Tuchel after Neymar Gala: “Sensational”
Thomas Tuchel was thrilled after his superstar’s gala. “Neymar was sensational and outstanding, simply great,” said the German coach from Paris Saint-Germain after the sovereign 6-1 victory in the Champions League against Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade.
Neymar’s three goals on Wednesday evening had played a decisive role in the first European Cup win of the current season. The Brazilian was a brilliant midfielder and a sure free-kick shooter. He scored two of his goals (20/22/81) with a free-kick. “Neymar was hungry and wanted to make the difference,” said Tuchel, who praised the 26-year-old as one of the best players in the world.
Neymar himself was “very, very happy. I want to win first and foremost, but when I score goals, it’s all the better,” he said. Tuchel shared the joy: “We showed a top performance and we got a lot of chances.
Kehrer and Draxler with short bets for PSG
Edinson Cavani had made everything clear before the half-time break after a deflected shot (37th) and Angel di Maria (42nd) against Belgrade, who had no chance at all. World champion Kylian Mbappé (70th) raised Mbappé after a splendid combination before former German international Marko Marin (74th) scored the honorary goal for the Serbs shortly afterwards.
At PSG, national player Julian Draxler was substituted in the 82nd minute, new national player Thilo Kehrer came into the game in the 76th minute.
Riots after the match
The evening was overshadowed by violent riots after the end of the game. Outside the Prinzenpark in Paris there were clashes between the police and about 300 to 400 masked fans of the Serbian champion who were covered in smoke. They had not been allowed to enter the stadium after a UEFA penalty for improper behaviour in the Champions League qualification at RB Salzburg.
The French news agency “AFP” reported that the police used tear gas after attacks by guest fans. The Serbian supporters had previously thrown objects at the security forces. The incident lasted between 20 and 30 minutes. A total of 850 police officers were involved in the high-risk game.