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Neymar, Kylian Mbappe Dominate as PSG Beat Galatasaray in 2019 Champions League

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2019

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Galatasaray at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on December 11, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Neymar helped Paris Saint-Germain close out an undefeated campaign in Group A of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League with a 5-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday night.

The Brazil international assisted two goals and scored another at the Parc des Princes, while Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia also found the net for Les Parisiens. Mbappe also won a penalty that substitute Edinson Cavani converted to complete the scoring with six minutes left.

Winning meant PSG cemented a five-point cushion over group runners-up Real Madrid, a potential sign the Ligue 1 giants may finally be ready to translate their domestic dominance to this competition.

PSG had nothing to prove, but it did Thomas Tuchel's team no harm to remind those joining them in the last 16 of Les Parisiens' awesome quality in attacking areas.

Neymar and Mbappe carry said quality and showcased it to unlock the Galatasaray defence on 32 minutes. Icardi provided the finish, but PSG's marquee forwards had made the telling combination click:

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Neymar ➡️ Mbappé ➡️ Icardi ❄️ ➡️ https://t.co/7HX5uR4fHD https://t.co/Thva5wiBbJ

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He was in the mood, and Neymar waited less than three minutes to pull the strings again, this time playing in Sarabia to double the lead:

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Neymar pulls them in and Pablo Sarabia finishes 🌟 ➡️ https://t.co/7HX5uR4fHD https://t.co/xu9Ka9nmop

PSG had turned on the style at key moments to cruise into a comfortable two-goal advantage at the break. The performance summed up the ruthless efficiency the club from the French capital has delivered during the competition so far.

It was 3-0 a minute after the restart when one of PSG's marquee match-winners again proved the difference. This time it was Neymar who held his nerve in front of goal.

The Brazilian is keeping pace with the world's best when it comes to producing at this level:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

9 - Since his Champions League debut in September 2013, Neymar has both scored and assisted in 9 different matches, only Lionel Messi (10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (11) have done so on more occasions in the competition in this time. Trifecta. #UCL https://t.co/IjFmus0n5e

Determined not to be outdone, Mbappe finally got in on the act three minutes after the hour mark. The former AS Monaco breakthrough talent raced clear after being played in by yet another inch-perfect Neymar pass.

Mbappe wasn't done and he earned a spot-kick after Ryan Donk's reckless challenge. Cavani didn't waste his opportunity from 12 yards, wrapping up an excellent night's work for a team with the strength in depth to enjoy long overdue success on this stage.

   

What's Next?

PSG are away to Saint-Etienne in the French top flight on Sunday, while Galatasaray host MKE Ankaragucu in the Turkish Super Lig the day before.

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