Wednesday 24 January 2018

Neymar marks PSG debut in style with first strike

Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar celebrates. Photo: Reuters
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar celebrates. Photo: Reuters

Jack de Menezes

Neymar marked his Paris St Germain debut with a goal and an assist as the capital club cruised to a 3-0 Ligue 1 win at Guingamp.

The Brazil forward, making his much-anticipated first appearance for PSG since joining them from Barcelona for a world-record €222million transfer fee, opened his account with a simple close-range finish in the 82nd minute, after being set up by Edinson Cavani.

Neymar had earlier provided a delightful 62nd-minute pass for Cavani to make it 2-0. The lavishly skilled forward had also been involved in the build-up to the opener in the 52nd minute, a Jordan Ikoko own goal, as he attempted to play in Cavani.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio struck late in the second half to hand Real Madrid a 3-1 victory over bitter rivals Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg in the Nou Camp last night.

Diving

The Portuguese forward was dramatically sent off moments later after a second yellow card for diving having picked up the first for removing his shirt in the celebration.

Lionel Messi's penalty had levelled matters after Gerard Pique put into his own net to put Real ahead.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have extended Ousmane Dembele's suspension indefinitely after the France international went AWOL this week in an attempt to force a move to Barcelona.

The 20-year-old skipped training on Thursday despite the club refusing to give him permission to speak to the Spanish club, who are ramping up their efforts to sign a replacement for Neymar.

Despite Dortmund rejecting a €100m offer from Barcelona, the Frenchman travelled to Spain in the hope of sealing a move to the Nou Camp, and Dortmund responded by suspending him for the weekend's DFB-Pokal first-round encounter with minnows Rielasingen-Arlen.

Dembele is under contract with Dortmund until 2021, and the Bundesliga club have now made the decision not to lift the suspension on Dembele. Dembele joined Dortmund a little over 12 months ago from Rennes on a five-year contract.

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