Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

PSG's Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani tear Celtic apart in 5-0 rout

PSG's Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani tear Celtic apart in 5-0 rout

And it was 3-0 when Cavani smashed home a penalty awarded after he had been held back by Jozo Simunovic (40').

PSG have never won the Champions League title, nor made the semi-finals since 1995, but expectations have risen since they were bought by Qatari Sports Investment in 2011 and won four of their six Ligue 1 titles since then.

New boy Kylian Mbappe became the latest big-money PSG star to score on debut as he joined Neymar and Edinson Cavani in finding the target in a 5-1 rout of Metz on Friday.

"I think the stewards dealt with it at the time and I'm sure the club will deal with it".

Playing away at Celtic Park can be seen as a classic European test, and it's one PSG will be expected, by many in France and around Europe, to pass with flying colours.

"The club wants to learn from things that have happened".

Celtic were second best throughout the contest, embarrassed in front of their own fans as the French side had the game wrapped up by half-time.

Ceferin is coming under mounting pressure to prevent FFP being abused but PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has yet again insisted his club have not broken any rules. "I do believe we are capable of winning the tournament".

PSG will start their Champions League campaign in the city of Glasgow where they take on Scottish Giants, Celtic.

The hosts attempted to reply immediately as Leigh Griffiths forced goalkeeper Alphonse Areola into a smart save with a dipping free-kick from fully 35 yards, but that was as good as it got for Celtic before the break.

Lustig scored an own goal after substitute Julian Draxler drilled the ball across goal before Cavani rose at the back post to send a sublime angled header past Gordon from Layvin Kurzawa's cross. However, while he's not necessarily old at the age of 24, those performances came as a relatively inexperienced young striker.

The defeat was Celtic's heaviest on home turf in European competition and they will now need to pick themselves up quickly for their trip to Anderlecht on September 27. "That reaction said it all really", said Celtic's manager Brendan Rodgers.

"If you do that against what is arguably the best team in the world just now they will punish you".

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