Neymar among five sent off as Olympique Marseille beat Paris Saint Germain
Sep 14 2020
Neymar was among five players sent off in stoppage time Sunday as Marseille beat bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain for the first time in nine years.
The pressure for the German coach and his PSG team may grow in the coming week as they face a busy schedule with a clash against last season's runners-up Marseille on Sunday and followed by Metz at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
In the end, following a late foul by Leandro Paredes on Dario Benedetto which caused a scuffle, those in the VAR room noticed that Neymar had hit Alvaro on the back of the head.
Neymar "told me it was a racist insult, but I didn't hear anything on the pitch", PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said.
Benedetto and Paredes were each shown second yellow cards, with Kurzawa and Amavi shown straight reds.
The French Ligue 1 champions totally dominated the game but were heartbroken by Igniatius Ganago who scored the only goal in the second half to hand the hosts all the three points. "It's always risky. We have to talk with the players, the doctors too".
The 28-year-old striker was one of seven players in the PSG squad who had tested positive recently.
PSG's last goal came in the 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League semi-final on August 18, and Neymar poked wide from a Pablo Sarabia cross before the contest turned ugly at the finish.
Thauvin spent most of last season sidelined with a problematic ankle injury, but made it two goals in two games this campaign following a smart run to the back post to turn in playmaker Dimitri Payet's free kick.
Neymar and Di Maria were among six players who tested positive for COVID-19 following a club-approved trip to Ibiza soon after losing the Champions League final. They started the match with their third-choice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka and it was the 20-year-old who handed Lens the win with an bad blunder 11 minutes after the break.
PSG thought they had equalised when Gueye slipped in Angel Di Maria, only for the offside flag to cut short their celebrations.