PSG end Champions League group stage unbeaten

PSG end Champions League group stage unbeaten

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Paris St-Germain completed an unbeaten record in the Champions League group stage with a 5-0 win over Galatasaray.

Mauro Icardi gave them the lead before Pablo Sarabia doubled the advantage.

Neymar scored his first Champions League goal this season as he combined with Kylian Mbappe to make it 3-0 before he turned provider for Mbappe.

Edinson Cavani made it five with a penalty as Thomas Tuchel’s side finished five points clear of Real Madrid at the top of Group A.

Neymar was the architect of PSG’s second three minutes later – charging forward and supplying Sarabia, who finished crisply.

The Brazilian ended his Champions League drought a minute after the restart, lashing home after racing onto Mbappe’s flick.

Mbappe should have made it 4-0, only to blaze over when one-on-one with Muslera, albeit the angle was tight, though he made no mistake with his next chance, slotting calmly beyond Muslera following another sensational pass from Neymar.

PSG were not finished there, though, and after Mbappe had been hauled down by Ryan Donk, Cavani sent Muslera the wrong way from 12 yards to net his first goal since August, adding further gloss to a comprehensive triumph.

Galatasaray finished bottom of the group with just two points from their six matches.

Since his Champions League debut in September 2013, Neymar has both scored and assisted in nine different matches, only Lionel Messi (10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (11) have done so on more occasions in the competition in this time.

Key Opta facts

- Galatasaray have failed to win any of their six group stage matches in the Champions League for the fourth time, also doing so in 1993-94, 2001-02 (second phase) and 2014-15.

- Since his Champions League debut in September 2013, Neymar has both scored and assisted in nine different matches. Only Lionel Messi (10) and Cristiano Ronaldo (11) have done so on more occasions in the competition in this time.

- Pablo Sarabia (2) has now scored as many goals in his five Champions League games for PSG as he did in his previous 18 appearances across spells with Real Madrid and Sevilla (2).

- Mauro Icardi has now scored more goals in Europe's top club competition for current club PSG (5) than he did during his spell with Inter (4). 

- Kylian Mbappe has scored five goals in five Champions League appearances this season; only in 2016/17 (6 in 9 for Monaco) has he had a more prolific campaign.
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