On Wednesday, Neymar scored an astonishing hat-trick as French club, Paris Saint-Germain rolled to a 5-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir in their Champions League match which has to be restarted a day after being suspended in an unprecedented walkout over a racism row. Players from both the teams and the match officials took a knee on the pitch before resuming the match which had been halted in the 14th minute on Tuesday amid accusations the Romanian fourth official had used a racist term to describe Basaksehir’s Cameroonian assistant coach, Pierre Webo.
During the warm-up at the Parc des Princes, Neymar, joined other players in sporting a t-shirt with the slogan “No To Racism”. Earlier he had posted a message on Instagram in the wake of the incidents “BLACK LIVES MATTER”.
When the game resumed again on Wednesday, the world’s most expensive player was clearly in the mood and he put PSG in front within seven minutes of the restart with a stunning turn and nutmeg followed by a curling strike into the top corner.
PSG had already been guaranteed qualification for the last 16 after Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat by RB Leipzig in Germany on Tuesday, but with this win they are able to top the Champions League Group H.
Kylian Mbappe assisted Neymar to make it 2-0, and little afterwards the Brazilian then won a penalty which was converted by Mbappe for the third goal just before half-time.
It was Mbappe’s 20th Champions League goal, but his first in 10 matches in the competition since December last year.
Neymar completed his hat-trick with another tremendous hit after a one-two with Angel di Maria at the start of the second half, and Mbappe got PSG’s fifth into an open goal after Mehmet Topal had scored for Basaksehir.
The Turkish side finished bottom of the Champions League group.