Lionel Messi scores a kick over the head as PSG beat Clermont in Ligue 1 opener


Lionel Messi scored twice – including an acrobatic kick to the head – as Paris St Germain opened their Ligue 1 campaign with an impressive 5-0 win over Clermont.

Neymar gave PSG the lead after just nine minutes, then bagged Achraf Hakimi to score a second.

Marquinhos nodded in a free kick by Neymar to make it 3-0 before half time.

With 10 minutes to go, Neymar scored PSG’s fourth goal when he played in Messi.

The Argentine maestro capped off a fine team performance as he ran to the Clermont area on a pass from Leandro Paredes, collected the ball to his chest and shot it up to score with a perfectly executed overhead kick.

Previously, Monaco won 2-1 in Strasbourg with goals on either side of halftime from Krepin Diatta, firing in a long-range volley, and Sofiane Diop.

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Strasbourg saw an equalizer in injury time disallowed by VAR for offside in the run-up.

Borussia Dortmund started after Erling Haaland with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in their opening game of the new Bundesliga season at Signal Iduna Park.

Haaland’s £51.1 million move to Manchester City was the most important European transfer of the summer – and Dortmund needed a response after champions Bayern Munich set a milestone with a 6-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night.

Marco Reus calmed any early nerves as he broke the deadlock in the 10th minute.

Leverkusen saw a header by Exequiel Palacio disallowed for offside in the second half and ended the game with 10 men after goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was shown a red card in stoppage time for playing the ball outside his own area.

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Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new head coach Daniel Farke started with a 3-1 home win over 10-man Hoffenheim.

The visitors, who had Andre Breitenreiter at the wheel for the first time, saw defender Stefan Posch leave the field early after he received two yellow cards in four minutes.

Hoffenheim, however, took the lead via Robert Skov on a counterattack, before Ramy Bensebaini equalized just before half time with an acrobatic kick to the head.

Marcus Thuram and Nico Elvedi both struck in the final 20 minutes as Die Fohlen recovered to get their campaign going.

Freiburg won 4-0 at Augsburg. Michael Gregoritsch broke the deadlock against his former club at the start of the second half, before Italian midfielder Vincenzo Grifo quickly crashed into a long-range free kick.

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Matthias Ginter and debutant Ritsu Doan were also both on target during the closing stages to complete a miserable first Bundesliga game for Augsburg coach Enrico Maassen.

Karim Onisiwo scored in each half as Mainz won 2-1 at Bochum, while a late goal by Josuha Guilavogui gave Wolfsburg a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen.

Union Berlin secured local bragging rights with a 3-1 victory over city rivals Hertha at the An Der Alten Forsterei Stadium.

US international Jordan Siebatcheu put the home side up front on the half hour mark, while Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche scored twice in the second half in the space of four minutes.

Dodi Lukebakio offered a late consolation to Hertha, who had avoided falling into last season’s relegation play-off.


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