Neymar and four others expelled in a 'dirty' French classic that Thauvin decided

In addition, Kurzawa, Paredes, Jordan Amavi and Benedetto saw a red card from the Brazilian. There was everything but football. Marseille won nine years later.


The Olympique de Marseille beat PSG by the minimum in an absolutely crazy game that was dirty at the end by a tangana that ended with several expelled, including Neymar. The Parisian team lost for the second time in a row in Ligue 1 and against a rival who made their life impossible for 90 minutes. Both Tuchel and Villas-Boas left several news before the game. The PSG coach lined up Neymar and Di María despite the fact that both had only had training for having tested positive for coronavirus. For his part, the Portuguese was brave and placed Maxime Lopez on a false 9, an unprecedented position for the midfielder and which resulted in the substitution of Benedetto. Gueye, OM's brand new signing in the market, made his first appearance as a starter in the middle. Frantic, intense, exciting and spectacular. This is how the first half between PSG and Olympique de Marseille can be summed up. It was the most intense classic in recent years and the Parisians suffered from a lack of rhythm.

However, Mandanda made a miraculous save in the first minute to a shot from Di María and PSG claimed a penalty for a possible Gueye hand on the next play. There was even controversy to give even more salt to what was a real match between two totally opposite styles. Villas-Boas came out in 2019 with a lesson learned from Paris. The Portuguese received a painful defeat a year ago with OM (4-0) and erred in his initial approach, as he came out to press very high and ended up paying the consequences. Today, the story was very different and Marseille retreated in a spectacular way, blocking the interior corridors and forcing PSG to always enter the wing. With no Icardi, there were hardly any European runner-up chances in the first 45 minutes. The good work of OM had its reward. Dimitri Payet brought out his glove on his right leg and assisted Thauvin on a set piece.

The winger, used to receiving criticism for not performing in important games, lifted off a very heavy weight and beat a Sergio Rico who gave the feeling of having come out to block the center. After the goal, very little was played in Paris and the disputes between the two teams intensified. In fact, Álvaro González asked the VAR to review a spitting caused by Di María to the former Villarreal player who did not receive punishment. The second half was even more exciting than the first. Neymar, who had been missing in the first 45 minutes, began to draw diagonals on the left wing that generated two clear occasions with Mandanda as the protagonist.

The French international repelled a shot from Verratti in the area and, minutes later, kicked off a cross shot from Neymar that had previously touched Álvaro González. But the decisive minutes of the match came from minute 60. The referee annulled a goal to Di María that the VAR ratified. The technology, so criticized in Spain and also in France, made a mistake minutes later, because in the disallowed goal to Benedetto, Thauvin was not offside and the video refereeing took only 30 seconds to endorse the referee's decision. As in all the classics, the controversy was present in several plays. Marseille gave up attacking after Benedetto's disallowed goal and ended the match locked in their own half. Villas-Boas brought in Strootman for the Dutchman to give more solidity to the team in the middle. Neymar had the tie in his boots, but was late to a pass from Di María's death. And in the discount, Neymar, Benedetto Amavi, Kurzawa and Paredes ended up expelled for forcing an unnecessary fight in a match that was being precious. Ultimately, OM took a victory of those that represent a turning point throughout a season.

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