Monday, 20 March, 2023

Neymar sees red for simulation in PSG win

Kylian Mbappe scored an injury-time penalty to seal a 2-1 win for Paris Saint-Germain over Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Wednesday before admitting he will never get over France’s World Cup final defeat to Argentina, reports AFP. Mbappe was back in action 10 days after scoring a hat-trick in the final. PSG had Neymar sent off for two yellow cards as the Brazilian picked up a yellow for a petulant flick in the face of a Strasbourg player and then earned another for a blatant dive in the penalty area just after the hour. Captain Marquinhos had put the hosts ahead with an early header but the Brazilian defender scored an own goal after 51 minutes as some of PSG’s stars appeared to be suffering a post-Qatar hangover. Mbappe had been a constant menace for PSG but was unable to find the target with two clear-cut chances. But deep into

second-half injury time he was brought down in the penalty area and converted the winner from the spot in the 96th minute. After the game, Mbappe said of the World Cup defeat: “I think I’m never going to get over it.” The victory put PSG eight points ahead of Lens.