Despite being the most expensive player of all time, Neymar has well and truly lived up to his £200m price tag with another outstanding performance. Neymar bagged himself two goals and two assists in PSG’s emphatic 6-2 win over Toulouse.
The Parc Des Princes was privileged to witness Neymar at the top of his game in his home debut for Paris Saint Germain. The Brazilian was unstoppable; receiving a rare 9/10 rating from L’Equipe and his record price is starting to look like a bargain.
Neymar played key parts in five of the six goals but it wasn’t all plain sailing for the PSG. Bournemouth loanee, Max Gradel, gave Toulouse a shock lead but it was Neymar who got PSG back on track before Adrien Rabiot turned the game around with a pinpoint effort across the keeper from outside the area.
The visitors always posed a threat on the front foot and the final twenty minutes was filled with fun, non-stop excitement. The drama started when Marco Verratti got sent off for a second bookable offense but it looked as if Cavani had killed the game off when he converted a penalty won by Neymar.
Toulouse did fight back to make it 3-2 but Pastore restored the two-goal cushion with a 25 yard curler past 18 year-old wonderkid Lafont. Kurzawa kept up the trend of screamers with a scissor kick from a inventive Neymar corner and the Brazilian topped off an excellent performance with a sensational run; twisting and turning his way past six defenders, finishing with his back to goal and sending every PSG fan into meltdown!
GK Alphonse Areola, 5.5 Toulouse didn’t test the young French keeper that much throughout the match but Areola should have done better considering he was close to Max Gradel’s volley and his positioning was poor for the second too
RB Dani Alves, 6 The Brazilian has had a fantastic start to life in Paris but didn’t have a standout performance last night. He was out of position leading to Gradel’s goal but did well at snuffing out counter attacks despite not adding too much to the attacking display.
CB Thiago Silva, 5 It was an uncharacteristic performance from the captain. Silva didn’t look his dominant self at the back and a underwhelming night was topped off with an unfortunate own goal in the second half
CB Presnel Kimpembe, 6 The whole defence was unsatisfactory but Kimpembe wasn’t any worse, or better, than his teammates around him. The 22 year-old wasn’t at fault for any of the goals and had a average game to be honest.
LB Layvin Kurzawa, 6.5 Kurzawa scored a spectacular, acrobatic goal late on and didn’t have any massive concerns in defence despite the cross for the first goal coming from his side of the pitch.
DM Thiago Motta, 6 The Italian hasn’t started the season particularly well amid rumours of Fabinho potentially joining the capital club and he didn’t help his own cause again last night. He failed to give the defence much cover and looked fatigued before he was subbed in the second half.
CM Marco Verratti, 4.5 Considering the amount of bookings he gets, it was only a matter of time before Verratti did something reckless. Already on a yellow he dived into a meaning less tackle inside the Toulouse penalty area and was sent for a early bath.
CM Adrien Rabiot, 8 It may be sad to bid farewell to Blaise Matuidi but Rabiot proved he has more than enough quality to warrant a starting spot in the PSG midfield. Rabiot proved his professionalism when Verratti got sent off and played key parts in both first half goals.
RW Angel Di Maria, 6 Despite still lacking a goal to start the season, El Fideo had a much better game against Toulouse and was unfortunate not to be amongst the goal scorers. The Argentine still has a lot to prove to his early season critics however.
ST Edinson Cavani, 7 El Matador had one of those days as a striker when nothing went his way but despite many missed chances he wasn’t disheartened and stepped up to score a crucial goal at a crucial time for the hosts.
LW Neymar, 9.5 The world’s most expensive player barely put a foot wrong during his home debut. Neymar entertained the Parc Des Princes throughout; played a key role in five out of the six strikes and scored a sublime goal that will stay in the hearts of all Paris supporters for years to come.
Final Score: PSG 6-2 Toulouse
Next Match: PSG v Saint Etienne, Friday 25th August, 7:45pm*