A lot is expected of Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, but few could have forseen such a spectacular home debut as the one the Brazilian forward delivered on Sunday evening. Neymar marked his Parc des Princes debut with two goals as PSG came from behind to beat Toulouse 6-2 to go top of Ligue 1, including a special solo effort in which he beat half the visitors’ defence to round off the scoring.
The Selecao made it three goals in two games for his new club following his £200.6million arrival from Barcelona – after opening his account in last week’s win at Guingamp – but it was another debutant who threatened to steal the headlines as Max Gradel gave the visitors a surprise lead. After equalising in the 31st minute, Neymar set up Adrien Rabiot to score four minutes later to send his team into the interval in front.
Marco Verratti was sent off midway through the second half but the hosts lost none of their momentum and Edinson Cavani emphatically dispatched a penalty – won by Neymar – to give PSG some daylight. However, Toulouse refused to go down without a fight and Christopher Jullien reduced the deficit after 78 minutes with a header that deflected into the net off Thiago Silva.
Substitute Javier Pastore quickly restored the two-goal cushion with a lovely curling effort from just outside the box before Layvin Kurzawa extended the lead in the 84th minute with a superb volley from a driven cross by Neymar, who completed the scoring in time added on in some style.
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