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Guingamp 0-3 PSG: Neymar scores and assists

by 13/08/2017 19:01:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Neymar scores on Paris Saint-Germain debut following his world-record £198million transfer from Barcelona
  • The most expensive footballer also provided an excellent assist for Edinson Cavani, who sets him up in return
  • Guingamp right back Jordan Ikoko netted a comedy own goal as a risky back-pass went horribly wrong

By Press Association

Published: 16:49 EDT, 13 August 2017 | Updated: 19:01 EDT, 13 August 2017

Neymar marked his Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal and an assist as the capital club cruised to a comfortable Ligue 1 win at Guingamp.

The Brazil forward, making his much-anticipated first appearance for PSG since joining them from Barcelona for a world-record £198million transfer fee, opened his account with a simple close-range finish in the 82nd minute, set up by Edinson Cavani.

Neymar had earlier provided a delightful 62nd-minute pass from which Cavani struck to make it 2-0. 

Neymar marked his Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal and an assist as his new team beat Guingamp 3-0 on Sunday night
Neymar marked his Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal and an assist as his new team beat Guingamp 3-0 on Sunday night

Neymar marked his Paris Saint-Germain debut with a goal and an assist as his new team beat Guingamp 3-0 on Sunday night

The £198million man produced an excellent long-range pass to set up Edinson Cavani, before scoring the final goal himself
The £198million man produced an excellent long-range pass to set up Edinson Cavani, before scoring the final goal himself

The £198million man produced an excellent long-range pass to set up Edinson Cavani, before scoring the final goal himself

But PSG's opening strike was a gift, possibly from above, as Guingamp defender Jordan Ikoko netted a calamitous own goal
But PSG's opening strike was a gift, possibly from above, as Guingamp defender Jordan Ikoko netted a calamitous own goal

But PSG's opening strike was a gift, possibly from above, as Guingamp defender Jordan Ikoko netted a calamitous own goal

Neymar was lively during the first half, which PSG dominated against a Guingamp side who finished 10th in Ligue 1 last season
Neymar was lively during the first half, which PSG dominated against a Guingamp side who finished 10th in Ligue 1 last season
He touched the ball 68 times during a busy 45 minutes
He touched the ball 68 times during a busy 45 minutes

Neymar was lively during the first half, which PSG dominated against a Guingamp side who finished 10th in Ligue 1 last season

But the Brazilian superstar only registered one shot during the opening period and it went high over the Guingamp crossbar
But the Brazilian superstar only registered one shot during the opening period and it went high over the Guingamp crossbar

But the Brazilian superstar only registered one shot during the opening period and it went high over the Guingamp crossbar

MATCH FACTS 

Guingamp: Johnsson, Ikoko, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Braga Rebocho, Deaux, Didot (Thuram 79), Camara (Phiri 71), Salibur, Coco (Blas 80), Briand

Subs not used: Diallo, Caillard, Eboa Eboa, Giresse

Booked: Ikoko, Deaux 

PSG: Areola, Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa, Verratti (Pastore 80), Motta, Rabiot (Matuidi 87), Di Maria, Cavani, Neymar

Subs not used: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Ganchinho Guedes, Nkunku

Booked: Verratti, Motta

Goals: Ikoko (52 og), Cavani (62), Neymar (82)

Referee: Antony Gautier

And the world's most expensive player had also been involved in the build-up to the opener in the 52nd minute, a Jordan Ikoko own-goal, as he attempted to play in Cavani.

Starting on the left of a front three also featuring Cavani and Angel di Maria, but given considerable licence to roam, the 25-year-old produced plenty of impressive moments in what will surely go down as a memorable start to his PSG career.

In the very first minute he almost picked out Di Maria with an excellent lofted ball forward that just ran beyond the Argentine.

And in the 15th his pass was moved by Thiago Motta on to Cavani, whose shot was blocked by the foot of Guingamp goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Neymar had his first effort on goal in the 19th minute, firing over the bar after advancing past a couple of men to the edge of the box, then delivered a superb cross that Marquinhos headed against the bar in the 35th minute.

Johnsson did well to push a Cavani free-kick over the bar soon after, and as PSG kept up the pressure, Neymar then went to ground in the Guingamp box having tangled with Etienne Didot.

Referee Antony Gautier waved away his claims for a penalty - and reacted the same way when Di Maria hit the deck moments later following a challenge by Johnsson. 

Cavani was the only player to hit the target in the first half, forcing two saves out of goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson
Cavani was the only player to hit the target in the first half, forcing two saves out of goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson

Cavani was the only player to hit the target in the first half, forcing two saves out of goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson

Neymar appealed for a penalty, then Angel Di Maria did likewise - but the referee correctly did not award a spot-kick to either
Neymar appealed for a penalty, then Angel Di Maria did likewise - but the referee correctly did not award a spot-kick to either

Neymar appealed for a penalty, then Angel Di Maria did likewise - but the referee correctly did not award a spot-kick to either

Hosts Guingamp self-destructed and gifted PSG the lead courtesy of a really embarrassing own goal in the 52nd minute
Hosts Guingamp self-destructed and gifted PSG the lead courtesy of a really embarrassing own goal in the 52nd minute

Hosts Guingamp self-destructed and gifted PSG the lead courtesy of a really embarrassing own goal in the 52nd minute

Guingamp right back Ikoko, formerly of PSG B, played an unnecessarily risky back-pass which was meant for Johnsson
Guingamp right back Ikoko, formerly of PSG B, played an unnecessarily risky back-pass which was meant for Johnsson

Guingamp right back Ikoko, formerly of PSG B, played an unnecessarily risky back-pass which was meant for Johnsson

However, Johnsson, on the stretch, was unable to gather the ball which nestled in the back of his net via his foot, then the post
However, Johnsson, on the stretch, was unable to gather the ball which nestled in the back of his net via his foot, then the post

However, Johnsson, on the stretch, was unable to gather the ball which nestled in the back of his net via his foot, then the post

Yannis Salibur sent a shot wide of the PSG goal just before the break and Didot fired over shortly after the interval, but the visitors were soon back on the front foot and it was no surprise when they took the lead - only how it came about.

Neymar's attempted pass to Cavani was intercepted by Pedro Rebocho, diverting the ball to Ikoko, who somehow managed to send it past his own goalkeeper and into the net.

A fine Rebocho tackle then took the ball away from Neymar just as he was about to shoot, but the new arrival seemed to really be getting into the groove and three minutes later he slid in a wonderful pass for Cavani, who slotted past Johnsson.

It looked as if that might be his most notable contribution, with Johnsson saving well to deny him towards the end, but within seconds of that effort Neymar put the ball into the net, firing in from Cavani's cutback. 

PSG began to play with much more confidence after taking the lead and it wasn't long before it was 2-0, thanks to Cavani
PSG began to play with much more confidence after taking the lead and it wasn't long before it was 2-0, thanks to Cavani

PSG began to play with much more confidence after taking the lead and it wasn't long before it was 2-0, thanks to Cavani

Cavani was set up by a terrific Neymar through pass, which sliced through the Guingamp back-line from near the halfway line
Cavani was set up by a terrific Neymar through pass, which sliced through the Guingamp back-line from near the halfway line
Neymar's pass was perfectly timed
Neymar's pass was perfectly timed

Cavani was set up by a terrific Neymar through pass, which sliced through the Guingamp back-line from near the halfway line

Fittingly, Neymar had the final say on his big night as he finished neatly from close range following good play from Cavani
Fittingly, Neymar had the final say on his big night as he finished neatly from close range following good play from Cavani

Fittingly, Neymar had the final say on his big night as he finished neatly from close range following good play from Cavani

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