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Neymar hat-trick as PSG crush Basaksehir 5-1 in suspended game

Neymar hat-trick as PSG crush Basaksehir 5-1 in suspended game
Paris St Germain’s Neymar in motion with Istanbul Basaksehir’s Mert Gunok.
PARIS/MADRID/ MUNICH/ MANCHESTER, (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/10/2020 12:17:20 PM IST

Neymar bagged a hat-trick as Paris St Germain topped Champions League Group H with a 5-1 home victory over Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, a day after the game was suspended amid an alleged racist incident.

The PSG and Basaksehir players, as well as the three field referees, took a knee before kickoff one day after both teams walked off in protest after the Turkish side had accused the assistant referee of using a racist word against their assistant coach Pierre Webo.

Neymar struck three times and Kylian Mbappe scored his first goals in the competition in a year as PSG, who had already qualified for the last 16, advanced from the group stage with 12 points, ahead of RB Leipzig thanks to their better head-to-head record against the German side. France striker Mbappe, 21, became the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League. Neymar, who has scored six goals from five appearances in the competition this season, added the fourth five minutes into the second half with a powerful strike from just inside the area. But PSG restored their four-goal advantage when Mbappe, who had not netted in his nine previous Champions League appearances, tapped in from Angel Di Maria’s pass on 62 minutes.

Real Madrid reach last 16
Karim Benzema’s two headers sent Real Madrid into the Champions League knockout stages with victory over Borussia Monchengladbach (2-0), who also qualify for the last 16. Real started the day in third place and in major danger of their first ever group-stage elimination. Benzema’s goals from Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo crosses put Real in control.
Real should have won by more with Luka Modric having a goal disallowed and Benzema and Vazquez hitting the woodwork. Real have reached the knockout rounds in all 25 of their Champions League campaigns and every season since 1996-97, when they did not qualify for Europe.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have won four of the past seven Champions League titles.
Inter have been eliminated in the Champions League group stage for a third consecutive season.
 
Depleted Bayern cruise past Lokomotiv 2-0
Bayern Munich earned a 2-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in their final Champions League Group A game on Wednesday with second-half goals from Niklas Suele and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.
The Bavarians, last season’s winners who qualified for the last 16 with two matches to spare, fielded a largely second-string team with the pressure on Lokomotiv, desperate for a win to secure third place in the standings and a Europa League spot.
Bayern had the upper hand but carved out only few scoring chances in the first half, with top scorer Robert Lewandowski sidelined due to a minor injury.
Guilherme was beaten in the 63rd minute when Douglas Costa whipped in a corner and Suele rose above two defenders to drill a powerful header past the keeper.  Choupo-Moting, replacing Lewandowski, doubled the lead in 10 minutes from time to lift Bayern to 16 points. 
Atletico beat Salzburg to progress
Atletico Madrid secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League by beating Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.
Mario Hermoso gave the visitors the lead when he headed home from Yannick Carrasco’s free-kick shortly before the break.
Mergim Berisha hit the post as Salzburg, who needed to win to qualify, pushed for an equaliser
But Carrasco made sure of the win for La Liga leaders Atletico, driving in from a cross late on.
They progress along with defending champions Bayern Munich, who finished top of Group A, while Salzburg drop into the Europa League.
Aguero on target as Man City sink Marseille
Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score for Manchester City as they cruised past Olympique Marseille 3-0 in Champions League Group C on Wednesday.
The result means the French team finished bottom of the group and failed to make the Europa League spot despite third-placed Olympiakos losing 2-0 to group runners-up Porto.
City were already assured of top spot and ahead of Saturday’s Manchester derby rested keeper Ederson and gave a start to American back-up goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
Argentine striker Aguero, who has struggled after knee surgery in the off-season, came off the bench in the 67th minute and took just 10 minutes to score, poking home after Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda failed to hold Nathan Ake’s header from a corner.
City finished on 16 points, a club record haul from the competition’s group stage.
Salah sets club record as Liverpool held at Midtjylland
Mohamed Salah became Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in the Champions League as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Denmark’s Midtjylland on Wednesday having already secured top spot in Group D.
Salah put the Premier League champions ahead in the first minute, latching on to a poor backpass and bursting goalwards before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jesper Hansen.
The goal was Salah’s 22nd in the Champions League making him the club’s record scorer in the competition.
 
 

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