Neymar nets winner as league leader PSG wins 1-Zero at Toulouse
Neymar confirmed there was no hangover from his lavish celebration by scoring the winner as leader Paris Saint-Germain received at Toulouse 1-Zero within the French league on Saturday.
Neymar settled a scrappy match with a typical second of ability halfway by way of the second half. He drifted into the left facet of the penalty space and reduce previous two players earlier than his deflected shot considerably fortuitously wrong-footed goalkeeper Alban Lafont.
The win saved PSG 12 factors forward of defending champion Monaco, which received at Angers 4-Zero and moved as much as second place.
Marseille, which drew at Saint-Etienne 2-2 on Friday, was 13 factors again in third.
But this was a largely uninspired PSG efficiency apart from Neymar. He has 19 objectives in 18 league video games since becoming a member of from Barcelona for a world document 222 million euros ($260 million).
Neymar had loads of spare money to throw a mega-party final Sunday to rejoice turning 26. To a Paris membership, he invited 300 company – together with his teammates, his coach, his membership president – and 50 eager partygoers from Brazil.
As a outcome, coach Unai Emery gave Neymar a relaxation on a cold Tuesday when PSG performed at Sochaux; and it proved a considered transfer as the silky Neymar appeared in high quality type. He virtually added a second objective late on with an excellent curling shot from 25 meters which bounced off the crossbar.
PSG wants Neymar like this. The membership performs Real Madrid within the Champions League on Wednesday, within the first leg of the final 16. PSG has a giant level to show after being humiliated 6-1 by Barcelona at the identical stage final yr – with Neymar PSG’s chief tormentor that night time.
“We’re ready. We don’t have the right not to be ready,” PSG midfielder Marco Verratti stated. “We’re content material as a result of issues are going nicely within the league. “
NO FALCAO, NO PROBLEM
Stevan Jovetic stepped in completely for injured prime scorer Radamel Falcao, scoring twice in Monaco’s 4-Zero win at Angers.
Jovetic was hailed amongst Europe’s brightest younger skills when he made his breakthrough with Fiorentina Serie A, however his profession was stalled by accidents.
He has settled in nicely since becoming a member of Monaco from Inter Milan. His first objective after 31 minutes was beautifully taken, as he delicately flicked the ball over advancing goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle from a good angle. He tapped in his second from Thomas Lemar’s cross halfway by way of the second half.
Butelle’s personal objective put Monaco forward within the 12th and middle half Andrea Raggi accomplished the scoring.
Gus Poyet has energized Bordeaux and beating Amiens 3-2 was his third straight win since taking cost.
With the previous Tottenham and Chelsea midfielder aggressively barking orders from the touchline, Bordeaux raced 3-Zero forward solely to be pegged again within the second half. Poyet’s facet moved above Nice _ which misplaced to Dijon 3-2 – and as much as seventh place.
Striker Julio Tavares scored twice as Dijon rallied from 2-1 right down to win and climb as much as 12th spot, whereas Nice dropped to eighth.
Montpellier’s mixture of nicking the odd objective and counting on a safe protection labored once more in a 1-Zero win at last-place Metz, due to striker Giovanni Sio’s objective halfway by way of the primary half. Montpellier has conceded 20 objectives in 25 video games – solely PSG has allowed much less – and is fifth.
Also, mid-table sides Guingamp and Caen floor out a Zero-Zero draw.
Fourth-place Lyon can transfer one level behind Marseille by beating Rennes at residence. Also, Nantes takes on Lille and Strasbourg hosts struggling Troyes.