Quick Bit: Lionel Messi scored a spectacular bicycle goal and Neymar got a hat trick of assists as PSG opened its Ligue 1 title defense with a resounding 5-0 win over Clermont Foot in the opening weekend of the French league season.

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PSG will begin their Ligue 1 title defense with a road trip to face Clermont Foot, the first of a 38-match league marathon that once again sees Les Parisiens as the favorites.

New manager Christophe Galtier will field the same lineup for the second week in a row after last week’s 4-0 thumping of Nantes in the Trophee des Champions match between the Ligue 1 champions and the Coupe de France winners.

That means no Kylian Mbappe, who was suspended last week, but misses the Clermont trip with an adductor injury picked up in training. Lionel Messi and Neymar will lead the attack with Pablo Sarabia filling in for Mbappe.

A single point from this game would be gold for a Clermont Foot team that is in only its second season in the French top flight and narrowly escaped relegation to the second division. They finished four points above the relegation zone and will be in the mix to go down once again. With four teams going down this season — Ligue 1 is going down to 18 teams beginning next season — the danger will be greater.

The Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

Clermont vs PSG live score

1H
2H
Final
Clermont
0


PSG
1

Goals: PSG — Neymar (Lionel Messi) — 9th min.

Clermont vs PSG live updates, highlights from Ligue 1

9th min.: Goal PSG! What a touch by Lionel Messi who takes something off the ball and it sets up perfectly for the onrushing Neymar, who hammers home. Beautiful goal.

6th min.: PSG’s first chance comes off the foot of Neymar who turns on a Hakimi cross near the penalty spot. It’s deflected for a corner but nothing comes of it.

3rd min.: Komnen Andric with a header that was an easy grab for Gigi Donnarumma. The cross came from the left side from left wingback Neto Borges. Clermont need Andric to be productive to have any success this season.

1st min.: We’re underway at the Gabriel Montpied Stadium. PSG in their gray kit, kick things off.

30 mins from kickoff: Christophe Galtier is already standing out from his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, who between Jan. 2021 and May 2022 never fielded an identical lineup two matches in a row. See Opta’s note below.

Clermont vs PSG lineups

Clermont Foot is integrating some new pieces this year including Polish center-back Mateusz Wieteska and midfielder Komnen Andric, who arrives from Dinamo Zagreb. Goalkeeper Mory Diaw, a PSG academy product, will go up against his ex-club as he gets the start in goal.

Clermont Foot starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): Mory Diaw (GK) — 4-Mateusz Wieteska, 36-Alidu Seidu, 21-Florent Ogier (capt.)– 18-Elbasan Rashani, 12-Maxime Gonalons, 25-Johan Gastien, 3-Neto Borges — 11-Jim Allevinah, 9-Komnen Andric, 70-Muhammed Cham Saracevic

Sarabia will once again replace Mbappe (adductor injury) on the forward line, as Vitinha makes his debut in midfield. New acquisitions Hugo Ekitike and Nordi Mukiele are on the bench together with 16-year-old Warren Zaire-Emery. Renato Sanches is still working his way to fitness after making the move to PSG and he is not in the squad.

PSG starting lineup (3-4-3, right to left): 99-Gianluigi Donnarumma — 4-Sergio Ramos, 5-Marquinhos (capt.), 3-Presnel Kimpembe — 2-Achraf Hakimi, 17-Vitinha, 6-Marco Verratti, 25-Nuno Mendes — 19-Pablo Sarabia, 30-Lionel Messi, 10-Neymar

Clermont vs PSG TV channel, live stream

UK
USA
Canada
Australia
Date
Sat, Aug. 6
Sat, Aug. 6
Sat, Aug. 6
Sun, Aug. 7
Time
20:00 BST
15:00 ET
15:00 ET
05:00 AEST
TV channel
BT Sport 1
beIN Sports, beIN Espanol
beIN Sports
beIN Sports
Streaming
BTSport.com, BT Sport app
fuboTV, beIN Connect
fuboTV, beIN Connect
beIN Sports Connect, Kayo

UK: The match is available on BT Sport platforms in the UK.

USA & Canada: The Clermont Foot vs. PSG match is being televised by beIN Sports, which is streamed on fuboTV in both Canada and the USA.

Australia: The Clermont-PSG match is also carried on beIN Sports platforms in Australia.

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