Ligue 1: Bloodied Neymar scores two as PSG beat Nice 3-0
Neymar scored a brace playing with a makeshift plaster device with blood dripping from his mouth to guide Paris Saint-Germain to its record eighth league match win with the 3-0 victory over OGC Nice in Ligue 1 on Saturday.
The Brazilian forward had already put the victors ahead with a curled effort in the 22nd minute, while Christopher Nkunku added a second in the 46th minute as PSG walked off with a 2-0 lead at the break.
It was a lop-sided contest with Patrick Vieira’s Nice finding no match against the star-studded French champions, who had Kylian Mbappe returning after serving a three-game ban.
The 19-year-old World Cup-winning forward had enough chances to mark a memorable comeback, but while he wasted one in the first half by taking too many touches, he shot another from a tight angle at a time when two of teammates were standing unmarked inside the opposition goal.
It was also from a Mbappe blocked shot from which Nkunku scored in the first half.
For Nice, their only defining moment came when battling for the ball Wylan Cyprien flung his arm at Neymar at the half-hour mark. He was eventually sent off for a second yellow, while the Brazilian had to use a sponge to wipe out the blood dripping from his mouth.
Neymar returned to score his second and PSG’s third in the second minute of injury time to round off the victory.
With seven goals, the Brazilian forward is one ahead of Marseille winger Florian Thauvin in the top of the scoring charts in Ligue 1.
PSG on Saturday also became the second side after Lille in 1936 to win eight straight league games. They play Lyon at home next weekend and a victory there will be a new record in the league.
The French champions have so far scored 27 goals in eight games and comfortably sit at the top with 24 points, nine more than the second-placed Saint Etienne.
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