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Ligue 1: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain Deliver Against Toulouse

ARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 20: Neymar Jr of PSG during the French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Toulouse FC (TFC) at Parc des Princes on August 20, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
Ligue 1: Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain Deliver Against Toulouse

Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse Football Club were the next to give Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain a fight, and they got a couple of good goals from Max Gradel and an own goal from Thiago Silva in the 78th minute. However, Neymar Santos Jr. wanted none of that, scoring a brace (31′, 90′ + 2′) and adding an assist on a 84th minute screamer from Layvin Kurzawa for a 6-2 rout that saw Marco Verratti sent off in the 69th minute for a second yellow card. Neymar finished with two goals and two assists on the night.

It was a showcase for Paris’s golden boy as he mesmerized the fans with fancy footwork, pinpoint providing and the cherry on top, smart dribbling past four defenders in white, culminating in an expert finish past young TFC goalkeeper Alban Lafont, who at age 18 can’t feel too bad about standing tall for a fleeting moment against PSG’s big guns, whose other goalscorers include Adrien Rabiot (35′), Edinson Cavani (75′) and Javier Pastore (82′).

 

“A lot happened in tonight’s match,” said Emery. “But I think it was a very positive display, a very positive display of team spirit. We created a lot of chances, tactically we were good and our individuals performed out on the pitch. We don’t want to concede goals at home, but we will continue to learn, continue to improve. It was also a spectacular game for the supporters who saw a lot of great goals. It’s good for the league and it’s good for us.”

 

“The coach spoke to me before the game about what he wanted from me,” said Rabiot, who turned in a strong shift in support. “He wants me to score more, make the difference. My shot set up Neymar’s first goal and then I scored. It was a good start. After Marco was sent off, we kept looking to get forward, still trying to score. We stuck together and that’s what you have to do. We were solid at the back and took our chances in front of goal.”

 

“I am very happy with the Man of the Match trophy, for the second week in a row, but above all, I’m happy with the team performance,” said Neymar. “The fans are amazing, the atmosphere was fantastic and I am very happy with how I’ve been welcomed here. Tonight was a really great night.”

Next week, Paris host another unbeaten side in Oscar Garcia’s AS Saint-Etienne, who shut out Amiens SC 3-0 at home. With no Marco Verratti in the lineup, Pastore and Julian Draxler could be earning valuable minutes, with the Argentinean a possible starter. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 25 at 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET.

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Jo-Ryan Salazar is a writer for The Stoppage Time, a soccer blog powered by Azteca Soccer. A supporter of the Los Angeles Galaxy since 1996 and a committed supporter since 2002, Jo-Ryan also follows Chelsea FC, Melbourne Victory, FC Tokyo and Paris Saint-Germain. Apart from soccer, Jo-Ryan is an administrative assistant for a local nonprofit in Long Beach, California and also does photography, photo-editing and fictional writing.

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