Neymar Sent Off In thrilling ‘Le Classique’ Clash, As Cavani Rescue PSG From First Loss



Edison Cavani rescues Paris Saint-Germain from their first loss of the season, with PSG’s unbeaten record under genuine threat in ‘Le Classique’ against Marseille, the red fog descended on Neymar as he was sent for an early shower.

PSG had the chance of the match when Neymar played in Layvin Kurzawa down the left. Subsequent to seeing an attempted cross hindered, the left-back smashed the ball and the shot went over the bar.

Marseille breaks the deadlock through a fantastic long-range strike from Luiz Gustavo. Dimitri Payet provides the Brazilian midfielder a pass, and from 30 yards out, he released a relentless left-footed strike that swerved into the visitors bottom left corner.

PSG steeping up the pressure looking for an equalizer which at long last paid off through summer signing Neymar who recover the ousted champions to the game to make 1-1 and draw level just after the half-hour mark.


Marseille took a surprise lead after 78 minutes when substitute Clinton Njie denied Rabiot of the ball down the right and his intuitive whipped cross was met by former Newcastle winger Thauvin at the front post for a pounding volley to put Marseille up front again.

With Paris Saint-Germain trailing at the Stade Velodrome in the 87th minute, Neymar broke free of two Marseille players before being stumbled by Lucas Ocampos.

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Neymar bounced up straight and pushed Ocampos, and the Argentinian winger hit the deck like a pack of cards. Minutes after the incident the official waved a yellow card for the two players, which means Neymar would not finish the match.

Neymar who had already been booked for unnecessary complain minutes earlier and he sarcastically clapped for the referee and smile at the decision as he walks down the dressing room for an early shower.

However, before Neymar could even make his first shower in the locker room– Cavani earned a free-kick and he crushed it past Mandanda and in off the crossbar to get a point for PSG.

“We are a little disappointed about the sending off because he was fouled a lot throughout the match,” Emery told a news conference.

“I think the referee also needs to think well. We must protect the players.

“The yellow card, I think it’s not fair to Neymar. He’s a player who wants to play, but if every game he is provoked, [there is] aggression… I think it’s a job to protect the important players in both teams.”

Luiz Gustavo and Florian Thauvin had put Marseille ahead twice, but Cavani’s tremendous late free-kick earned a point for league leaders PSG.

Emery felt a draw was what his team, who are four points clear at the top of Ligue 1 log.

“The difficulty for us is the grass was long, the match had less rhythm. We wanted more rhythm, more play, but it was difficult,” he said.

“They had an opportunity and they scored in the first half. After 2-1 and the sending off, it was difficult for us but the character of the team helped us draw.

“The result is right.”


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