French Ligue 1
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Paris St-Germain 6-2 Toulouse

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Neymar
Neymar became the most expensive signing when he joined PSG for 222m euros this summer

Neymar scored twice on his home debut as Paris St-Germain netted four of their six goals with only 10 men to thrash Toulouse and go top of Ligue 1.

Max Gradel volleyed home before £200m world record signing Neymar equalised.

Adrien Rabiot fired in and Edinson Cavani made it 3-1 from the spot moments after Marco Verratti saw red.

Christopher Jullien's header made it 3-2, but stunning strikes from Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa settled matters before Neymar's late effort.

The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with Monaco and Saint-Etienne also maintaining their 100% winning records this weekend.

Neymar
Neymar dazzled inside Parc de Princes on his PSG home debut

It was a fantastic display by last season's runners-up, who will be expected to regain the French title and challenge strongly in Europe having paid Barcelona the huge fee for Brazil forward Neymar.

They were stunned early on when midfielder Gradel - on loan from Bournemouth - produced a sublime volley from a corner to put the visitors ahead.

Neymar, who twice threatened earlier, equalised in the 31st minute with a simple finish after Rabiot's low strike was parried into his path.

The 22-year-old France midfielder's wonderful, low, angled strike put PSG into the lead, but their hopes of a third successive win were hit when Verratti was shown a second yellow for a late tackle on Toulouse captain Jullien.

However, PSG did not ease up and scored their third when Uruguay striker Cavani converted a penalty given for Andy Delort's foul on Neymar.

Jullien's header reduced the deficit, but only for four minutes before substitute Pastore's superb strike and full-back Kurzawa's spectacular scissor-kick from Neymar's corner all but sealed victory.

And in stoppage time, Neymar grabbed their last when he showboated past the Toulouse defence and fired in low past the unfortunate Alban Lafont.

Line-ups

PSG

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Areola
  • 32Alves da Silva
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 6VerrattiBooked at 69mins
  • 8MottaSubstituted forPastoreat 68'minutes
  • 25Rabiot
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forDraxlerat 85'minutes
  • 9CavaniSubstituted forLo Celsoat 85'minutes
  • 10Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 12Meunier
  • 17Berchiche Izeta
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 23Draxler
  • 27Pastore

Toulouse

Formation 4-4-2

  • 40Lafont
  • 2Amian
  • 5DiopBooked at 56mins
  • 6Jullien
  • 29Moubandje
  • 21DurmazSubstituted forJeanat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19do Rosário Calmon
  • 27BlinBooked at 68mins
  • 15GradelSubstituted forMichelinat 62'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 11ToivonenSubstituted forMachachat 58'minutes
  • 10Delort

Substitutes

  • 1Goicoechea
  • 4Cahuzac
  • 7Machach
  • 8Jean
  • 12Sylla
  • 13Michelin
  • 23Bodiger
Referee:
Amaury Delerue
Attendance:
47,221

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamToulouse
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home23
Away7
Shots on Target
Home14
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 6, Toulouse 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 6, Toulouse 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Paris Saint Germain 6, Toulouse 2. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dani Alves (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.

  5. Booking

    Corentin Jean (Toulouse) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Corentin Jean (Toulouse).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Christopher Jullien.

  9. Post update

    Dani Alves (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Zinedine Machach (Toulouse).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kelvin Amian (Toulouse) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Toulouse. Issa Diop tries a through ball, but Andy Delort is caught offside.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Edinson Cavani.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Julian Draxler replaces Ángel Di María.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Paris Saint Germain 5, Toulouse 2. Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Neymar with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Clement Michelin.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Paris Saint Germain 4, Toulouse 2. Javier Pastore (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

  18. Booking

    Clement Michelin (Toulouse) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Clement Michelin (Toulouse).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 20th August 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG330011299
2Monaco33008359
3Saint-Étienne33005059
4Lyon32109457
5Marseille32105147
6Bordeaux31207525
7Angers31205325
8Troyes31113304
9Montpellier31112204
10Strasbourg311145-14
11Nice31023303
12Caen31022203
13Lille310235-23
14Guingamp310236-33
15Nantes310214-33
16Toulouse310259-43
17Rennes302145-12
18Dijon301239-61
19Metz300316-50
20Amiens300307-70
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