Paris Saint Germain triumph Trophee des Champions

By Piyush

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Neymar scored twice with Lionel Messi also on target as PSG trounced Nantes 4-0 in the Champions Trophy in Tel Aviv in new coach Christophe Galtier’s first game in charge.

Following a sad first season in French football, Messi struck 22 minutes into the traditional curtain-raiser, being played in Israel for the second year consecutively.

Neymar doubled the lead just ahead of the break with a magnificent free-kick.

Sergio Ramos appended a 3rd and Neymar bagged his second late on from the penalty spot as PSG, the reigning Ligue 1 champions, progressed to victory over last season’s French Cup winners.

It is the 9th time in 10 seasons PSG have lifted the Champions Trophy. They lost 1-0 to Lille at the same location a year ago.

The club triumphed a battle with Real Madrid in May to persuade Kylian Mbappe to stay, however Galtier was without the France star for his first official match because of suspension.

Pablo Sarabia took Mbappe’s place in the attack alongside Messi and Neymar.

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