Paris Saint-Germain obliterated Clermont Foot 63 on Saturday with a 6-1 thumping in Ligue 1 which opened a 15-point gap at the summit thanks to Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both recording hat tricks, as well as a treble of assists from Lionel Messi. The Brazilian started and finished the scoring while also adding a penalty, and the Frenchman had two of his goals laid on by the Argentine and another by Neymar as Les Parisiens’ star trio clicked at Stade Gabriel Montpied.
It took just six minutes for Mauricio Pochettino’s men to open the scoring with Neymar on target from a Messi assist, and he was at it again after 19 minutes when he teed up Mbappe to create an early cushion.
Jodel Dossou got hosts Clermont back into it just before half time, and Pascal Gastien’s men kept PSG within reach until the final 20 minutes when things blew apart with four reasonably quickfire goals to ensure that the capital outfit ran away with the result.
Neymar got his second from the spot with 19 minutes to go before Mbappe added his second from the Brazilian’s assist and completed his hat-trick thanks to Messi within six minutes of each other before providing for Neymar to complete the scoring.
Although the result does not change anything majorly at the summit given that it is a provisional 15-point lead for the Ligue 1 leaders until at least Sunday, it was a savage blow for Clermont’s survival hopes after FC Lorient’s unexpected blowout win over AS Saint-Etienne on Friday.
The performance, admittedly against one of the lower lights in Le Championnat, is proof that PSG’s star attacking trio can click as was their heavy win over Lorient last week. It does give hope for the future if the three play together beyond the end of this season and Mbappe’s current contract.
“We are happy,” Mbappe said after the match. “We had a lot of fun and I think many people will have enjoyed watching us. We continue towards the 10th Ligue 1 title which is not too far now, and we are satisfied. It is a shame that the chemistry is only coming now.
“There has been plenty to delay us, but life is like that — sometimes you win and other times you lose. We must look ahead. Our Champions League elimination is done and there was pain which is still felt but we have to show that we are a great team at a great club which wants to win trophies.”
Next up for PSG are bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille in Le Classique next week in the most prestigious of the French giants’ remaining fixtures this season and maximum points at home should be enough to clinch a record-equaling 10th French title to level with Saint-Etienne.