Classic match: PSG-Toulouse - Neymar stuns on home debut
Two years ago, Neymar set the Parc des Princes on fire in his first home game, giving a hiding to Toulouse FC, whom PSG take on this Sunday in Ligue 1 Conforama Week 3 action.
For their third game of the season, Paris Saint-Germain will host Toulouse FC on Sunday at 21:00 CET. It's an opportunity to quickly rebound for the capital club after their defeat in Rennes, against an opponent whom they have dominated at the Parc des Princes in recent years (nine wins in Toulouse's last ten league visits).
Two years ago to the day, the Parisians took advantage of this fixture to send a message to the competition, offering a master class at the Parc des Princes (6-2, Week 3), with Neymar shining brightly in the first home match after arriving in the French capital for a world-record fee.
Two goals, two assists and a penalty for Neymar
A week after a convincing Ligue 1 Conforama debut, away to Guingamp, the Brazilian superstar made his arrival in Ligue 1 Conforama official on Sunday, 20 August 2017 with a high-flying performance against Pascal Dupraz's side.
For his debut at the Parc des Princes, Neymar let Toulouse have it: brilliant dribbles, classy moves and above all razor-sharp cutting edge. Directly involved in five of the six Parisian goals (two goals, two assists and one penalty), the Seleçao star showed his new fans the full extent of his talent right from the start. On his own (five chances, seven passes leading to a shot), he ran Toulouse ragged, even though it was they who had opened the scoring, through Max-Alain Gradel (0-1, 18').
Tribute to Blaise Matuidi
But the Parisian reaction was not long in coming. Thirteen minutes later, Neymar scored his first goal at the Park (1-1, 31') before paying tribute to Blaise Matuidi, who had left the previous week for Juventus, during his celebration. The Brazilian delivered his first assist of the evening shortly afterwards, combining with Adrien Rabiot (2-1, 35'). After Marco Verratti's 69th-minute red card, PSG were reduced to ten men but, in the 15 minutes, they really turned it on. Edinson Cavani converted a penalty obtained by Neymar (3-1, 75') before an own-goal from Thiago Silva (3-2, 78th), but the best was yet to come.
Javier Pastore was the first to delight the Parc des Princes faithful by sending a wonderful curling shot into the top corner (4-2, 82'). Two minutes later, Layvin Kurzawa made his mark with a superb acrobatic strike from an unorthodox Neymar corner (5-2, 84').
The Neymar Show
But it was the Brazilian who was in charge of putting the finishing touches to the great Parisian performance. With a series of incredible dribbles in the box, he mystified five opponents before sliding the ball out of Alban Lafont's reach (6-2, 90') to make a debut that completely lived up to his new fans' sky-high expectations.