Lionel Messi scored two goals – including an acrobatic overhead kick – as Paris St Germain opened their Ligue 1 season with a comfortable 5-0 win in Clermont.
Neymar gave PSG the lead after just nine minutes before then setting up Achraf Hakimi to score a second home goal.
Marquinhos nodded after Neymar’s free-kick to make it 3-0 before half-time.
With ten minutes left, Neymar scored PSG’s fourth goal while playing against Messi.
The Argentinian maestro capped a good team performance when he ran into the Clermont box on a pass from Leandro Paredes, chested the ball and flipped it up to score with a perfectly executed overhead kick.
Earlier, Monaco won 2-1 in Strasbourg with goals on either side of the break from Krepin Diatta, volleying from long range, and Sofiane Diop.
Strasbourg saw what would have been an injury-time equalizer ruled out by VAR for an offside position in the build-up.
After Erling Haaland, Borussia Dortmund started with a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the opening game of the new Bundesliga season at Signal Iduna Park.
Haaland’s £51.1million move to Manchester City was the summer’s European headline – and Dortmund needed an answer after champions Bayern Munich made their mark with a 6-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night.
Marco Reus calmed the nervousness early on when he broke the lead in the 10th minute.
Leverkusen saw a second-half header from Exequiel Palacio, ruled out for offside, and ended the game with 10 men after goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky was shown a red card in added time for playing the ball outside his box.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s new head coach Daniel Farke started with a 3-1 home win against Hoffenheim.
The guests, who were looked after by Andre Breitenreiter for the first time, saw defender Stefan Posch sent off early after receiving two yellow cards within four minutes.
Hoffenheim took the lead after a counterattack by Robert Skov, before Ramy Bensebaini leveled with an acrobatic overhead kick just before half-time.
Marcus Thuram and Nico Elvedi both scored in the last 20 minutes as Die Fohlen recovered to get their campaign going.
Freiburg won 4-0 at Augsburg. Michael Gregoritsch made a stop against his former club early in the second half before Italy midfielder Vincenzo Grifo quickly rebounded from a long-range free-kick.
Matthias Ginter and debutant Ritsu Doan also both scored in the closing stages to complete a miserable Bundesliga first leg for Augsburg boss Enrico Maassen.
Karim Onisiwo scored in every half in Mainz’s 2-1 win in Bochum, while a late goal from Josuha Guilavogui Wolfsburg secured a 2-2 home draw with Werder Bremen.
Union Berlin secured local bragging rights with a 3-1 win over city rivals Hertha at the An der Alten Forsterei stadium.
American international Jordan Siebatcheu put the home side in front after half an hour, Sheraldo Becker and Robin Knoche scored twice in the space of four minutes in the second half.
Dodi Lukebakio scored a late consolation goal for Hertha, who had prevented relegation in the relegation game last season.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/lionel-messi-bundesliga-psg-bt-sport-neymar-b2139930.html Lionel Messi scores an overhead kick in the Ligue 1 opener as PSG beat Clermont