Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Neymar Opens PSG Goals Account In Guingamp Win

Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold celebrates scoring their first goal against Hoffenheim in the UEFA Champions League qualifying playoff first leg in Sinsheim Germany on Tuesday Neymar Opens PSG Goals Account In Guingamp Win
Kristopher Love | 14 August, 2017, 02:41

All in all, it was a pretty ideal debut for Neymar and he's already gone a tiny way to repaying the ridiculous fee paid for him; no doubt these will have been the first major contributions of what is sure to be an extremely colourful period of his career.

Paris Saint-Germain's world record transfer Neymar had a goal and an assist as the capital club dismissed En Avant de Guingamp 3-0 in the Brazilian's PSG debut on Sunday.

The Brazilian, who joined PSG for a record-shattering 222 million euros (202 million pounds) from Barcelona this month, found Edinson Cavani with a perfectly-timed, defence-splitting pass after the break and the Uruguay striker added to Jordan Ikoko's own goal.

"We are trying to improve all the time and we'll get to know each other better yet, but it is easy to play with players of such quality".

Starting on the left of a front three also featuring Cavani and Angel Di Maria, but given considerable licence to roam, the 25-year-old produced plenty of impressive moments in what will surely go down as a memorable start to his PSG career.

Right-back Ikoko, a PSG academy graduate, had been the focus of unfamiliar attention in the build-up as the most likely man to directly oppose Neymar but his downfall early in the second period was all of his own making as his mis-directed pass back towards goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson was too strong and crept in via the upright. Neymar then span a ball in for Marquinhos whose header came back off the post (35'). The assist was for Edison Cavani's 62nd minute goal.

Sunday's other game in France saw Marcelo Bielsa's Lille finish with 10 men in a 3-0 defeat at Strasbourg.