Neymar achieves the hat-trick in the resumption of the Champions League clash

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PSG made sure to advance to the Champions League round of 16 as group champions with a resounding 5-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday night.

The match resumed at 14 minutes after Tuesday’s match was abandoned when fourth official Sebastian Coltescu was accused of using a racist term to describe Basaksehir assistant coach Pierre Webo.

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Players knelt before the game | FRANCK FIFE / Getty Images

Both teams left the field of play in protest and after two hours of waiting it was confirmed that the game would not be complete until Wednesday night.

An entirely new group of four match officials was appointed and the officials, along with both groups of players, wore anti-racism jerseys during warm-ups with the message “No to racism.”

PSG and Basaksehir then knelt around the center circle during the Champions League anthem, and anti-racism banners were displayed in the stands.

When the match resumed, it was Neymar who took the lead. The PSG striker pulled off an impressive 30-minute hat-trick when his team was left unconvinced by the winners 5-1.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 21st minute, scooping out a sumptuous nutmeg before heading home from the edge of the box.

The Brazilian international applied the finishing touches to a deft counterattack play after 37 minutes to double his team’s lead, before being brought down in the area at halftime to award PSG a penalty. His attacking partner Kylian Mbappé buried the penalty shot for his first goal of the season in the Champions League.

The French team showed no signs of giving in in the second half, Neymar completing his hat-trick, the third European hat-trick of his career, with a fabulous shot from 20 meters.

Mehmet Topal cut one for Basaksehir in the 57th minute, but Mbappé doubled his tally for the night just after the hour to restore PSG’s four-goal lead and confirm his status as group champion.




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