Monday 20 August 2018

'Le Clash': Neymar and Edinson Cavani 'kept apart in PSG dressing room after penalty kick row'

Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (L) and Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Neymar and Edinson Cavani had to be kept apart in the PSG dressing room following their on-pitch row at the weekend, according to reports in France.

L'Equipe claim that the pair's disagreement over who should take a penalty during their win over Lyon continued after the match.

Cavani has denied there is a problem between him and PSG's world-record summer signing, telling French media: I learned of the story just now talking with my brother, about people saying that Cavani won’t let anyone take penalties and that there’s a problem with Neymar. The truth is that there’s no problem."

During the 2-0 win, Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes made several decisive saves and sent a penalty kick from Cavani onto the bar in the 79th minute.

Moments before, Cavani and Neymar had been seen arguing about who should take the penalty.

A few minutes before that, Cavani had tried to take a free kick but Neymar's good friend and fellow Brazilian Dani Alves took the ball and gave it to the former Barcelona star.

Cavani thrived last season as PSG's main striker, finishing as the French league's top scorer and bagging a remarkable 49 goals in 50 games across all competitions. Neymar's arrival from Barcelona for a world record has taken the spotlight away from him.

Cavani went back to the dressing room straight after the final whistle while his teammates celebrated on the pitch.

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