Neymar + Mbappe + Messi = Fireworks!
PSG hammered Maccabi Haifa 7-2 in the Champions League with superstar forwards Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi all on the scoresheet.
Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the group stages of the Champions with a game to spare thanks to a 7-2 demolition of Maccabi Haifa at the Parc des Princes.
Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi, and Neymar were all on the scoresheet as the home side's superstar forwards turned on the style and then some.
The game was disrupted in the early minutes by fans letting off flairs and pyrotechnics in the stands and when play restarted, it was PSG who provided the fireworks on the pitch.
Messi celebrated his 50th goal in PSG colours by scoring two glorious goals and picking up two assists as he continued the superb form he's shown this season.
Mbappe also bagged a eye-catching brace, while Neymar pulled the strings all night long and also deservedly ended up on the scoresheet for the Parisiens.
Below, GOAL runs through the winners and losers from a big win for PSG...
The Argentina international has not lifted the European Cup since 2015 but you wouldn’t bet against the little genius getting his hands on the trophy again this season, particularly given the way he has started the campaign for PSG. Messi had done very little until he poked home the opener with a gorgeous finish. The goal seemed to spark the 35-year-old into life as he combined with Neymar and Mbappe to great effect in the first half. His second goal was another brilliant effort and means he now has three in four Champions League appearances this season and 12 for the season in all competitions. Only the crossbar denied Messi his ninth Champions League hat-trick.
Messi’s form is being matched by Neymar, who put in another influential showing. The Brazilian teed up Fabian Ruiz and Achraf Hakimi for chances and would have had more assists if either player had been able to take the chances offered. The duo couldn’t but Messi certainly could for the opening goal and then returned the favour for Neymar to bag his second Champions League goal of the season. The Brazilian thought he'd scored his second after the break but it will go down as a Sean Goldberg own goal after the defender stuck out a leg to divert the ball into the back of the net. Plenty has been made of Neymar’s relationship with Kylian Mbappe this season but it’s also worth noting the Brazilian ended up picking up a yellow card for his protestations after the Frenchman had been taken down by a late challenge.
Mbappe was in the headlines again before the match amid claims of an eye-watering contract at PSG but showed exactly how valuable he is with another double for the French side. The 23-year-old has now scored 10 times in his last eight Champions League appearances. PSG fans also made their feelings clear about the striker when he was substituted. There may have been boos at the Ballon d'Or ceremony for Mbappe but there was a standing ovation on Wednesday when Mbappe was given a breather late on.