The PSG man was in particular too willing to engage in a feud
Finally retuning to the pitch for PSG after his annual injury shenanigans in the month of March, Neymar’s addition was meant to be a massive shot in the arm for PSG.
The club which took on second placed Lille on Saturday knew this match was one the side couldn’t afford to lose. In one of the most tightly contested and feisty title races in years in the Ligue 1, every point at the moment is worth gold.
Unfortunately for PSG, Neymar’s addition ended up doing more manage than good. Chasing a 1-0 deficit as the went into the tailend of the showdown, PSG were reduced to 10 men after Neymar was given his marching orders.
Neymar Earns Red Card
Neymar who had fouled Lille’s Tiago Djalo was involved in a rift with Djalo ensuing the incident. The Lille man was seething after being fouled, an impediment he didn’t take too nicely to as he and Neymar went at loggerheads on the pitch.
Both were dished out red cards for their antics. However, the two couldn’t be separated away from the park as well as their bust-up spilt inside the tunnel as well with Neymar having had to be held back as things turned sour between the duo.
Neymar and Djalo have a fight in the tunnel during the PSG & Lille football match pic.twitter.com/Xptluo6BzP
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Lille ultimately did manage to hold onto their one goal lead and with reclaim their relinquished top spot. PSG fell three points behind Lille with seven matches in the league remaining and will be devoid of Neymar’s services of the ensuing match as the player earned his third red card in his last 14 outings.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino meanwhile was extremely critical of his side’s performance on the day.
“We didn’t score, and they did. They created fewer chances than us, but they were more clinical in front of goal,” Pochettino said at his post-match press conference after the game.
“I think we deserved more at least a point or even three. In the end, we lost, and of course, we are very disappointed with the result. We did not create enough. We created more than them but not enough, and maybe we showed a lack of aggression in the final third. We were thinking that with the dominance, we would score, but in the end, the time ran out, we did not score, and we lost the game.
“It’s going to be difficult. We knew very well that it was going to be tough until the end and of course we need to keep going and think of all competitions. We have got the Champions League coming up, so we’ll focus on that.”