Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Neymar nearly scored Puskas Award contender for PSG v Strasbourg

Neymar nearly scored Puskas Award contender for PSG v Strasbourg

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar received no sympathy from his rival players after he left the field in tears with a broken foot during his side's 2-0 French Cup victory over Strasbourg on Wednesday night.

The Brazil worldwide left the pitch in tears, and a PSG statement said he had suffered a recurrence of the metatarsal injury that threatened his World Cup hopes past year.

"The referee didn't whistle on one occasion, then two, then three and after that he ended up twisting his foot", Tuchel said. "After that, he has twisted his foot".

It is also thought that midfielder Marco Verratti could return for PSG ahead of the Champions League tie, meaning Tuchel could have a full-strength squad to pick from.

Tuchel also criticised the match official for not protecting the Brazilian when Strasbourg's players repeatedly fouled him.

"If Neymar asks to come off, it is always something complicated". Tests in the coming days will reveal how serious it is.

The 26-year-old recently hit back at Brazilian legend Pele for his criticism of him during the World Cup with the former World Cup victor scrutinising his diving but the player shrugged off the negativity surrounding his play and denied playacting last summer.

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Neymar limped heavily as he walked to the dressing room, consoled by a PSG staff member, and looked upset as he wiped his face with his right arm.

"I've seen plenty of PSG players other than Neymar who are very good at 5-0 up, but when it's 0-0 they don't show off like that".

"It's Neymar's style, but don't come and complain when you get kicked", said Strasbourg's Anthony Goncalves after the game.

With ten minutes remaining of the match, Angel Di Maria doubled PSG's advantage to put the Ligue 1 giants out of sight.

PSG travel to play Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match on February 12 and is already sweating on the fitness of key midfielder Marco Verratti after he sprained his ankle last weekend.

It's hard to think of another player on the planet who would have attempted to score such an audacious goal.

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