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Football Briefs: PSG sink St Etienne as NBA great Curry watches

August 26, 2017 15:23 IST

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NBA Star Stephen Curry greets PSG's Edinson Cavani in the dressing room after their victory over St Etienne at Parc Des Princes stadium in Paris on Friday

IMAGE: NBA Star Stephen Curry greets PSG's Edinson Cavani in the dressing room after their victory over St Etienne at Parc Des Princes stadium in Paris on Friday. Photograph: PSG/Twitter

Paris St Germain extended their perfect start to the Ligue 1 campaign with a 3-0 home win over St Etienne watched by NBA star Stephen Curry, who attended the match as a special guest of the French side's Brazil forward Neymar on Friday.

 

Golden State Warriors player Curry received a PSG team shirt with his name emblazoned on the back and took a ceremonial kick off before moving to the Parc Des Princes VIP section for the start of the game.

Neymar was returning Curry's hospitality after being his guest in the 2017 NBA finals when the Warriors blew away the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Two goals by Edinson Cavani either side of a 51st-minute effort by Italy's Brazilian-born midfielder Thiago Motta kept PSG top of the standings with a maximum 12 points from four games.

Neymar, who racked up three goals and as many assists in his opening two matches for PSG, looked somewhat subdued in Curry's presence and many of his passes went astray.

However, two trademark moments of brilliance from the 25-year old were enough to pick the lock.

On 20 minutes he delivered an inch-perfect pass to Cavani, who was hauled down by Saido Janko. The Uruguay striker converted the spot kick to put the home side ahead.

Motta doubled the lead, drilling in an unstoppable close-range shot after Marquinhos chested down an expertly floated Neymar free kick into the penalty box.

PSG keeper Alphonse Areola made several good saves as St Etienne, after soaking up incessant pressure, threatened to claw their way back into the game from rare breakaway moves.

Cavani extended his recent good form with his second goal and fifth in four league games when he rounded off a flowing move with a back-heel finish from close range in the 90th minute.

Hamburg beat Cologne for best league start in eight years

Hamburg SV enjoyed their best start to a season in eight years after they surprised hosts Cologne 3-1 on Friday to climb to the top of the Bundesliga.

The northern club, who were on the brink of relegation three times in the last four seasons, made it two wins out of two league matches thanks to first half goals from newcomer Andre Hahn and American Bobby Wood and a late one from Lewis Holtby.

Hamburg scored against the run of play when Hahn whipped in his first ever shot for his new team after Cologne had failed to clear a corner in the 28th minute.

Some more sloppy Cologne defending six minutes later allowed Wood to slip into the box and double their lead.

Cologne twice hit the woodwork either side of the break with Jonas Hector and Jhon Cordoba but their momentum was disrupted when referee Felix Brych went off injured, forcing a 10-minute break for his replacement, Soeren Storks, to get ready.

Hamburg were then left with 10 men when Mergim Mavraj was sent off with a second booking and Cordoba had another huge chance but Hamburg keeper Christian Mathenia's superb point-blank double save protected their two-goal cushion.

In a frantic finale Frederik Soerensen got a deserved goal for the hosts but substitute Holtby restored the visitors' advantaged three minutes later killing off Cologne's hopes of a comeback.

There was another record for Hamburg as Dennis Diekmeier became the first Bundesliga in-field player to have gone 183 matches without having scored a goal.

Champions Bayern Munich can also make it two wins in a row when they travel to Werder Bremen on Saturday while Borussia Dortmund, who also won their season opener last week, host Hertha Berlin. 

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