Ligue 1. Putting the lead, Neymar and Mbappé define with a two-handed hat-trick: PSG 6-1

Messi, Neymar’s heel, Messi and Mbappé hangs it from a corner with his bent right hand. PSG flourishes, the trident has fun.

The 3-1 was a hard blow for Clermont, who until then could have hoped for the feat of a draw. But the PSG trident comes together to give the game a final cut. Messi, like all night, is organized from the center and combines with Neymar, who assists Mbappé: 4-1.

Referee Eric Wattellier saw a penalty for a nonexistent foul by Zedadka on Mbappé. The Clermont defender steps forward and the French striker hits him from behind and falls. A criminal invention Messi does not ask for it, Neymar executes it: 3-1 for PSG.

Messi’s expression seems to say “you can’t take this goal away from me …” The referee charges Mbappé offside, who had received from Leo and sent a cross that the Argentine defined with a header. He went to the Frenchman’s embrace and there his smile turned into a helpless grimace.

The game goes back and forth. Desmas takes the third from Mbappé and Donnarumma asks to avoid a draw.

Whenever Messi is in front of the area with the ball dominated, he is a threat to Clermont. The Argentine is lucid in seeing the best placed teammate. He opened on the left, where Neymar took a curved shot that went into the stands.

The trident connects in an attack. From Messi to Mbappé, which stretches Neymar. The Brazilian deepens on the left and sends a low center that Leo does not reach by centimeters.

The Spaniard wants to play after a long time of inactivity due to injuries. With the position of defensive leader he comes out with the ball dominated from behind and also looks for the header in offensive plays with the ball stopped. He connects a center that goes up.

Messi is shown to start the match as soon as the ball passes to the center of the pitch. Yohann Magnin, one of Clermont’s two defensive midfielders, is the most aware of his movements, hitting him whenever possible, but the Argentine makes many moves to gain space.

With a top-to-bottom performance, PSG goes to the to break with a 2-1 win. Far superior in the first half hour, when Messi was decisive with his assists in the middle of the attack. His partners Neymar and Mbappé took care of the finishing touch. He painted for a landslide, but PSG is usually unstable and falls into concessions. Clermont took the opportunity to discount and enter a game that was very far away.

As if he had blamed the wake-up call, PSG immediately launched another deep attack, with a Neymar shot that goalkeeper Arthur Desmas deflected for a corner.

Neymar defines with the left in the first goal of PSG
Neymar defines with the left in the first goal of PSGTHIERRY ZOCCOLAN – AFP

Confident of how easy everything was, PSG takes a break and Clermont revives. Build a good game on the left, with a crisscross center and definition under the arch of Yodel Dosso. Notice to PSG.

Paredes will miss the rest of the season due to injury. His place in midfield is occupied by Marco Verratti, usually one of the interns. The Italian has to deal more with the balance between attack and defense, even if Clermont’s limits also allow him to bring the ball into the opponent’s field.

Clermont tried some counterattacks, but not enough to worry Donnarumma. It is an inferior team in terms of individual and collective quality. PSG have close to 70% possession. Aside from a turnaround that no one guesses, the game loses uncertainty about the outcome. PSG arrives with the ball dominated even inside the local area. As soon as you change the last touch, more achievements will come. Messi looks for his.

PSG let it go, it is confident. Clermont blames him for being inferior. From left, Neymar concedes a high pass a Messi, who sleeps the ball with his chest and with a subtle touch of the left he enables Mbappé, author of the 2-0. Leo continues to increase his personal account of assists: there are already 13. Mbappé has transformed the 18th in the tournament.

Messi is active. He intervenes continuously. He makes a lot of contact with the ball in the center lanes. A landing on the goal of the area is defined with a right shot. He goes over the crossbar.

Messi shakes hands with Mbappé, who scored PSG's second goal
Messi shakes hands with Mbappé, who scored PSG’s second goalTHIERRY ZOCCOLAN – AFP

PSG does not take long to reflect its superiority on the scoreboard. It is played very close to the area. Clermont tries to close the lines, but Messi finds the crack to deal with Neymar, which defines left-handed. It was Messi’s 12th goal in Ligue 1 and the Brazilian’s eighth goal. The validation required the assistance of the VAR due to a stomp by Mbappé on an opponent inside the area, on the ground at the time of the goal. No foul was called.

Paris Saint Germain meets a Clermont who is waiting for him on the ground with a 4-4-2. Neymar is in pain after a rival tackle. Messi, positioned inside, tries to assist the Brazilian who goes long.

Foot of Clermonta team from a city where rugby is the strongest sport, lost their last four games and he hasn’t won for five. They rose last season and are now 17, just one point above the position the Promotion will play against a second division team. His coach, Pasquale Gastien, In an interview with L’Equipe, he said that, despite having the lowest budget in the category, he has not resigned himself to trying a game of possession and touch.

The Spanish defender has played very little this season due to injuries. With captain Marquinhos absent due to muscle problems, Sergio Ramos will play his sixth game in Ligue 1, his third as a starter.

After all three goals scored in a match the previous day since they shared the attack (5-1 against Lorient), Messi, Neymar and Mbappé will look to take another step in the pursuit of the title.

Di María, in rehabilitation due to a muscle disorder, will only return to training next week, which also questions his presence in the next game against the Olympique de Marseille shooting guard, who will visit the Parc des Princes hoping to reduce his current difference of 12 points. Paredes, for his part, will no longer be available this season because he underwent a groin surgery on Thursday and will have a recovery of about two months. Another Argentine, Mauro Icardi from Rosario, will be on the bench at the disposal of the team’s coach, compatriot Mauricio Pochettino.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG), leader of the French Ligue 1, visits Clermont today on the 31st in the presence of the Argentine Lionel Messi, but without his compatriots Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, both injured. The match will be played from 16:00 in Argentina with broadcast from ESPN and the Star + platform. From now on LA NACION will follow the day minute by minute.

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