PSG 4-0 Clermont Foot: Ander Herrera strikes brace as Kylian Mbappe and Idrissa Gueye also score as Mauricio Pochettino’s side start the season 100 per cent even WITHOUT Lionel Messi or Neymar
- PSG defeated Clermont Foot 4-0 without Lionel Messi or Neymar on their team
- Ander Herrera scored twice from crosses by Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi
- Mbappé then scored a swift third goal to seal the result for the French giants
- Idrissa Gana Gueye closed the screen with a fourth goal from a clinical header
- PSG remain the only Ligue 1 side to have five wins from five games this season
A PSG without Lionel Messi rose up against Clermont Foot to maintain their status as Ligue 1’s only clear team so far with a 4-0 win at the Parc des Princes.
As Messi looked on in the stands after coming back late from a controversial international break with Argentina, Ander Herrera gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a brilliant lead in the first half with a brace.
Kylian Mbappe, who played his first PSG game since a move to Real Madrid officially fell through, rounded out Clermont goalkeeper Arthur Desmas in a one-on-one scenario to put the result beyond doubt.
Ander Herrera hit a brace in the first half as PSG defeated Clermont Foot 4-0 at the Parc des Princes
Lionel Messi (right) watched after he returned late from international duty
Former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye then shot in a rebound from another attempt by Mbappé to score a fourth.
The result, which PSG managed even without Brazilian forward Neymar, who also watched from the stands, gives Ligue 1 roach Clermont a first loss of the season after starting the game in third place in the French top rankings. .
The visitors are now seven points behind Pochettino’s PSG, who have started the season with five wins from five games and are five ahead of second-placed Angers – who visit Brest on Sunday.
Herrera scored two similar goals in the first half – bouncing off the cross from the right
Mbappé rounded out Clermont goalkeeper Arthur Desmas before shooting in a third after the break
Former Manchester United midfielder Herrera got the ball rolling for PSG by heading home from the penalty area after Achraf Hakimi’s cross cleared to him.
The Mexican midfielder’s second goal was similar, with Mbappe this time going down from the right before his cross kindly fell into Herrera’s path – who had an easy finish.
Clermont came with a higher line after the break to try to get back into the game, but Mbappé’s pace only took advantage of that after 10 minutes of the second period.
Idrissa Gana Gueye headed home on the back post of Mbappe’s shot to make it 4-0
The French forward picked up Julian Draxler’s brilliant lofty pass to round out Desmas and finish brilliantly before driving off to celebrate.
Gueye made it 4-0 just 65 minutes after being on hand to head home from the back post after another breakaway forged by Mbappe.
PSG then introduced new left-back mercenary Nuno Mendes to their supporters via a late substitution, while PSG’s focus shifts to the Champions League clash with Club Brugge in the midweek, ahead of a derby match with Lyon next weekend.