Neymar helped Paris Saint-Germain to a 5-0 win over Lyon at the Parc des Princes in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The Brazil international scored from the penalty spot and assisted two of Kylian Mbappe’s four goals as PSG set a record with a ninth-straight win to begin a season in the French top flight.
Both sides were reduced to 10 men during the first half, with PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe dismissed after the referee consulted VAR following a challenge on Tanguy Ndombele.
Lucas Tousart wasted Lyon’s man advantage when he was shown a yellow card for bringing down Mbappe.
PSG paid a world-record fee for Neymar to be the star of the team. Those plans look to be changing, though, because as good as he is, Neymar appears destined to be Mbappe’s supporting act.
The latter is the PSG player everybody will be talking about as time goes on. His latest goal glut only underscores his outrageous talent:
Mbappe was tormenting the Lyon’s defence even before he found the net. The perception evident in his runs belies the 19-year-old’s tender years:
Of course, Mbappe needs the help of others to thrive. It’s where Neymar comes in, with the 26-year-old’s vision and flair crucial in making the most of Mbappe’s pace and appetite for goal.
The combination is great for PSG, but it may not be such good news for Neymar in the long run. He found himself overshadowed by Lionel Messi in Barcelona, and he may soon experience a similar feeling playing alongside Mbappe.