PARIS: Lionel Messi scored twice within the second half, together with with a shocking overhead kick, as Paris Saint-Germain started their defence of the Ligue 1 title with a 5-0 demolition of Clermont on Saturday.
Neymar was additionally in excellent kind for a PSG aspect who didn’t miss the injured Kylian Mbappe, with the Brazilian opening the scoring in Clermont earlier than organising Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos for additional objectives earlier than half-time.
Messi then exchanged passes with Neymar earlier than sidefooting within the guests’ fourth objective with 10 minutes left.
But Messi saved the perfect for final, darting into the field 4 minutes from the top to manage a Leandro Paredes go on his chest together with his again to objective, earlier than changing with an acrobatic overhead kick.
That objective had the group at Clermont’s Stade Gabriel-Montpied singing the identify of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who endured a tough first season in Paris.
PSG’s victory in new coach Christophe Galtier’s first league recreation in cost was achieved regardless of Mbappe lacking the journey on account of an adductor damage.
Mbappe additionally missed final week’s 4-0 defeat of Nantes within the season-opening Champions Trophy on account of suspension.
Messi had opened the scoring in that recreation, whereas Neymar netted a brace.
The duo subsequently have already got six objectives between them this season, with PSG wanting in ominous kind.
“There isn’t any denying we have now a number of expertise however what I retain is the collective want to win the ball again very early, to play with depth, to by no means let up,” Galtier, who changed the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, advised broadcaster Canal Plus.
“The squad have been very receptive since I arrived. They wish to work arduous collectively, have enjoyable collectively. However the season is lengthy. This was simply the primary recreation.”
Galtier mentioned he would haven’t any hassle discovering a spot within the line-up for Mbappe, who is anticipated to return subsequent weekend and play his first aggressive recreation since turning down a transfer to Actual Madrid to signal a brand new three-year deal in Paris.
“Kylian is a necessary a part of this venture. For a coach, it’s not very tough to combine a participant like him into the group,” Galtier mentioned.
“He had somewhat alert and so we didn’t need to take any danger.
“Clearly if we had a tough recreation, or a Champions League match, possibly Kylian would have performed. We most well-liked to delay his comeback however he must be again towards Montpellier.”
Neymar fired within the opener within the ninth minute after Messi was unable to manage Pablo Sarabia’s cutback, and it was Neymar who arrange Hakimi to blast within the second within the twenty sixth minute.
The world’s most costly participant was additionally the supplier for the third objective within the thirty eighth minute when his free-kick from the left was headed in by Marquinhos.
Messi then took over on the finish, and it’s prone to be an extended season for Clermont given 4 groups might be relegated on the finish of the marketing campaign, when Ligue 1 might be decreased from 20 golf equipment to 18.
Earler Monaco benefited from a beneficial late VAR name to say a 2-1 win at Strasbourg.
The principality aspect had been 2-0 up and cruising when Sofiane Diop struck early within the second half so as to add to Krepin Diatta’s magnificent opener.
Nevertheless, Habib Diallo pulled one again for Strasbourg after which appeared to have salvaged a draw when he nodded house within the second minute of added time, just for the referee to disallow the objective for a marginal offside after consulting with the VAR.
Monaco now journey to the Netherlands to face PSV Eindhoven of their Champions League third qualifying spherical, second leg in midweek. The primary leg ended 1-1.
Lyon beat newly-promoted Ajaccio 2-1 on Friday within the season curtain-raiser, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring what proved to be the winner with a penalty.
Usman Qadir enhancing, more likely to play on Wednesday
Leg-spinner Usman Qadir injured his thumb as he grabbed a blinder within the fourth T20I to ship harmful Alex Hales again to the pavilion.
Mohammad Hasnain bowled a tough size supply and Alex Hales was compelled to test his shot, and Usman Qadir, who was positioned at mid-wicket, dived ahead to his left to take a shocking catch.
Qadir did very well to make it possible for the ball doesn’t bobble out of his hand throughout his touchdown. Hales departed after scoring 5 runs off 3 balls.
The 29-year-old couldn’t bowl for Pakistan and left the sphere after the catch. Iftikhar Ahmed needed to bowl the overs instead of him the place he gave solely 23 runs in 4 overs.
As per sources, Usman Qadir’s damage has improved and is predicted to be match forward of the fifth T20I of the collection in Lahore on Wednesday.
Speaking concerning the fourth T20I, England saved on shedding wickets at common intervals whereas chasing 167. Harry Brook and Ben Duckett performed knocks of 34 and 33 and the equation got here right down to 33 off 3 overs to recover from England.
Dawson then smashed 24 runs off the 18th over and it regarded like England would recover from the road simply. Nevertheless, Haris Rauf introduced Pakistan again into the sport as he dismissed Liam Dawson (34) and Olly Stone (0) on successive deliveries.
England wanted 4 runs off the ultimate over to win, however Reece Topley was run-out within the closing over, and Pakistan registered a slim two-run win.
Earlier, England captain Moeen Ali had gained the toss and he determined to bowl first. Mohammad Rizwan performed a knock of 88 runs to assist Pakistan put up 166/4 in 20 overs. Asif Ali additionally performed an unbeaten cameo of 13 runs off simply 3 balls to propel Pakistan’s whole previous the 160-run mark.
Haris reveals his plan to bowl landmark nineteenth over towards England
LAHORE: Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf bowled an distinctive nineteenth over within the fourth T20I towards England whereas defending 167.
The appropriate-arm pacer modified the complexion of the sport after Liam Dawson smashed Mohammad Hasnain with 4 fours and a six within the 18th over of the match and solely 9 runs had been required off the ultimate two overs.
5 runs had been remaining off the ten balls earlier than Haris modified the whole lot. Whereas dealing with a brief, Dawson couldn’t management his pull shot and holed out mid-wicket fielder, which opened the room for the paceman to do the harm.
Rauf’s tempo had cranked up as he cleaned up the debutant Olly Stone on subsequent ball and had a leg-before shout turned down towards Reece Topley. The ball to Topley was a scorching yorker clocked at 96 mph however was turned down because the ball was sliding down the leg-stump.
Within the subsequent over, Topley tried to steal a single to get off strike however fell nicely wanting his floor on the non-striker’s finish as England fell quick by three runs in entrance of an electrifying crowd.
“To begin with we’re grateful to Allah Almighty that Pakistan gained the match and it was an essential match of this sequence. As a group we have now the by no means surrender angle and each participant is giving his 100% effort within the floor. I bowled with the identical angle and Pakistan gained the sport,” stated Rauf in put up match press convention.
“He [Dawson] scored plenty of runs from Hasnain’s over and naturally I used to be within the discipline. I used to be planning beforehand and had the thought as to the place I ought to bowl to him.
“The plan was to get his wicket and switch the match and Alhamdullilah I received the wicket as deliberate. I had the arrogance in my talents and knew that if I bowl my greatest ball, we’d win this sport.”
The paceman additionally backed his team-mates who’re underneath the firing line as Pakistan’s center order woes proceed forward of the all-important T20I World Cup subsequent month.
“Any participant can have a tough time, as a group we have now to help one another. I feel the power that they’ve, everyone knows that they’ve gained matches for Pakistan and anytime they’ll make a comeback. We’ve got full belief in our gamers.”
Requested if he had improved underneath the bowling coach Shaun Tait, Rauf stated he had labored with the previous Australian fast on the Check tour of Sri Lanka, the place he was part of the squad in a two-match Check sequence.
“In the direction of the beginning, any participant struggles and has little concept of the state of affairs. So that you study over time and in any discipline. So I attempt to study,” Rauf defined.
“Shaun Tait has stored everybody calm and in Sri Lanka he labored with me rather a lot as I used to be within the Check squad. I used to be attempting to work on my health and perceive the sport. In T20 cricket, generally you go for runs. At some point you bowl nicely and the following day, you’ll be able to concede few runs. So dangerous time can come on any bowler. I’ve 100% confidence in my strengths.”
Pakistan will now face England within the fifth T20I on Wednesday (September 28) because the motion now strikes to Lahore for remaining three matches of the sequence.
English T-20 cricket group reaches provincial capital amid tight safety
LAHORE: Capital Metropolis Police Chief Extra IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar on Monday welcomed the England T-20 Cricket squad to the provincial capital and vowed to supply foolproof safety to each the groups gamers and officers throughout their keep within the metropolis.
English and Pakistani cricket groups reached right here amid tight safety to play their final three Worldwide T-20 cricket matches of the overall seven scheduled ones.
England cricket group has been visiting Pakistan after a protracted span of seventeen years and right into a excessive safety bubble.
The Lahore police, on the instructions of CCPO Lahore made stringent safety association on the arrival of each groups gamers and officers.
The CCPO, DIG Operations Afzaal Ahmad Kausar, CTO Muntazir Mehdi, SSP Operations Capt (R) Mustansar Feroze, SSP Safety, SP of Dolphin Squad and different associated officers remained in subject and checked safety preparations on the route until the groups reached their residing lodge.
As many as 8,000 law enforcement officials and officers together with SPs, DSPs, SHOs and higher subordinates would carry out safety responsibility through the keep of each the cricket groups in Lahore and schedule follow classes and matches.
The CCPO issued instructions to the law enforcement officials to strengthen the preparations remaining extremely alert and holding a vigilant eye on any suspicious actions.
Ghulam Mahmood Dogar directed the deputed police officers to behave with the residents visiting Qaddafi stadium in well mannered method in addition to throughout zero route motion of the groups. Elaborate preparations of safety have been made on the residential place the place the groups have been boarding, routes, Qaddafi Stadium and its surrounding areas, the CCPO added.
Heavy deployment of contingents could be made on the route of the groups throughout their motion from lodge to stadium throughout follow classes and matches, he stated and added that three layers safety checking mechanism had been devised for the gamers, officers and the residents.
The CCPO stated that Lahore police had performed essential function for the revival of cricket occasions within the metropolis. Lahore Police had full assist of Punjab Secure Cities Authority, district administration, PCB and regulation enforcement businesses to make sure safety in order that residents may take pleasure in these matches in peaceable ambiance, he asserted.
He stated that Lahore police would additionally monitor all of the actions on routes and surrounding areas throughout motion of groups by way of CCTV cameras of Punjab Secure Cities Authority.
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