PSG are through to the last 16 from Champions League Group B after they won against Anderlecht and Celtic failed to beat Bayern Munich.

Marco Verratti curled in a deserved opener after a slick build up involving Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, who then smashed in from 25 yards following a short Julian Draxler corner, cutting inside from the left to score.

After the break, Neymar's free kick was pushed onto the post by the keeper, and Layvin Kurzawa scored the rebound. The left back scored a second with a close range header, then completed an unlikely hat-trick with a fine finish to seal a comfortable and deserved win. 

Marco Verratti curled in a deserved opener for PSG against Anderlecht after a build up involving Kylian Mbappe and Neymar

Marco Verratti curled in a deserved opener for PSG against Anderlecht after a build up involving Kylian Mbappe and Neymar

Marco Verratti curled in a deserved opener for PSG against Anderlecht after a build up involving Kylian Mbappe and Neymar

Neymar then smashed in from 25 yards following a short Julian Draxler corner, cutting inside from the left to score

Neymar then smashed in from 25 yards following a short Julian Draxler corner, cutting inside from the left to score

Neymar then smashed in from 25 yards following a short Julian Draxler corner, cutting inside from the left to score

After the break Neymar's free kick was pushed onto the post by the goalkeeper, and Layvin Kurzawa scored on the rebound

After the break Neymar's free kick was pushed onto the post by the goalkeeper, and Layvin Kurzawa scored on the rebound

After the break Neymar's free kick was pushed onto the post by the goalkeeper, and Layvin Kurzawa scored on the rebound

The defender scored his second with a close range header after Edinson Cavani dummied Dani Alves' volleyed cross

The defender scored his second with a close range header after Edinson Cavani dummied Dani Alves' volleyed cross

The defender scored his second with a close range header after Edinson Cavani dummied Dani Alves' volleyed cross

Kurzawa completed an unlikely hat-trick with 12 minutes to play - and got a kick in the back from Angel Di Maria as celebration

Kurzawa completed an unlikely hat-trick with 12 minutes to play - and got a kick in the back from Angel Di Maria as celebration

Kurzawa completed an unlikely hat-trick with 12 minutes to play – and got a kick in the back from Angel Di Maria as celebration

MATCH FACTS, GOAL SCORERS AND MATCH ZONE

PSG (4-3-3): Areola; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa; Verratti (Lo Celso 65), Rabiot (Pastore 75), Draxler; Mbappe (Di Maria 65), Cavani, Neymar

Unused subs: Trapp, Kimpembe, Meunier, Berchiche

Goals: Verratti 30, Neymar 45+4, Kurzawa 53, 72, 78

Anderlecht (4-3-3): Boeckx; Appiah, Mbodji, Spajic (Josue 46), Obradovic; Kums, Dendoncker, Trebel; Gerkens, Onyekuru (Stanciu 79), Hanni (Teodorczyk 60)

Unused subs: Sels, Deschach, Chipciu, Harbaoui

A swift passing move from inside their own half resulted in Marco Verratti putting PSG in front at home to Anderlecht. For more stats and facts, visit our exclusive MATCH ZONE service by clicking here.

 

 

PSG dominated all evening, Neymar setting the tone with two dangerous shots in the opening 11 minutes, one saved by Frank Boeckx from a tight angle, the other blocked after a one-two with team mate and occasional free-kick adversary Edinson Cavani.

However it was the less heralded Verratti who made it 1-0,the Italian midfielder left in plenty of space on the left side of the box to curl an exquisite opener past the keeper before the half hour mark.

It was Verratti's first Champions League goal since September 2014, as PSG look to exorcise the demons from their sensational exit from the competition at the hands of Barcelona last season, when they lost the second leg 6-1 – with two late goals – after taking a 4-0 advantage to the Nou Camp.

Neymar and Dani Alves also had chances before half time, Alves curling narrowly wide of the top corner following on from blocked effort by his fellow Brazilian. 

Verratti celebrates scoring his first Champions League goal since September 2014 with Neymar and Mbappe

Verratti celebrates scoring his first Champions League goal since September 2014 with Neymar and Mbappe

Verratti celebrates scoring his first Champions League goal since September 2014 with Neymar and Mbappe

The midfielder was left in plenty of space on the left of the box to curl the opener past the keeper before the half hour mark

The midfielder was left in plenty of space on the left of the box to curl the opener past the keeper before the half hour mark

The midfielder was left in plenty of space on the left of the box to curl the opener past the keeper before the half hour mark

The PSG fans celebrate the goal which set the super-rich French side on their way to the last 16 of the competition

The PSG fans celebrate the goal which set the super-rich French side on their way to the last 16 of the competition

The PSG fans celebrate the goal which set the super-rich French side on their way to the last 16 of the competition

However Neymar is rarely denied, and he smashed in from 25 yards following a short Julian Draxler corner, cutting inside from the left to score the stand-out goal of the evening

PSG's Champions League record stands at 17 goals scored, none conceded, four wins in four. Their expensive forward line is gelling to ominous effect.

Anderlecht meanwhile now boast less impressive figures: none scored, 15 conceded, four defeats in four. They are the whipping boys of a tough group, and can only hope to pip Celtic to third place and the Europa League spot. 

After the break Neymar’s 53rd minute free kick was pushed onto post by Boeckx – the keeper went down in stages to his left, and just managed to fingertip ball onto woodwork – and Kurzawa scored on the rebound, the French left back the first to react to score an open goal. 

Neymar's goal was the 14th netted in their four Champions League games - and the 12th conceded by the Belgian minnows

Neymar's goal was the 14th netted in their four Champions League games - and the 12th conceded by the Belgian minnows

Neymar's goal was the 14th netted in their four Champions League games – and the 12th conceded by the Belgian minnows

Neymar celebrates giving PSG a 2-0 lead with a fantastic strike, scored in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time

Neymar celebrates giving PSG a 2-0 lead with a fantastic strike, scored in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time

Neymar celebrates giving PSG a 2-0 lead with a fantastic strike, scored in the fourth minute of first half stoppage time

Hoeckx could only watch helplessly as Neymar proved his £200million worth once again with a long range beauty

Hoeckx could only watch helplessly as Neymar proved his £200million worth once again with a long range beauty

Hoeckx could only watch helplessly as Neymar proved his £200million worth once again with a long range beauty

Kurzawa was the first to react after Neymar's set piece came back off the woodwork, tucking the ball into the unguarded goal

Kurzawa was the first to react after Neymar's set piece came back off the woodwork, tucking the ball into the unguarded goal

Kurzawa was the first to react after Neymar's set piece came back off the woodwork, tucking the ball into the unguarded goal

Dani Alves' superb first time volleyed cross went through Cavani, leaving Kurzawa to nod in from close range

Dani Alves' superb first time volleyed cross went through Cavani, leaving Kurzawa to nod in from close range

Dani Alves' superb first time volleyed cross went through Cavani, leaving Kurzawa to nod in from close range

Kurzawa's third goal was his best - a sumptuously taken low drive into the bottom corner after a slick PSG team move

Kurzawa's third goal was his best - a sumptuously taken low drive into the bottom corner after a slick PSG team move

Kurzawa's third goal was his best – a sumptuously taken low drive into the bottom corner after a slick PSG team move

Kurzawa gestures with three fingers after becoming the first defender in Champions League history to score a hat-trick

Kurzawa gestures with three fingers after becoming the first defender in Champions League history to score a hat-trick

Kurzawa gestures with three fingers after becoming the first defender in Champions League history to score a hat-trick

The left back rather unexpectedly took over the game at this point, and scored a second with a close range header.

A raking cross-field pass to the right corner was met first time with a volleyed cross by Dani Alves, aimed at Cavani who dummied it through his legs, possibly accidentally

Kurzawa stooped to conquer, nodding into the net, and celebrated by holding his finger to his lips – as he did for his first, and then his third.

The France international became first defender in Champions League history to score a hat-trick, completed with low driven finish after a slick team move. 

Neymar swerves with the ball around Anderlecht midfielder Sven Kums as PSG began the game well at the Parc des Princes

Neymar swerves with the ball around Anderlecht midfielder Sven Kums as PSG began the game well at the Parc des Princes

Neymar swerves with the ball around Anderlecht midfielder Sven Kums as PSG began the game well at the Parc des Princes

Neymar had two shots early on, one saved by Frank Boeckx, the other blocked after a one-two with Edinson Cavani

Neymar had two shots early on, one saved by Frank Boeckx, the other blocked after a one-two with Edinson Cavani

Neymar had two shots early on, one saved by Frank Boeckx, the other blocked after a one-two with Edinson Cavani

Defender Layvin Kurzawa jumps over the challenge from Anderlecht midfielder Adrien Trebel in the opening stages

Defender Layvin Kurzawa jumps over the challenge from Anderlecht midfielder Adrien Trebel in the opening stages

Defender Layvin Kurzawa jumps over the challenge from Anderlecht midfielder Adrien Trebel in the opening stages

Kylian Mbappe, another member of PSG's star-studded front line, heads the ball away as the Ligue 1 side faced the Belgians

Kylian Mbappe, another member of PSG's star-studded front line, heads the ball away as the Ligue 1 side faced the Belgians

Kylian Mbappe, another member of PSG's star-studded front line, heads the ball away as the Ligue 1 side faced the Belgians

Anderlecht goalkeeper Frank Boeckx punches the ball off the head of Cavani as PSG completely dominated at home

Anderlecht goalkeeper Frank Boeckx punches the ball off the head of Cavani as PSG completely dominated at home

Anderlecht goalkeeper Frank Boeckx punches the ball off the head of Cavani as PSG completely dominated at home

Neymar was, as ever, the centre of attention, here attempting a spectacular overhead effort as PSG sailed through

Neymar was, as ever, the centre of attention, here attempting a spectacular overhead effort as PSG sailed through

Neymar was, as ever, the centre of attention, here attempting a spectacular overhead effort as PSG sailed through

Anderlecht defender Uros Spajic had to stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury before half time in Paris

Anderlecht defender Uros Spajic had to stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury before half time in Paris

Anderlecht defender Uros Spajic had to stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury before half time in Paris

Unai Emery's PSG would go through from Champions League Group B if they won and Celtic failed to beat Bayern Munich

Unai Emery's PSG would go through from Champions League Group B if they won and Celtic failed to beat Bayern Munich

Unai Emery's PSG would go through from Champions League Group B if they won and Celtic failed to beat Bayern Munich

Anderlecht's head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck reacts as his side suffered a fourth consecutive Champions League defeat

Anderlecht's head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck reacts as his side suffered a fourth consecutive Champions League defeat

Anderlecht's head coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck reacts as his side suffered a fourth consecutive Champions League defeat

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