PSG vs Clermont HIGHLIGHTS: Herrera's scores brace in PSG's 4-0 win over newly promoted Clermont

PSG vs Clermont LIVE: Welcome to Sportstar's live commentary for the PSG vs Clermont Ligue 1 encounter at the Parc Des Princes Stadium on Saturday.

Ander Herrera (second from right) celebrates after scoring PSG's second goal against Clermont on Saturday.   -  REUTERS

Thanks for tuning into Sportstar's live commentary for the PSG vs Clermont Ligue 1 encounter on Saturday. This was Nihit Sachdeva taking you through all the action as it unfurled at the Parc Des Princes Stadium.

PSG'S perfect start to the season continues with another convincing victory. On the other hand, Clermont should not be too disheartened as it is still at the third spot. Well, at least for the time being.

MATCH REPORT: Ligue 1: Clinical PSG crushes Clermont to keep perfect record intact

FULL-TIME!!!! PSG 4-0 Clermont Foot 63

90+4' End of second half.

92' PSG is finally content with the four goals it has scored today and is now running down the clock. No special efforts from Clermont to do anything different either.

Four more minutes

90' Clermont would love to get a consolation goal here on what has been otherwise a farily disappointing day for the newly promoted club.

88' A wayward corner from PSG but Diallo manages to retrieve the ball before it goes out. Diallo sends the entire stadium into delirium with his exceptional skills near the left corner. Poor Rashani tries to get the ball back but is embarrassed by Diallo who twice avoids Rashani's tackles.

87' SUBSTITUTION - Draxler makes way for 19-year-old Nuno Mendes who makes his PSG debut.

85' With five minutes left, one would expect PSG to simply run down the clock. However, here is Draxler making another run inside the Clermont box trying to get a touch on the ball to score PSG's fifth goal but Desmas catches the ball.

83' Icardi tries to beat the two Clermont defenders in front of him on the right wing but the Argentine is not quick as the French star he replaced.

80' MORE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR PSG - Icardi replaces Mbappe and Bitumazala comes on for Kimpembe.  Pochettino clearly managing his squad well and making full use of the five substitutions rule.

77' Tell takes a shot following a Clermont corner but easy work for Donnarumma on his debut.

73' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR CLERMONT - Dossou, who looked Clermont's most impressive player today, and skipper Ogier make way for Billong and Tell.

72' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR PSG - Latest goal scorer Gueye and Hakimi come of and Ebimbe and Kehrer enter the pitch.

70' Kimpember blocks Khaoui's header inside the PSG box and maintains the clean sheet for the host.

67' PSG has put a masterclass to welcome Clermont to Ligue 1. The game, which initially appeared to be close, has turned into a goal-feast for the Parisians.

65' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PSG 4-0 Clermont - ANOTHER run from Mbappe who goes inside the Clermont box from the right and takes the shot. Same story - Desmas manages to block it but the rebound goes flying to Gueye at far post who easily heads to put the match beyond Clermont's reach.

64' MISS - that's very uncharacteristic miss from Mbappe who is usually very good in one-on-one situations. Diallo had all the time in the world to send Mbappe through for another lung-bursting run but Mbappe's chip goes wide of the post.

62' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR CLERMONT - Berthomier and Allevinah make way for Khaoui and Rashani.

59' Corner for Clermont who tries to emulate PSG's short-corner tactic but Zedadka's shot goes way over the crossbar.

57' Mbappe goes for another from just outside the Clermont box but the shot goes just wide of Desmas' far post.

55' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PSG 3-0 Clermont - Draxler provides a long pass from the centre of the pitch to Mbappe who times his run perfectly and beats the two Clermont defenders trying to catch him. Mbappe then dribbles past Desmas and easily slots the ball into an empty net to further extend his side's lead.

54' Shaky defending from PSG led to a Clermont corner but what followed did no harm to the host.

52' Foul on Clermont skipper Ogier by Draxler. PSG was on the attack from the left and Diallo had sent a ball for Draxler inside the Clermont box. Draxler went for what looked like a karate kick without looking who was ahead of him. Free-kick for Clermont.

49' Clermont clearly has more possession in the early stages of the second half but nothing substantial so far.

46' PSG looks in the mood to score more goals in front of its home fans. A long pass to Hakimi but just too powerful for him to reach before the ball went out for a Clermont throw-in.

SECOND-HALF BEGINS!!

9:25 p.m.- Look who's here!

Lionel Messi (Right) watching his team Paris Saint-Germain's home game against Clermont at Parc Des Princes on Saturday.   -  REUTERS

 

Pochettino could not have asked for anything more from his team before the first half. The source of goals may not have been who many would have expected but nevertheless, PSG is halfway through another home win.

Clermont will look to bounce back in the second half with more aggression.

Stay tuned for second half!

45+2' HALF-TIME!!!!! PSG 2-0 Clermont

Two additional minutes for Clermont to close the gap before half-time.

45' It has been a dominant first-half performance from Mauricio Pochettino's side despite the absence of its two South American stars.

43' Allevinah dribbles past Hakimi, sends Herrera tumbling on the ground before entering the PSG box from the left, takes the shot and wins a corner for his team.

41' High backline by Clermont has provided PSG with plenty of counter-attacking opportunities and they have made full use of them.

39' An incisive run down the middle by Kimpembe who manages to get inside the Clermont box and finds Draxler at the centre. Draxler fakes the shot once and then hits but the Clermont defender in front of Desmas heads the ball away.

36' Foul on Samed by Gueye and Clermont gets a free-kick near the PSG box. However, Berthomier's free-kick does not even make it past the PSG wall.

34' PSG is just bossing the newcomers here.

31' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PSG 2-0 Clermont - it is that man again! Ander Herrera scores his second goal of the match and guess what, it is a rebound once again. Breathtaking run by Mbappe on the right who is just too strong for Clermont defender to handle. Mbappe takes the shot which Desmas duly stops low to his left but Herrera blasts the rebound into the empty goal.

29' Foul on Zedadka by Diallo and Clermont gets a free-kick from the right side of the PSG box.

28' Easy work for Donnarumma. Lovely skill from Dossou inside the PSG box who then took the shot but the Italian goalkeeper didn't have to move too much to catch the ball.

26' Mbappe makes another one of his trademark runs from the left, skips past one defender and takes the shot but Desmas gets down to save the ball to his left.

23' The play resumes after a lengthy VAR check and straihgt away PSG on the attack. Hakimi provides an excellent pass to Pereira inside the Clermont box. Gueye's shot was on target but easily blocked by a diving Clermont defender.

20' GOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!! PSG 1-0 Clermont - brilliant run from Draxler from the right who takes a shot which is saved by Desmas but the rebound finds Herrera in the centre of the box who calmly heads it in to put the league leader in front. There is a VAR check to see if Mbappe, who was in an offside position, had got the last touch but the goal stands.

18' Both teams have failed to test the opposite goalkeeper so far. Quite a few fouls from Clermont to disrupt the smooth PSG play.

16' Dossou takes the ball inside the PSG box and hopes to find one of his teammates to tap the ball in but PSG blocks it. Clermont hits the rebound and the ball goes out for a throw-in.

13' Dossou searching for a touch from Diallo before the ball goes out in order to get a corner but Diallo shields the ball well.

10' BOOKING- Yellow card for Zedadka for a foul on Mbappe near the Clermont box. Mbappe sends a loopy free-kick inside the box and Marquinhos heads it but Desmas pouches it comfortably.

8' CORNER- Short corner taken by Rafinha. Draxler gets the ball and sends a shot flying over the crossbar.

6' Rafinha with the ball inside the Clermont box searching for space to take the shot but doesn't get it and gives a back pass to his teammate.

4' First of what could be many lightning runs from Mbappe down the left flank but the Clermont defender easily takes the ball away.

3' Dossou goes down looking for a foul near the half way line but the whistle never came.

1' Steady start from both the teams who look keen on keeping possession for the first few minutes.

KICK-OFF!!!

8:30 p.m.- AND WE ARE UNDERWAY!!!!

8:20 p.m.- Just 10 minutes to kick-off at the buzzing Parc Des Princes!!!

8:15 p.m.- Italy's Euro 2020 hero is set to make his PSG debut

 

8:00 p.m.- STAT ATTACK time!!!

  • Clermont is the 27th team Kylian Mbappe is set to face in Ligue 1. He has scored against 25 of the other 26.
  • PSG is unbeaten in last 28 home games against newly promoted sides with 26 wins and two draws.

7:40 p.m.- LINEUPS OUT!! (Kylian Mbappe starts)

PSG XI (4-3-3): Donnarumma (GK); Abdou Diallo, Hakimi, Kimpembe, Marquinhos (c); Ander Herrera, Danilo Pereira, Gueye; Draxler, Mbappe, Rafinha

Subs: Kehrer, Tavares Mendes, Bithshiabu, Wijnaldum, Dina Ebimbe, Bitu Mazala, Icardi, Yansane, Navas (GK)

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino

Clermont Foot 63 XI (4-3-3): Desmas (GK); Zedadka, Hountondji, Ogier (c), N'Simba; Abdul Samed, Berthomier, Gastien; Dossou, Hamel, Allevinah

Subs: Djoco (GK), Billong, Arial Mendy, Seidu, Khaoui, Iglesias, Oriol Busquets, Tell, Rashani

Coach: Pascal Gastien

Preview

League leader Paris Saint-Germain's next challenge is the home fixture against the newly promoted side Clermont Foot 63 on Saturday.

Both teams have played four games each so far. While PSG has won all of its games and sits comfortably at the top of the table, Clermont is not too far behind with two wins and two draws placing them at third.

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Mauricio Pochettino will have to work without his South American stars, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Angel Di Maria as all of them were involved in representing their countries in the World Cup qualifiers barely 36 hours before the kickoff.

That also means that Paris will have to wait a little more for Messi's home debut.

There are doubts over Kylian Mbappe's fitness who left the France camp with a calf injury he suffered in its first World Cup qualifier of the international break against Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, Pochettino told a press conference that he expected Mbappe to recover in time for the match.

Where to watch?

The Ligue 1 clash between PSG and Clermont will be telecast on VH1. The live streaming of the match between will be available on the Voot Select app and the website and on JioTV. (For Indian viewers only)