Champions League, Neymar smashes hat-trick against Basaksehir: Records brokenLast updated on Dec 10, 2020, 12:43 pm
Brazilian star Neymar scored a hat-trick to help Paris Saint-Germain thrash Istanbul Basaksehir 5-1 on matchday six of the UEFA Champions League.
PSG qualified for the round of 16 as Group H winners.
Earlier, the match was abandoned after the fourth official was accused of using a racist term towards Basaksehir assistant Pierre Webo.
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Neymar scores third UCL hat-trick, Mbappe shines
Neymar made his presence felt with a third Champions League hat-trick.
He opened the scoring by easing past a defender and curling home.
The second goal came off a devastating counter-attack and he got his third from 20 yards.
Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe scored twice, including a penalty won for a foul on Neymar.
Mehmet Topal scored Basaksehir's only goal.
Neymar races to 41 Champions League goals
In 65 Champions League games, Neymar has amassed 41 goals and 24 assists.
That's a total involvement of 65 goals in 65 games.
As per Opta, Neymar has the third-highest hat-tricks in UCL (3).
Only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have more (8).
He is now PSG's joint-second best scorer in the competition and has gone level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (20).
Neymar joins an elite company in Champions League
Neymar is now amongst the top five to become the fastest to 40 goals in the Champions League.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star Ruud van Nistelrooy achieved the mark in 45 games (record).
Messi and Robert Lewandowski share a joint-record (61 matches).
Neymar follows suit, reaching the milestone in his 65th appearance.
He bettered Karim Benzema's tally (67 games).
Neymar improves his tally, Mbappe smashes a record
Neymar has raced to six UCL goals this season from five games, besides collecting nine across competitions.
Notably, he has scored in three successive UCL matches.
He now has 79 goals for PSG in just 96 games.
As per Opta, Mbappe is now the youngest player to reach 20 goals in UCL history.
He broke Lionel Messi's record (22 years and 8 months).
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First player to achieve this UCL record
Neymar became the first player to score 20 goals for two different clubs in the Champions League. He had amassed 21 goals in 40 UCL games for Barcelona. And now, he has netted 20 in just 25 games for PSG in the competition.