PSG debut Donnarumma and wins without Messi, Neymar

AP , Saturday 11 Sep 2021


Midfielder Ander Herrera scored twice and Kylian Mbappe added another as French league leader Paris Saint-Germain routed promoted Clermont 4-0 on Saturday to make it five straight wins.

Midfielder Idrissa Gueye came off the bench to add the fourth goal midway through the second half.

Clermont lost for the first time after a bright start to Ligue 1.

Italy's European Championship star goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma, made his debut in goal for PSG, whose home fans must wait a while longer to see Lionel Messi at Parc des Princes.

The Argentina star scored a hat trick in World Cup qualifying on Thursday but was rested along with countrymen Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes and Brazil star Neymar.

Following international duty, they could return on Wednesday when PSG opens its Champions League campaign away to Bruges. Messi could make his home debut next Sunday against Lyon.

But Mbappe shook off a minor calf injury sustained on international duty with France and he finished confidently from Danilo Pereira's pass in the 54th minute.

Herrera grabbed a rare brace with first-half goals and Gueye struck in the 64th.

Later Saturday, Monaco was hosting Marseille.

Sunday's games

Surprise front-runner Angers looks to maintain its unbeaten run when it travels to play struggling Brest.

Nice is also unbeaten ahead of a trip to Nantes and Lyon needs to find form at home to Strasbourg.

Lyon coach Peter Bosz is still getting to grips with his new role after replacing Rudi Garcia and has won only once. Lyon's defense needs to improve quickly after leaking seven goals in four matches.

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