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Lionel Messi stars as PSG breeze past Clermont in season opener

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Lionel Messi’s acrobatic overhead kick seals routine win in Ligue 1 opener for champions after first-half strikes by Neymar, Vitinha and Achraf Hakimi.

Messi scored a sensational bicycle-kick goal as red hot Paris St Germain began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Clermont at the Stade Gabriel Montpied on Saturday.

The talisman netted a brace to go with goals from Neymar, Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos as they followed up last weekend’s 4-0 Trophee des Champions victory over Nantes with another easy win.

It took only nine minutes for them to get in front as Messi brilliantly flicked the ball into the path of Neymar, who finished an excellent move. Hakimi scored midway through the first half from a lightening counter-attack, before Marquinhos headed Neymar’s free-kick into the net.

Neymar then provided a fourth for Messi, before the Argentine forward capped off an excellent performance with a stunning goal, chesting a pass from Leandro Paredes and providing a bicycle-kick finish.

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