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Neymar, Four Others See Red In Marseille’s First Win Over PSG In Nine Years

Neymar, Layvin Kurzawa, Leandro Paredes, and two Olympique Marseille players were shown red in a tense Ligue 1 encounter at the Parc des Princes, in which the visitors secured a first win over their bitter rivals in nine years.

Florian Thauvin scored the only goal on 31 minutes at the capital, earning his side a first victory over PSG since November 2011, in a game which ended with five red cards in injury time.

PSG, who lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich last month, have now lost their opening two games of a season without scoring for the first time since 1978/79, making the task for Thomas Tuchel’s coronavirus-afflicted side more difficult.

A frenzied schedule awaits them, starting with the visit of Metz in mid-week and a trip to Nice next Sunday, and Neymar now faces a suspension for a slap on Marseille defender, Alvaro Gonzalez.

The Brazilian appeared to accuse his opponent of racism, as he followed Kurzawa and Paredes down the tunnel after he was sent off following a VAR review.

Argentine striker, Dario Benedetto, and left-back, Jordan Amavi, were shown red cards for the visitors.

Marseille are attempting to close the gap on PSG, after coming a distant second last season and find themselves with an early six-point advantage over a club that has won the title seven of the past eight years.

After fielding a depleted line-up at Lens on Thursday, Tuchel was able to recall Neymar and Angel Di Maria for a match played in front of around 4,000 supporters in Paris.

However, Kylian Mbappe remained absent after testing positive for Covid-19 on France duty at the start of the week, with Mauro Icardi and Marquinhos also still missing.

PSG handed a debut to Italy international, Alessandro Florenzi, following his arrival on a season-long loan from Roma, while Sergio Rico started in goal after rejoining on a long-term deal.

Marseille keeper, Steve Mandanda, produced a magnificent reflex to keep out an effort from Marco Verratti just a minute in, as tempers bubbled over frequently in the capital.

Thauvin, who shone in Marseille’s opening 3-2 win at Brest before the international break, made the breakthrough when he turned in a Dimitri Payet free-kick from point-blank range.

Di Maria found the net for PSG just past the hour, but had strayed clearly behind the last defender, and Marseille’s celebrations were cut short in similar fashion moments later, when a Benedetto goal was ruled offside.

The Argentine rifled in a rebound after Rico parried from Thauvin, who was controversially adjudged to be in an offside position, much to the frustration of Marseille.

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.

 

AFP

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