Is Brazil a better team without Neymar?

By July 08, 2019
Leighton Levy

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    Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was exempt from blame for his sending off in a 4-3 win over Bordeaux on Sunday after head coach Thomas Tuchel refused to criticise a reckless tackle.

    Brazil international Neymar was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Bordeaux's Yacine Adli in added time of the Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes.

    The 28-year-old had an angry exchange with referee Willy Delajod and then appeared to sarcastically applaud the officials as he left the pitch.

    However, Tuchel believed Neymar's reaction was a natural one given he felt the PSG player had been fouled beforehand by Bordeaux's Youssouf Sabaly.

    Neymar is now set to miss PSG's next Ligue 1 fixture at home to Dijon on Saturday.

    "We have to talk about the whole situation," Tuchel said of Neymar's challenge in his post-match media conference.

    "He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human. And the Bordeaux player does not even get a yellow card."

    PSG secured the points after a chaotic win thanks to two goals from Marquinhos and one apiece for Edinson Cavani – his 200th in all competitions for the club – and Kylian Mbappe.

    It helped PSG increase their lead to 13 points over second-placed Marseille at the top of Ligue 1.

    And Tuchel acknowledged the win helped boost morale as they produced a positive reaction to a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

    "The victory is the most important thing now because there are things to improve, it is clear," added the German coach.

    "The players lack a little confidence after a defeat. It's like that. We can see that a lot of teams in Europe after a defeat it's always a little difficult to regain spirit and confidence."

    Brazilian defender Marquinhos feels PSG must work hard to improve their defensive performances after leaking seven goals in their past two Ligue 1 games.

    "On the one hand we are really very strong offensively, but on the other we concede a lot of goals," he told Canal+.

    "As defenders we really have to think about what we can do best. In this match it was mainly on set-pieces. We really have to work better collectively."

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    There was no shortage of drama in Group E on Saturday at the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, with Jamaica rallying from three goals down to tie Guatemala 4-4 at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal.

    Guatemala looked to be in control and held a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Sandra Ovando (12’), Andrea Alvarez (26’) and Maria Recinos (34’).

    But the Reggae Girls would mount a ferocious comeback and would take a 4-3 lead on a goal from Jody Brown (50’) and a hat trick scored by Marlee Fray (53’, 68’, 76’).

    Guatemala would have an answer though, as Alvarez scored her second of the day (78’), leading to a share of the spoils between the two sides.

    The group’s other game saw Canada muscle past a tough El Salvador squad, 2-0.

    The two teams were locked in a stalemate until Tanya Boychuk (56’) found the breakthrough. Canada then polished off the three points and the 2-0 scoreline with a goal from Kaila Novak (71’).

    Action in Group E resumes on Monday with El Salvador tangling with Jamaica, while Canada will face Guatemala.

  • Paris Saint-Germain 4-3 Bordeaux: Neymar sees red as Cavani hits milestone goal Paris Saint-Germain 4-3 Bordeaux: Neymar sees red as Cavani hits milestone goal

    Neymar saw red as Paris Saint-Germain moved 13 points clear at top of Ligue 1 after Edinson Cavani's 200th goal for the club helped them to a 4-3 win over Bordeaux on Sunday.

    Hwang Ui-jo gave Bordeaux a surprise lead before Cavani equalised for PSG with his landmark strike at the Parc des Princes.

    The hosts went ahead when Marquinhos chested the ball home but Bordeaux levelled through Pablo following a mistake by PSG goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

    Marquinhos and Kylian Mbappe both finished clinically to put Thomas Tuchel's side in command, although Ruben Pardo reduced the deficit to set up a tense finish and Neymar was dismissed for a second booking late on.

     

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