Neymar scores hat-trick as PSG run-riot against Istanbul Basaksehir. Neymar scored a hat-trick as PSG won the game 5-1 to top their group. The match was abandoned on Tuesday at 0-0 after the fourth official was accused of using a racist term towards Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo. Both sets of players walked off the pitch, with the game delayed by a day.
Paris St-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir players took a knee around the centre circle in an anti-racism message before the restart of their Champions League tie on Wednesday.
It restarted with a Basaksehir free-kick in the 14th minute. Webo – who had been sent off – was allowed to take his place on the away bench, with his red card suspended while Uefa investigates the whole incident.
A new set of officials were in charge, with Dutchman Danny Makkelie appointed referee.
Both sets of players and the officials – who also took a knee during the Champions League anthem – wore ‘no to racism’ T-shirts in the warm-up, with anti-racism banners in the stands. When the game restarted, Neymar starred with his third Champions League hat-trick.
He opened the scoring by nutmegging a defender and curling home, before finishing off a counter-attack and getting his third from 20 yards. Kylian Mbappe scored twice, including a penalty won for a foul on Neymar. Mehmet Topal scored Basaksehir’s goal.
Victory for PSG means they top the group ahead of RB Leipzig, who qualified and eliminated Manchester United with a 3-2 win over the English side on Tuesday.
Source – BBC News