Magnificent Messi inspires PSG to 5-0 win over Clermont

Magnificent Messi inspires PSG to 5-0 win over Clermont

Published August 7, 2022
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Lionel Messi scored a sensational bicycle-kick goal as Paris Saint-Germain began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Clermont at the Stade Gabriel Montpied on Saturday.

Neymar then provided a fourth for Messi, before the Argentine forward capped off an excellent performance with a stunning goal, chesting a pass from Leandro Paredes and providing a bicycle-kick finish.

PSG were without the third member of their star forward trio, Kylian Mbappe, due to injury. New coach Christophe Galtier handed Ligue 1 debuts for PSG to summer arrivals Vitinha, Hugo Ekitike and Nordi Mukiele.

“A lot of satisfaction, first and foremost with the win,” Galtier said afterward. “Winning the game and scoring five goals is important, as is not conceding any chances and maintaining high levels throughout, even when the gaps were getting larger.