UCL: Neymar Hat-trick As PSG Blitz Basaksehir, Atalanta Eliminate Ajax

Neymar scored a hat-trick as Paris St Germain topped Group H with a 5-1 home victory over Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday, a day after the game was suspended amid an alleged racist incident.

PSG and Istanbul Basaksehir players, as well as the three field referees, took a knee around the centre circle in an anti-racism message before the restart of the tie one day after both teams walked off in protest after the Turkish side had accused the assistant referee of using a racist word against their assistant coach Pierre Webo.

A new set of officials were in charge, with Dutchman Danny Makkelie appointed referee.

Both sets of players and the officials wore ‘no to racism’ T-shirts in the warm-up, with anti-racism banners in the stands

Pierre Webo, who had been sent off, had his red card suspended pending a UEFA investigation into the incident and the Cameroonian sat on the bench with the rest of the team’s staff.

Neymar opened the scoring by nutmegging a defender and curling home, before finishing off a counter-attack and getting his third from 20 yards.

Kylian Mbappe scored twice, including a penalty won for a foul on Neymar.

France striker Mbappe, 21, became the youngest player to score 20 goals in the Champions League.

Mehmet Topal scored Basaksehir’s goal.

PSG, who had already qualified for the last 16, advanced from the group stage with 12 points, ahead of RB Leipzig thanks to their better head-to-head record against the German side. Manchester United who finished with nine points dropped to the Europa League.

Elsewhere, Atalanta pipped Ajax to second place in Group D after a late Luis Muriel goal gave them victory over the Dutch side.

The Italians who reached the quarterfinals last season, led Ajax by a point and needed to avoid defeat in Holland to qualify.

But they went one better, securing all three points as they made the most of their numerical advantage after Ryan Gravenberch was sent off in the 79th minute with substitute Muriel netting the winner six minutes later.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah became Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in Champions League with 22 goals after he scored in their 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland.

Liverpool already assured of top spot in Group D took the lead after just 55 seconds but Alexander Scholz scored from the spot in the second half as the hosts earned just their second point of their debut campaign.