicSubstituted forPavkovat 45'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 31Ben NabouhaneSubstituted forEbecilioat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Popovic
  • 9Pavkov
  • 11Ebecilio
  • 15Babic
  • 22Barbosa
  • 29Jovancic
  • 77Gobeljic
Referee:
Artur Dias Soares
Attendance:
39,979

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamRed Star Belgrade
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home34
Away5
Shots on Target
Home17
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 6, Crvena Zvezda 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 6, Crvena Zvezda 1.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lorenzo Ebecilio (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Milan Rodic.

Attempt blocked. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Milos Degenek.

Attempt blocked. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Milos Degenek.

Attempt blocked. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Meunier.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Julian Draxler tries a through ball, but Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lorenzo Ebecilio (Crvena Zvezda).

Foul by Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint Germain).

Milan Pavkov (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adrien Rabiot.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Julian Draxler replaces Neymar.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 6, Crvena Zvezda 1. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lorenzo Ebecilio (Crvena Zvezda).

Foul by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Paris Saint Germain).

Filip Stojkovic (Crvena Zvezda) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting replaces Kylian Mbappé.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Thilo Kehrer replaces Thiago Silva.

Booking

Milan Pavkov (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Milan Pavkov (Crvena Zvezda).

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 5, Crvena Zvezda 1. Marko Marin (Crvena Zvezda) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lorenzo Ebecilio with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Crvena Zvezda. Lorenzo Ebecilio replaces El Fardou Ben.

Attempt missed. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Paris Saint Germain 5, Crvena Zvezda 0. Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Edinson Cavani.

Attempt missed. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Juan Bernat.

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar.

Attempt missed. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

Booking

Filip Stojkovic (Crvena Zvezda) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund22004046
2Atl Madrid22005236
3Club Brugge200214-30
4Monaco200215-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22008266
2Inter Milan22004226
3Tottenham200236-30
4PSV Eindhoven200216-50

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli21101014
2Liverpool21013303
3PSG21018443
4Red Star Belgrade201116-51

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto21102114
2Schalke21102114
3Galatasaray21013123
4Lokomotiv Moscow200204-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax21104134
2Bayern Munich21103124
3Benfica210134-13
4AEK Athens200226-40

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon21104314
2Man City21013303
3Shakhtar Donetsk20204402
4Hoffenheim201134-11

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1CSKA Moscow21103214
2Real Madrid21013123
3Roma21015323
4Viktoria Plzen201127-51

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus22005056
2Man Utd21103034
3Valencia201102-21
4Young Boys200206-60
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