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Neymar scored his second Champions League hat trick as Paris Saint-Germain rolled to a 6-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade in a Champions League group-stage game at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

PSG, who lost to Liverpool in added time in their opener two weeks ago, faced little resistance even though Red Star entered unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions this season.

Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe also scored for PSG, who claimed a 4-0 lead by half-time.

Neymar, who had a brace in the Ligue 1 win at Nice on Saturday, opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a free kick from 20 yards that curled around the left post.

He then doubled PSG’s lead in the 23rd from a volley by Mbappe into an open net, then finished off his hat trick with another free kick, scoring in the 81st minute into the top right corner from 25 yards.

The final goal, Neymar’s 10th of the season in all competitions, was also his 30th all-time in the Champions League, making him the fifth South American player to reach that mark. His previous Champions League hat trick was in December 2013, when he had three goals while playing for Barcelona against Celtic.

Cavani scored PSG’s third goal in the 37th minute, with his shot deflecting into the net off of Milos Degenek, and Di Maria scored five minutes later from a cross by Thomas Meunier for his 56th goal, moving him into the top 10 in scoring for PSG all-time.

Mbappe marked his 50th appearance with PSG with a goal in the 70th minute, marking the 10th time that he, Neymar and Cavani have all scored in the same game, and two minutes after Neymar finished his hat trick, Cavani nearly added a seventh for PSG but he was ruled offside.

Marko Marin scored in the 74th minute for Red Star, who opened the Champions League group stage with a goalless draw at home against Napoli two weeks ago.

Red Star, who made two substitutions after half-time and their third by the 74th minute, were overrun in the final minutes as PSG unsuccessfully continued their attack.

The teams were playing with the Auteuil end of the Parc des Princes closed after PSG supporters lit flares in the round-of-16 defeat against Real Madrid last season and without any travelling fans as Red Star were sanctioned for a pitch invasion in their qualifying-round win over Red Bull Salzburg.



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