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Neymar hat-trick as PSG enjoy Parisian stroll over Red Star

Goals from Neymar, Cavani, Di Maria and Mbappé made it a comfortable night for Paris Saint-Germain in Group C of the Champions League.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group C - Paris St Germain v Crvena Zvezda - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - October 3, 2018  Paris St Germain's Neymar celebrates scoring their sixth goal to complete his hat-trick   REUTERS/Charl

This result was never in doubt and the front three of Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani all got themselves onto the scoresheet, as did Angel di Maria. This is how it played out in real time...

Paris Saint-Germain vs Red Star Belgrade: as it happened

Paris Saint-Germain vs Red Star Belgrade: preview

Thomas Tuchel's PSG side taken on Red Star Belgrade as they try to steer their Champions League campaign back in the right direction after a schooling from Liverpool in the opening game. Red Star Belgrade drew with Napoli in their opening game and will be trying to build on that against a side that are perfect in their league campaign but looked unbalanced in ther first game in Europe. It doesn't help that Didier Deschamps, the French manager, has been taking down PSG's chances of winning the Champions League with everyone watching to see if they can evolve into the team they so desperately want to become. Kick-off from Paris is at 18:55 CET.

Neymar has admitted that he isn't fully fit. The Brazilian missed a large part of last season with an ankle and foot problem but played in every game in the World Cup. He is in fine form for PSG in the league with seven in seven games. His partners, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have started well too and they have 16 goals in total between them this year. For the visit of Red Star, Buffon remains suspended after his sending off against Real Madrid last season. Layvin Kurzawa and Dani Alves are also out injured for the game.

Red Star have started their league campaign at blistering pace. They have played 10 and won nine of those with just one draw as the only blot on their copy. They have no injuries or suspensions for their trip to Parc des Princes. They are unbeaten in Champions League qualifying too having played nine games already with three draws away from home alojng with one victory. They will be relying most heavily on Richmond Boakye if he starts. He has three goals in two appearances this season but the goals have been well spread out amongst the squad. 


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