PSG too good for Marseille as Neymar carried off
27 February, 2018, 12:00 am
PARIS – Paris St Germain continued their stroll towards the French title with a 3-0 home win against bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille on Sunday but forward Neymar left the field on a stretcher late in the game as they extended their Ligue 1 lead to 14 points.
Kylian Mbappe, a Rolando own goal and Edinson Cavani put the capital side on 71 points from 27 games after a clinical performance at the Parc des Princes in an ill-tempered game in which the hosts got six yellow cards and the visitors five.
PSG finished with 10 men after Neymar was carried off with a suspected ankle injury eight minutes from time after coach Unai Emery had already made his three replacements.
Marseille are third on 55 points, two behind second-placed Monaco who were held to a 3-3 draw at Toulouse on Saturday.
Olympique Lyonnais were denied their first Ligue 1 win in over a month when St Etienne’s Mathieu Debuchy scored a last-gasp goal to secure a 1-1 away draw in France’s hottest derby.
In Paris, Mbappe scored his first league goal since last month when he dribbled past Rolando and found the back of the net with a low cross-shot in the 10th minute.
Rolando had more trouble in the 28th as he deflected Neymar’s attempt into his own goal.
Marseille failed to threaten and PSG’s Ligue 1 top scorer Cavani added a third for his 24th goal of the season with a shot on the turn from Neymar’s cross 11 minutes into the second half.
It was the 13th time Neymar had set up a goal in Ligue 1 this season, beating his previous best of 12 assists in a league season with Barcelona in 2015-16.