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Neymar-less PSG beat Amiens SC



Neymar Jr at the PSG’s Parc des Princes Stadium today

Paris Saint Germain, PSG, without their jewel, Neymar Jr, started the Ligue 1  at their Parc des Princes Stadium with victory over visiting Amiens SC.

Goals by Cavani and Pastore in 42nd and  81st minute gave the Parisians the maximum three points on the first day of the League.

It was a match that they deserved to win as they dominated possession  63 per cent to Amiens 37 from the blast of the whistle till the end. They also had more attempts at the goal than the visitors.

Before the match,  Neymar received a hero’s welcome from the Paris Saint-Germain faithful, when he was presented.

The 25 year-old Brazilian mega star vowed to win “lots of trophies” following his world record transfer.

“Thank you! I’m very happy, I’m delighted to be here for this new challenge,” said Neymar as fireworks went off around him and fans chanted his name over and again.

“I want to win lots of trophies with you and I need your support to win these trophies,” added the former Barcelona and Santos star.

“Paris is magic!” he said in French before calling out the club’s motto: “Ici, c’est Paris!” — Here, it’s Paris.

Hopes the Brazil captain would make his debut for the club were dashed by red tape as his international transfer certificate wasn’t lodged in time with the French league, meaning he would have to watch his new team-mates from the stands against Amiens.

But PSG had already started to recuperate part of his mammoth transfer fee on Friday when he was officially unveiled as the most expensive player in history at 222 million euros ($264m).

The club sold more than 10,000 shirts with his name and No.10 on the back on Friday, bringing in around one million euros.

They also expected to sell another 15,000 shirts on Saturday while a 45,000 sell-out crowd would watch the opening game of the season.

*With report by AFP

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