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Neymar, Mbappe and Messi shine in Clermont rout

Neymar and Mbappe hit hat-tricks, Messi grabs hat-trick of assists in Clermont Foot 63 rout

April 9, 2022 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The PSG attacking trio run the whole show as they secured a massive win in Saturday night's Ligue 1 encounter.

Paris Saint-Germain trio Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr and Lionel Messi were in scintillating form as their side completely obliterated Clermont Foot in Saturday's Ligue 1 encounter. It was the case of hat-tricks for the three superstars, with the first two scoring three goals apiece while the latter provide a hat-trick of assists in the 6-2 win.

Following last weekend's 5-1 win over Lorient, PSG were poised to carry on with their fine form when they traveled to the Gabriel Montpied Stadium. Mauricio Pochettino's men are on the brink of retaining their crown as the league champions and it was against this backdrop that they needed yet another big performance.

As it was the case a weeek ago, it did not take long for them to break the deadlock, with Lionel Messi assisting Neymar Jr to put the ball past Arthur Desmas in the Clermont goal inside the sixth minute. 14 minutes later, Messi assisted Mbappe to score his first of the night before the host reduced the deficit to just one by responding with a goal in the 42nd minute.

In the second half, Messi had a goal disallowed for offside but subsequently went ahead to provide another assist for Mbappe after both the Frenchman and Neymar had scored in the 71st and 74th minutes respectively. Three minutes later Mbappe capped off the win with a fine finish to complete his hat-trick. With the game's outcome, PSG are momentarily 15 points clear atop the table and, could secure the league title before the end of the month.

In terms of historical significance, Neymar and Mbappe became the first two players to score a hat-trick in the same game in Ligue 1 since Mbappe and Cavani in January 2019. For Lionel Messi, he became the first player in this century to provide three assists in two different games in the same Ligue 1 season. So far, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has managed 400 assists in his career.

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