PSG’s second defeat in the French league was in a tense game against arch-rival Olympique de Marseille, marked by fights between players and five expulsions, including that of Neymar. PSG ended the game with 8 players on the field against 9 of the opponent, who won 1-0.
The most rivalry classic in French football ended in a sad spectacle starring players who had a lot of friction during the match. In the final minutes, already in the additions, the tension turned into punches and kicks on the pitch involving athletes from both teams.
Neymar, back after recovering from Covid-19, was one of the Parisians who took the red card. Very nervous, the Brazilian fell out mainly with the Spanish defender Álvaro Gonzalez from Marseille. He complained several times with the referees and videos circulating on social networks and on websites, showing PSG shirt 10 saying “no racism”, in reference to alleged insults heard during the opponent’s game.
On Twitter, the Brazilian said that he regretted not having “hit the face of this asshole”.
At a press conference, the coaches commented on the case. Olympique coach André Villas-Boas tried to put it into perspective: “There is no place for racism in football and I don’t think that was the case. The most important thing is the victory of the OM ”, he said.
Subsequently, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said that Neymar had commented on the racism charge with him. “He told me it was an insult, but I didn’t hear it on the field. Racism should not exist, ‘said the German, who lamented his team’s lack of emotional control at various points during the match, particularly in the final three minutes.
In addition to Neymar, midfielder Leandro Paredes and full-back Kurzawa were expelled from the Parisian side, while Avida and Benedetto do Marseille were expelled after taking the second yellow after the confusion.
Disembarked by major players like Mbappé and Maquinhos, who are still recovering from the new coronavirus, PSG had the mission to erase the bad image of the championship debut when they were defeated by Lens.
But Neymar’s return was not enough for the Parisian team to confirm his favoritism over the archenemy on his return to Parc des Princes. The Brazilian was at the origin of the good play in the beginning, when just after two minutes, PSG had a clear chance of goal, but stopped in the good defense of goalkeeper Mandanda.
With a closed and better physically team, Olympique de Marseille managed to close the gap and managed to reach the goal first on their first opportunity, in a good stop move. In the 31st minute, in a long free-kick, Payet found striker Thauvin free to open the scoring, taking advantage of a scoring failure.
In the second half, Olympique de Marseille controlled the offensive of the Parisian team, which built little and had rare opportunities to reach the tie.
Neymar, very nervous and who fell out several times with opposing players during the match, was even moved to the edge of the attack in the final stage, but was unsuccessful in the plays.
In addition to the traditional rivalry, the tense atmosphere of this reunion between the two teams became more intense after the PSG defeat in the Champions League final. Supporters of Marseille, Europe’s only French club, and player Payet, teased the PSG’s failure at Bayern Munich.
PSG collapses on the table
With the result, Olympique de Marseille broke a 10-year fast without winning PSG at the Parc des Princes. The last victory was in February 2010.
In two games, the Marseille team reached fifth place on the table with six points. Paris Saint-Germain fell to 18th place with two defeats. The Parisian team returns to the field next Wednesday to face Metz, in a match that had been postponed due to the team’s participation in the final of the European Champions League.