Neymar targets improvement after phenomenal home debut for PSG

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Neymar said he was already feeling at home at PSG after scoring twice in a dazzling display in his second match for the French club following his record transfer from Barcelona.
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Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar celebrates scoring the team's sixth goal — and his second — against Toulouse during their French Ligue 1 game at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017.

Neymar said he was already feeling at home at Paris Saint-Germain after scoring twice in a dazzling display in his second match for the French club following his record transfer from Barcelona.

In addition to his two goals in his first match at Parc des Princes, Neymar set up two more and won a penalty as 10-man PSG trounced Toulouse 6-2 to go top of Ligue 1 on Sunday.

"I already feel at home here," he told local media. "The team plays in the Brazilian style and this helps my integration.

"I love the atmosphere of the Parc des Princes. The fans supported us until the last minute. They made a lot of noise.

"Now I want to adapt quicker... I think I can improve."

Neymar, who moved from Barcelona for 222 million euros (US$260.61 million) earlier this month, has now scored three goals in two matches for his new club after opening his account on debut against Guingamp last week.

The 25-year-old left his best until last on Sunday, showing brilliant control, and benefiting from a bit of luck, as he danced around five defenders before planting the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time.

"I do not really remember what happened on my second goal, the most important thing is that it went into the back of the net," he said.

Toulouse striker Andy Delort, whose foul on the Brazilian led to the penalty converted by Edinson Cavani, compared Neymar's skills to those of another Brazilian who made his mark at Barcelona and PSG.

"He's a phenomenon, an artist," he told L'Equipe. "It was like Ronaldinho, we never knew what to expect when he got the ball. I do not know if there's a way to stop him.

"The only positive thing is that we only have to face him once more in the championship."

The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with champion Monaco and Saint-Etienne also maintaining their 100 percent records with three wins each.

PSG, last year's runner-up, hosts Saint-Etienne next weekend in their fourth match of the season.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Lucas Ocampos missed a late chance to score an injury-time winner and then got sent off as Marseille drew 1-1 at home to Angers, The Associated Press reported.

The Argentina forward latched onto a headed flick from striker Valere Germain and sprinted into the penalty area. But rather than shoot, Ocampos cut inside from the left but lost control of the ball. As he tried to get it back, he recklessly lunged into defender Romain Thomas, catching him just below the knee.

Earlier, Clinton Njie made it three goals in three games to put Marseille ahead in the 17th minute.

Striker Karl Toko Ekambi equalized for Angers in the 71st.

Caen's second goal in a 2-0 win at Lille came after a flowing team move involving more than 10 passes.

The ball went from midfield to the right flank and then over to the left, where Ronny Rodelin guided it back over to the right for strike partner Ivan Santini to score at the far post in the 69th minute.

Defender Damien Da Silva headed in the opening goal.


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