Player ratings as Mbappe & Neymar both score hat-tricks


Paris Saint-Germain opened up a 15-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 on Saturday night thanks to a mostly routine win over Clermont Foot on the road – Rennes had temporarily inched slightly closer after victory a few hours earlier, while Marseille will play on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe and Neymar each scored hat-tricks for PSG, who ran up the score-line in the second half after Clermont had briefly threatened to make things uncomfortable.

Neymar, who had been on fire against Lorient a week ago, needed only a few minutes to break the deadlock in favour of the visitors from the capital when he was played in by Messi.

Messi was only narrowly denied by the fingertips of Arthur Desmas soon after, even if the officials failed to award the corner. But the Argentine then turned provider again when he controlled Neymar’s cross on his chest and knocked the ball beyond the defenders into Mbappe’s path, who in turn touched it over the onrushing Desmas to double PSG’s lead.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team looked like they should have been in cruise control, yet took their foot off the gas and allowed Clermont to get back into it shortly before the break as Jodel Dossou turned in a ball fizzed across the penalty area – Sergio Ramos was drawn out of the middle, Presnel Kimpembe didn’t get close enough to stop the cross and Gianluigi Donnarumma couldn’t reach it.


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