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Neymar joins Haaland, Morata and Rashford on Champions League top scorers

…. sets new Champions League record

Neymar hit a hat-trick as Paris beat İstanbul Başakşehir 5-1 on Matchday 6 to join Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, Juventus’ Álvaro Morata and Marcus Rashford of Manchester United at the top of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League scoring charts.

Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is in a chasing pack of three players who are one adrift after adding to his tally against Club Brugge on Matchday 6, while Cristiano Ronaldo is among those one further goal back after netting twice for Juventus at Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Neymar has set a Champions League record in the 5-1 victory over Istabbul Basaksehir on Wednesday.

Neymar scored a hat-trick as both teams took a knee before restarting their Champions League match suspended 24 hours earlier in an unprecedented protest over an allegedly racist comment by a match official.

The teams, who had joined forces on Tuesday to walk off the pitch following the row, gathered around the centre circle prior to the resumption and were joined by the match officials as they kneeled in support of the Black Lives Matter cause.

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Before that, they sported t-shirts with the slogan “No To Racism” while warming up at the Parc des Princes, where large banners in the empty stands carried the same message.

The game restarted where it had stopped the previous day, in the 14th minute, when a touchline argument erupted over accusations the Romanian fourth official, Sebastian Coltescu, had described Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach Pierre Webo as “black”, or “negru” in Romanian.

Coltescu and the other Romanian match officials were replaced for the restart by a new refereeing team headed by the Netherlands’ Danny Makkelie.

According to OptaJoe, Neymar is the first player in the history of the European Cup/Champions League to score 20 goals for two different teams (Barcelona and PSG).

2020/21 UEFA Champions League top scorers

6 Erling Braut Haaland (Dortmund)
6 Álvaro Morata (Juventus)
6 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
6 Neymar (Paris)
5 Alassane Pléa (Mönchengladbach)
5 Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
5 Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

4 Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
4 Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla)
4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
4 Diogo Jota (Liverpool)
4 Romelu Lukaku (Inter)
4 Mergim Berisha (Salzburg)
4 Ferran Torres (Manchester City)
4 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)


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