Record Champions League win for PSG

UEFA Champions League
22/11/2017

By D. Crossan

Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Celtic 7-1 at the Parc des Princes to set a new club record UEFA Champions League victory. Neymar and Edinson Cavani both scored twice in the rout.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UEFA Champions League, Matchday 5 - Group B

Parc des Princes

Logo Paris Saint-Germain Paris Saint-Germain 7-1 Celtic FC

THE MATCH

The record books needed to be close to hand as PSG's display was every bit as impressive statistically as their attacking play. The devastating prowess of Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappé proved far too much for the Scottish champions and continues to make PSG's rivals for the title sit up and take notice. This 7-1 expunged the 7-2 against Rosenborg in October 2000 from the club history books.

Shock Dembélé opener

PSG made the worst possible start as they conceded a first-minute goal to PSG youth product Moussa Dembélé, the first goal Paris had conceded in this season's competition and their quickest concession in Champions League history. Olivier Ntcham pulled a corner back to fellow French Under-21 international Dembélé, whose shot beat Alphonse Areola despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it.

PSG gave the ball away plenty in the opening 20 minutes but - as almost always this season - their formidable attacking talent saw them fine. Nine minutes in Adrien Rabiot surged onto a poor Scott Brown pass and set up Neymar inside the box. The Brazilian did the rest, tucking a low shot into the corner beyond Craig Gordon.

PSG run riot; MCN all in on act

Dembélé and Ntcham had half-chances before Neymar's sumptuous second, again finished left-footed into the same corner after a sublime one-two with Marco Verratti. Edinson Cavani got in on the act before the half-hour as Neymar shouldered a Dani Alves cross the Uruguayan's way and the centre-forward slammed home his 150th goal in PSG colours.

Kylian Mbappé ensured all of the MCN were on the scoresheet for the fifth time in their nine starts together as the former Monaco man's powerful shot went in despite Gordon getting plenty on it. Celtic were out classed and the hosts were rampant.

It looked as though PSG had eased up in the second half ahead of the Ligue 1 Conforama leaders' top-of-the table trip to champions Monaco on Sunday. But then came a flurry of goals, three of them in five minutes between the 75th and 80th minutes.

Three in five minutes to smash records

Verratti netted PSG's fifth, to match the five they'd scored in Glasgow in their opener, a crisp right-footed shot into the corner from the edge of the box. A Cavani volley from a great Layvin Kurzawa cross moved him on to 151 for Paris, now just five shy of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's club record.

PSG scored some screamers, arguably none better than the Dani Alves goal that followed swiftly on from cavani's as with no backlift the Brazilian right back hit the back of the net from range. As Bayern Munich won at Anderlecht PSG haven't yet secured top spot in the group. To do that they'll need to avoid losing by more than the 3-0 they inflicted on Bayern when they go to Bavaria on December 5.

THE PLAYER: Neymar

Neymar has scored in all five Champions League games for PSG this season and this was the Brazilian's first double. The world's most expensive player was in impish mood and delighted the crowd with a series of tricks and his link-up with Cavani and Mbappé.

THE STAT: 24

Verratti's goal meant PSG established a new record for the number of goals scored in the Champions League group phase, eclipsing the 21 plundered by Borussia Dortmund last season. PSG now have 24 goals with one match still to play.

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