The Brazilian was on the mark early and often in Paris.

By Avi Creditor
October 03, 2018

It didn't take long for Neymar to leave his mark on PSG's Champions League clash vs. Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday. Then he did it again. And again.

Neymar followed up his sublime 20th-minute free kick with a second goal two minutes later before capping his hat trick with another free-kick stunner in PSG's second match in the group stage on Wednesday. With PSG looking to rebound after a 3-2 loss at Liverpool in their group opener, the Ligue 1 power found things much easier against the group underdog.

PSG pressured from the start, and Neymar opened the scoring off a set piece. His precise free kick from 23 yards dipped perfectly to tuck inside the left post and evade a diving goalkeeper. 

In the 22nd minute, Neymar was at it again, combining with Kylian Mbappe before firing home from the center of the box to double PSG's lead.

Edinson Cavani padded the lead before halftime, capitalizing on some sloppy defending and a deflection to make it 3-0 in the 37th minute, and Angel Di Maria made it 4-0 four minutes after, running onto Thomas Meunier's outside-of-the-foot flick and putting it home with a deft touch of his own.

PSG extended the lead to five in the 70th minute off a lovely combination sparked by Neymar. He chipped it forward for to left back Juan Bernat, whose first-time cross set up Mbappe for an easy finish and another goal. Red Star Belgrade pulled one back through Marko Marin a few minutes later, though, bringing the deficit back to four.

Neymar bumped it back up to five with his last kick of the match, though, exiting with a bang. He won another free kick and lined it up from 25 yards, beating helpless goalkeeper Milan Borjan, who could only shrug as Neymar celebrated his third of the day that made it 6-1.

PSG, which is off to a perfect start in Ligue 1 through eight matches, next hosts Napoli in Champions League play on Oct. 24.

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