Neymar scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain made it consecutive wins to start the Ligue 1 season with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Montpellier at the Parc des Princes on Saturday.
The champions started their title defence with a 5-0 win against Clermont last weekend in Christophe Galtier’s first league game in charge, and they followed that up with a ninth success in their past 10 league games against Montpellier, despite a penalty miss from Kylian Mbappe midway through the first half.
The France international made amends soon after when his cross was turned into his own net by Falaye Sacko, before Neymar doubled the hosts’ advantage from a second penalty of the game.
Neymar and Mbappe scored either side of Wahbi Khazri’s goal for the visitors, while there were late efforts from debutant Renato Sanches and Montpellier’s Enzo Tchato Mbiayi.
PSG squandered a golden chance to take a 23rd-minute lead as Jonas Omlin pawed away Mbappe’s penalty after Jordan Ferri had handled in the area.
Omlin twice denied Lionel Messi soon after, but he was beaten six minutes before the interval when Sacko diverted Mbappe’s low cross into his own net.
Neymar made it 2-0 four minutes later with a cool spot-kick following another handball in the area, this time from the hapless Sacko.
A second arrived for Neymar in the 51st minute, the Brazil international sneaking in ahead of Omlin to head home Achraf Hakimi’s deflected cross.
Montpellier pulled one back seven minutes later when Khazri slotted in after Gianluigi Donnarumma had pushed Sepe Elye Wahi’s effort into his path.
Mbappe opened his account for the season with an instinctive effort at the back post, before Sanches, who joined from Lille earlier this month, bundled into the net a minute after coming off the bench.