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Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani on target as PSG run riot at Celtic Park

© Andy Buchanan, AFP | The men in black handed Celtic their heaviest ever defeat at home.

Text by Benjamin DODMAN

Latest update : 2017-09-13

Paris Saint-Germain's attacking superstars were all on target as the visitors crushed Glasgow Celtic 5-0 to get their Champions League campaign off to a flyer.

Call it PSG’s emphatic statement of intent – and early evidence that their attacking trio may well be the most formidable in Europe. With more than €450 million worth of firepower up front, the big-spending Parisians were always going to be a daunting challenge for Celtic. They won at a canter, coolly weathering the storm unleashed by Celtic Park’s raucous fans and putting five goals past the home team with startling ease.

The tie was effectively over by half-time, with Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani already on the scoresheet. They will naturally get most of the credit, though Adrien Rabiot was the standout performer for Paris, bossing the midfield with authority and class. Celtic did mount a spirited fightback after the break, but PSG’s defence never looked like folding. Instead, an unlucky own goal and a brilliant second from Cavani put a greater shine on the visitors’ win.

Never before had Celtic’s venerable ground witnessed such a heavy defeat in a European cup. Their humbling at home is evidence of a widening gulf between the sport’s high end and the rest. In Scotland, Celtic are the haves; but in PSG’s Europe, they’re very much the have-nots. Already, their next game at Anderlecht, in a fortnight, is looking crucial for their chances of joining the junior Europa League after Christmas.

At the other end of Group B, PSG can now turn with confidence to their first major test, against Bayern Munich on Sept. 27. The German champions beat 10-man Anderlecht 3-0 in their Champions League opener. But based on the evidence at Celtic Park, Neymar’s PSG will be strong favourites at the Parc des Princes. Having so often flattered to deceive among Europe’s top flight, they looked the real deal tonight.

Read our live blog below to see how the match at Celtic Park unfolded.

Date created : 2017-09-12

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