It was the third assist in the game for the Brazilian, who signed his club’s first goal in this league just in the 9th minute, finishing off after Messi touched lightly on Pablo Sarabia’s cross.
Neymar then gave the decisive pass so that his Moroccan teammate Achraf Hakimi (26) beat the local goalkeeper, with a powerful shot in the area directly to the top corner, and then by hanging a ball that Sergio Ramos narrowly missed but the also Brazilian Marquinhos (38) headed straight into the goalkeeper Mory Diaw’s net.
With a three-goal lead at the break, the second half was very quiet for PSG, who sealed the win with Messi’s brace in the final minutes, which put a smile on the Argentine’s face, at the start of his second season in the French team.
In that match against Nantes, played in Tel Aviv, he was not Kylian Mbappe due to a suspension and the French star did not play this Saturday in Auvergne due to a problem in the adductors.
Christophe Galtier’s stage as coach of PSG, where he has replaced the Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, is going by at the moment with complete calm.
Clermont was seventeenth last season and seems called this season to fight for permanence.
Monaco had cold sweats in the final stoppage, when the VAR review ruled out a Diallo goal at 90+2.
“I’m happy that VAR canceled the goal at the end of the game. It would have been very hard to lose two points. It was important to start the season well and get the first three points to start this marathon,” said the Monaco coach, the Belgian Philippe Clement.