Moise Kean double earns PSG win over Basaksehir but Neymar goes off injured

Moise Kean double earns PSG win over Basaksehir but Neymar goes off injured

On-loan forward Moise Kean scored twice and Kylian Mbappé grabbed two assists as Paris Saint-Germain overcame a sluggish start and a first-half injury to Neymar in a 2-0 away win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

Kean opened the scoring in the 64th minute, heading home unmarked from an Mbappé corner from the left. The 20-year-old Italian, on loan from Premier League leaders Everton, got his second in the 79th minute with a left-footed shot from Mbappé’s pass to get PSG off the mark in Group H.

Neymar was forced off in the 26th minute due to a thigh problem and was replaced by Pablo Sarabia. The Brazilian, who has recently recovered from a back problem, initially received treatment and returned to the field, but was unable to continue.

“It was necessary for [Neymar] to come off. Not severe pain, but he felt some discomfort,” head coach Thomas Tuchel told RMC Sport, confirming the forward will have a scan on Thursday. “I hope it isn’t too serious. In a very tight schedule like we have, it could cost [him] a few matches.”

Aiming to bounce back from the home defeat to Manchester United, PSG struggled to create chances in a tight first half and needed keeper Keylor Navas to save a rasping shot from Edin Visca in the 57th minute to stay level.

Visca had another attempt blocked by Sarabia at point-blank range a minute later, and it proved decisive as Kean made the breakthrough soon after to leave the Champions League debutants pointless after two games.

“Towards the end of the first half we suffered. But we played a good game and held out until the end,” Kean said. “Above all, I’m happy with my team mates. We played away, which isn’t easy. We held firm and got the win. This start will give me strength.”