Neymar scores, provides assist on PSG debut

Having taken a watching brief for PSG's opening-day win over Amiens last weekend, Neymar made his Ligue 1 bow at the Stade de Roudourou after his world-record €222 million (A$332.53 million) transfer from Barcelona was ratified by the French Football Federation.

With Unai Emery's side already leading 1-0 thanks to Jordan Ikoko's freakish own goal, Neymar assisted Edinson Cavani with a wonderful pass, before the roles were reversed eight minutes from time for the Brazilian to tap home. The six-time French champions doubled their advantage in emphatic fashion, though, with Neymar providing a sublime through-ball for Cavani, who thumped home his 90th goal in just 135 French top-flight games (62').

Neymar helped carve out the first real chance in the 15th minute, combining neatly with Thiago Motta to free Cavani but Johnsson saved with his legs to deny the Uruguay striker.

As previously mentioned, Neymar also gave Cavani his first goal of the campaign with a glorious assist in the 62nd minute.

Jordan Ikoko was the major culprit for the hosts when he netted an own goal in the 52nd minutes to the disappointment of his coach. A 25-year-old at the peak of his powers, Neymar poked and probed, completing a team-high 103 passes, one of which he expertly threaded though the eye of a needle to assist Cavani just past the hour, before getting his own name on the teamsheet late on.

Vanessa Coleman

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