Messi, Neymar star as rampant PSG end Japan tour in style | Football News

OSAKA (Japan): Lionel Messi and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Paris Saint-Germain beat Gamba Osaka 6-2 on Monday to end their pre-season tour of Japan with three wins from three.
The star strikers both played the first 70 minutes in Osaka and Neymar netted a first-half penalty before netting a goal for Messi.
Messi then returned the favor in the second half, releasing Neymar for the Brazilian to score his second goal of the game.
Kylian Mbappe put his name on the scoresheet with a late penalty after playing the final 30 minutes.
Pablo Sarabia and Nuno Mendes also marked for PSGwho now travels to Israel to face Nantes in French Supercup in Tel Aviv on July 31.
Gamba goalkeeper Masaaki Higashiguchi frustrated the PSG stars early in the game, first denying Messi and then fending off Neymar with the Brazilian on goal.
The French champions found a way through in the 28th minute after a defensive error handed the ball to Messi, whose save shot fell well for Sarabia to slam home.
Neymar did just that two minutes later, curling his penalty to the left of the goalkeeper after the Brazilian striker was knocked down in the box.
Gamba fought back when Keisuke Kurokawa brought the ball home after Gianluigi Donnarumma initially prevented the Japanese side with a sharp reflex save.
Mendes restored PSG’s cushion after controlling a pass from Vitinha and kicking the ball past the goalkeeper.
Messi made it four after Neymar picked him in the box to drive the ball home.
Neymar scored his second in the 60th minute but Gamba kept PSG on their toes, Hiroto Yamami returning the ball in the 70th minute.
Mbappe added the finishing touch for PSG with an 86th-minute penalty.

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