Nov 28 (UPI) – Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed a flawless performance in a PSG win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France.
PSG defender Marquinhos scored twice in the 3-1 win. The Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria also scored in the triumph in Ligue 1.
November 28 (UPI) – Lionel Messi provided three assists in total, but a gruesome ankle injury from Neymar Jr. overshadowed a flawless performance in a PSG win over St-Etienne on Sunday in Saint-Etienne, France.
PSG defender Marquinhos scored twice in a 3-1 win. The Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria also scored in the triumph in Ligue 1.
“We had a good performance and we’re going to win with three points,” said defender Sergio Ramos, who made his PSG debut, on the team’s website.
Neymar was on in the 84th minute stretched from the field. PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino said the Brazilian striker had twisted his ankle and would have it examined on Monday.
Right winger Denis Bouanga gave St-Etienne a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma blocked a first shot during the sequence.
The ball bounced back into the penalty area. Bouanga shot a right-footed follow-up shot into the net.
St-Etienne led with one goal for most of the half-time. Marquinhos equalized in stoppage time in the first half. Messi sent a free kick from around 35 yards to get the result.
The food curled up in the box. Marquinhos jumped between a crowd of defenders and shot a header into the post net.
Di Maria gave PSG a 2-1 lead in the 79th minute against another Messi helper. Messi sent a quick pass to the left to find the winger in the box.
Di Maria tapped the ball down and used his second touch to direct a shot into the long post netting.
PSG lost Neymar to his ankle injury less than five minutes later. Neymar received a pass in half from PSG at the start of this sequence. He tried to dribble away from St-Etienne’s Ryad Boudebouz.
The Saint-Etienne winger slid into play behind the Brazilian. Neymar’s left ankle caught under Boudebouz’s leg during the duel. Neymar fell to the ground, pouring with pain.
Marquinhos crowned the goal with another PSG goal in the 90th minute. Messi dribbled to the left end line and fired a cross to the right.
The pass drifted into the center of the penalty area. Marquinhos ended the game with a header into the left side of the net.
PSG will welcome Nice in another Ligue 1 game at 3pm. EST Wednesday in Paris. St-Etienne will face Brest at 1 p.m. in Ligue 1. Wednesday in Brest, France.