Mbappe and Neymar both score hat-tricks as PSG thrash Clermont

On Saturday, PSG crushed struggling Clermont 6-1, with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both scoring hat-tricks.

Mbappe had two goals and three assists in PSG’s 5-1 thrashing of Lorient last weekend.

He leads the Ligue 1 scoring charts this season with 20 goals, an assist, and a penalty.

With seven games remaining, Mauricio Pochettino’s side leads second-placed Rennes by 15 points and appears poised to reclaim the title.

In the relegation play-off, Clermont leads Saint-Etienne by one point.

PSG were eliminated from the Champions League after losing to Real Madrid, but Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi put on another strong performance.

“Messi-Neymar-Mbappe? We’ve been saying since the beginning of the season that it takes time to build trust among them, not only on the field but also in the locker room.” Pochettino

Mbappe opened the scoring for PSG in the sixth minute with a powerful left-wing drive.

The ball eventually found its way to Messi, who found Neymar and hammered it into the far corner.

Messi had his 12th league assist of the season within 20 minutes.

The ball was volleyed past Arthur Desmas by the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Soon before halftime, Jodel Dossou scrambled in at the back post to cap off a great team move and give Clermont hope of a comeback.

The Capitals controlled possession after the break but failed to create many chances, with Gianluigi Donnarumma saving Jason Berthomier’s attempt.

Mbappe was hauled down in the area by Akim Zedadka with 20 minutes remaining, and Neymar scored from the spot.

Then Mbappe scored his second goal, racing onto Neymar’s brilliant play and around Desmas to tap in.

Neymar’s back-flick found Messi, who passed to Mbappe for a fantastic curling attempt into the far corner to give PSG their fifth goal.

Neymar got his first hat-trick since December 2020 with seven minutes remaining, giving the visitors four goals in 12 minutes.

Mbappe’s clean-through yet unselfish square provided his teammate with the easiest of finishes.

  • Renne’s rise

Rennes moved into second place with a 3-2 victory against Reims on Saturday.

Marseille, who visit Montpellier on Sunday, are in first place thanks to Bruno Genesio’s men.

The top two teams will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage next season, with the third going via qualifying.

Rennes has won six of their last seven league games, while Nice has slipped from third to fifth after a string of losses.

Rennes led by two goals at halftime, courtesy of a double from Benjamin Bourigeaud.

Martin Terrier scored to make it 3-0.

Rennes won despite late goals from Maxime Busi and Jens-Lys Cajuste, who converted a penalty three minutes after teammate Moussa Doumbia missed one.

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