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Lionel Messi scores acrobatic bicycle kick as PSG thrashes Clermont in season-opener

<i>Philippe Lecoeur/FEP/Icon Sport/Getty Images</i><br/>Lionel Messi scores his second goal of the game with an acrobatic effort. PSG won 5-0.
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Lionel Messi scores his second goal of the game with an acrobatic effort. PSG won 5-0.

By Ben Church, CNN

Lionel Messi scored a sensational bicycle kick to round off Paris Saint-Germain’s 5-0 rout of Clermont in its first match of the new Ligue 1 season on Saturday.

The Argentine’s goal was the pick of the bunch as he latched onto Leandro Paredes’ pass before controlling it with his chest and acrobatically sending it over the goalkeeper.

It came just six minutes after Messi had scored his first of the match, sweeping his finish into the bottom corner when set-up by the brilliant Neymar.

The Brazilian attacker had opened the scoring in an impressive performance before providing two more assists for Achraf Hakimi and Marquinhos to make it 3-0 before half time.

Messi then finished the night with a brace to give the reigning league champion an emphatic victory under new coach Christophe Galtier.

The result will be a warning shot to other teams in the French top flight given it came without starman Kylian Mbappe, who was absent through injury.

“The most important thing is to score goals, that is in Paris Saint-Germain’s DNA and the DNA of the players here,” Galtier told PSGTV after the game.

“So there is real satisfaction with those two elements of our game, attacking in numbers with lots of technical quality, and defending as a team.”

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