Neymar goal, assist in PSG debut win; Falcao propels Mbappe-less Monaco

Neymar goal, assist in PSG debut win; Falcao propels Mbappe-less Monaco
From ESPN - August 13, 2017

Neymar scored a goal and provided an assist as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Guingamp 3-0 in the former Barcelona star's club debut on Sunday.

Neymar, who sensationally moved to PSG from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million last week, started alongside fellow South Americans Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria up front.

The Brazil No. 10's debut created an electric atmosphere in the Stade municipal de Roudourou, but expectant fans were forced to wait until the second half to see goals. And it was the home side who provided the opener, albeit for the visitors.

Neymar's through ball for Cavani was initially cut out by a lunging defender, only to see the ball fall toJordan Ikoko, who inexplicably back-passed past goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson and into his own net in the 52nd minute.

Ten minutes later, PSG worked a goal of their own -- Neymar, working on the left, sliding a perfect through ball behind the defence for Cavani, who shaped his right-footed shot around the keeper and inside the far post.

And Neymar collected his debut goal eight minutes from time. This time, Cavani turned provider. After dancing around a defender, the Uruguay international found a free Neymar at the goalmouth, where he side-footed into the roof of the net.

The win gives Unai Emery's men two wins from two matches in the young Ligue 1 campaign.

Radamel Falcao netted a hat trick while Kylian Mbappe watched from the bench as champions Monaco made it two wins out of two Ligue 1 games so far with a comfortable 4-1 triumph at Dijon.

Nine days on from Mbappe limping off in the 3-2 victory over Toulouse, and amid considerable speculation linking him with a move to Paris St Germain, the 18-year-old was named as a substitute for this contest by boss Leonardo Jardim.

And he remained unused as fellow forward Falcao took centre stage at the Stade Gaston Gerard.


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