Neymar's debut sees him link up with Cavani and send PSG to victory
GUINGAMP, France -- Neymar scored one goal and set up another on his debut as Paris Saint-Germain won 3-0 away at Guingamp on Sunday, also thanks to Edinson Cavani's strike and Jordan Ikoko's own goal.
Neymar: The Brazilian superstar made his long-awaited maiden appearance in PSG colours and did not disappoint. He lit up Stade de Roudourou and teed up Cavani before getting in on the act himself.
Thiago Silva: The captain was authoritative at the back and helped his team avoid a potential upset.
Handled tricky match. Unai Emery's men easily could have underestimated their Breton hosts, but despite a goalless first half, the French capital outfit were calm and methodical, eventually opening Guingamp up three times.
Angel Di Maria: Like against Amiens in the first game of the season, the Argentina international was far from at his best and appears ready to surrender his place in the starting XI to either compatriot Javier Pastore or Julian Draxler.
Thiago Motta: The Italian veteran offered little in midfield, and it was like Les Parisiens were a man light at times -- two if you consider Di Maria's ineptitude.
Layvin Kurzawa: The France international contributed more than the likes of Di Maria and Motta, but not by much. Despite the convincing final score, these three could have done more to help their team overcome their hosts sooner.
Manager rating out of 10
7 -- Emery picked a starting XI that got the job done, but he could and perhaps should have changed things before he chose to after 79 minutes. Di Maria, Motta and Kurzawa were lucky that Marco Verratti and Adrien Rabiot were withdrawn instead.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Alphonse Areola, 7 -- The Frenchman looked a little wobbly early on but was ultimately solid between the sticks.
DF Dani Alves, 6 -- The Brazil international continues to offer a lot to this PSG side, and though he was not as decisive as in his first two appearances, he was an energetic attacking threat.
DF Marquinhos, 6 -- The Brazilian was calm alongside compatriot Silva at the heart of defence, and he could have opened the scoring in the first half when his header from a Neymar ball in hit the crossbar.
DF Thiago Silva, 7 -- The skipper was in commanding form, and despite a late injury scare, he marshalled the back-line well and was dominant in the air.
DF Layvin Kurzawa, 5 -- Was not asked to do too much defensively but was often found lacking going forward and regularly struggled to link up with his teammates.
MF Thiago Motta, 4 -- Physically, the experienced Italian is becoming more of a burden with each match. With him in the midfield, there is a lack of dynamism, and Blaise Matuidi could solve that if Adrien Rabiot were moved into Motta's deep-lying role.
MF Marco Verratti, 5 -- The Italy international is still some way below his best but looked sharper than he did against Amiens at least. The Azzurri star was replaced by Pastore with 11 minutes go and had a second-half yellow card to his name when he was withdrawn.
MF Adrien Rabiot, 6 -- The France international's solid start continued with another performance as the driving force from the midfield until he was replaced by Matuidi with four minutes to go.
FW Angel Di Maria, 3 -- El Fideo tried plenty, but little came off, and his failure to connect with the ball when well-placed in the first half was pathetic. The South American has started this season the way he started the last one, and it is concerning.
FW Edinson Cavani, 7 -- The Uruguay international put in another unselfish showing with a second consecutive goal and assist haul. He finished well from a Neymar assist before turning provider for his new teammate. Cavani also was denied by Karl-Johan Johnsson on a first-half free kick and a low effort in the second half.
FW Neymar, 8 -- A dream debut. PSG's new No. 10 was vibrant and added a goal and an assist to his array of tricks and flicks from the first half. The Brazil international and Cavani already appear to have struck an understanding, which bodes well.
MF Javier Pastore, NR -- The Argentina international got only the final 11 minutes, which was not enough to make an impression. He could have done more than compatriot Di Maria, who was disappointing.
MF Blaise Matuidi, NR -- Replaced Rabiot late on and barely got time to touch the ball, let alone contribute meaningfully.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.