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Clermont 0-5 PSG: Neymar, Marquinhos, Hakimi and Messi strike in routine win for Ligue 1 champions

Clermont 0-5 PSG: Lionel Messi’s acrobatic overhead kick seals routine win in Ligue 1 opener for champions after first-half hits from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos

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Lionel Messi scored a sensational goal as Paris St Germain started the defense of their Ligue 1 title with an emphatic 5-0 win over Clermont at the Stade Gabriel Montpied on Saturday.

Messi made a good move with goals from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos as they followed last weekend’s 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Nantes with another easy win.

It was only nine minutes before they took the lead as Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, who completed an excellent move.

Brazilian star Neymar (above) put PSG ahead on Saturday night after just nine minutes

Brazilian star Neymar (above) put PSG ahead on Saturday night after just nine minutes

Hakimi scored from a lightning-fast counterattack midway through the first half, before Marquinhos headed a Neymar free kick into the net.

Neymar then secured a fourth-place finish for Messi, before the Argentine forward capped off an outstanding performance with a stunning goal, netting a pass from Leandro Paredes and delivering a cycling kick.

Previously, Monaco won 2-1 at Racing Strasbourg after the home team had a final bite equalizer rejected by the VAR.

Lionel Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar's path, who shot at home

Lionel Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar's path, who shot at home

Lionel Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, who shot at home

Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar's path, completing an excellent move

Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar's path, completing an excellent move

Messi brilliantly shot the ball into Neymar’s path, completing an excellent move

Monaco, which played out in the preliminary round of the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday, led 2-0 via Krepin Diatta and Sofiane Diop, before Habib Diallo pulled one back in the 65th minute.

Diallo thought he had two minutes of stoppage time left when he went home, but team-mate Alexander Djiku turned out to be offside when he provided the assist and the strike was ruled out to give Monaco the win.

Messi paired with Neymar to score the fourth goal in the 80th minute

Messi paired with Neymar to score the fourth goal in the 80th minute

Messi paired with Neymar to score the fourth goal in the 80th minute

Messi caught a pass from Leandro Paredes and then scored with a bike kick finish

Messi caught a pass from Leandro Paredes and then scored with a bike kick finish

Messi caught a pass from Leandro Paredes and then scored with a bike kick finish

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