Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) went wild at Stade Pierre Mauroy to beat Lille 7-1 in Ligue 1 on Sunday 21 August.
Kylian Mbappe stole the show with a hat-trick, but Neymar bagged a brace and a hat-trick in assists. Lionel Messi and Achraf Hakimi also scored one goal each.
It took just eight seconds for the reigning French champions to break the deadlock as Messi fed Mbappe with a fine through ball.
The Argentine then put himself on the scoresheet before Hakimi and Neymar made it 4-0 before the half-time whistle.
Neymar then scored his fifth early in the second half, although Jonathan Bamba was able to pull one off for the hapless hosts.
Their joy, however, was short-lived as Mbappe scored twice more later to complete his hat-trick.
Christopher Galtier’s team continued their 100% start to the season with their third consecutive victory.
Here are the PSG player ratings:
Gianluigi Donnarumma – 8/10
Despite the lopsided scoreline, Lille managed to test it on numerous occasions, but Donnarumma held on, making eight superb saves on the night. Unfortunately, that still wasn’t enough to keep a clean sheet.
Sergio Ramos – 7/10
He didn’t do much wrong apart from a sloppy challenge on Bamba in the first half which earned him a booking, but Ramos was overshadowed by better players on the night.
Marquinhos – 8.5/10
The PSG captain ran a taut ship astern. He timed his tackles to perfection and read the game brilliantly to give Lille forwards a hard time.
Marquinhos made four clearances, five tackles, two interceptions and completed 100% of his passes – a defensive masterclass on his part, although he could have done better for Bamba’s goal.
Presnel Kimpembe – 7.5/10
He held his own in the face of pressure from Lille and also made excellent raises.
Ashraf Hakimi – 8/10
The Moroccan ace came forward well and linked up superbly with Mbappe and Messi, capping a fine performance with a goal and an assist as well. He also had four tackles.
Vitinha – 7.5/10
The summer signing has a knack for tackling and showed his blistering pace during breaks. He made three tackles. His passing range was encouraging and also looked solid in duels, winning five out of seven attempts.
Marco Verratti – 7/10
Verratti was involved in Mbappe’s opening goal but was largely overshadowed by PSG’s attacking stars in the game.
Nuno Mendes – 7.5/10
The Portugal international chipped in for a perfectly weighted pass for Messi and made some good runs down the left, but looked sloppy on the ball a few times.
Lionel Messi – 9/10
His through ball for Mbappe was spectacular, summing up his magic perfectly, and marked PSG’s second of the night with a cool finish. The Argentinian seems to have settled in well at PSG.
Neymar – 10/10
The Brazilian continued his prolific start to the season with two goals and a hat-trick of assists. His partnership with Mbappe was deadly, especially for the Frenchman’s second and third goals.
Despite all the rift rumors between the two, the PSG stars seem to have buried the hatchet and reconciled.
Kylian Mbappe – 9.5/10
He scored the fastest goal in Ligue 1 history with a strike just eight seconds after kick-off and after a few near misses he netted two more after the break to complete his hat-trick. Four goals in just two games for the PSG starboy this season.
Renato Sanches – 7/10
He completed all of his passes but wasn’t a direct threat to Lille.
Juan Bernat – 6/10
The game just went past the full-back.
Danilo Pereira – N/A
He only played nine minutes and barely felt the ball.
Nordi Mukiele – N/A
He only touched the ball once in nine minutes of action.
Leandro Paredes – N/A
Not enough to have an impact.