Neymar leaves field in tears as PSG hammer Marseille
Paris Saint-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.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr is evacuated on a stretcher during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Marseille (OM) at the Parc des Princes in Paris on February 25, 2018.Getty Images
Speaking after the match Emery was positive on the status of his star player.
"If I had to pick my Real Madrid side now, I would say that Neymar could feature. The 1st look says it is a sprain. There will be further tests to be totally sure. We are optimistic." Emery said
Paris St Germain vs Olympique de Marseille - Parc des Princes, Paris, France - February 25, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar is put onto a stretcher by medical staff after sustaining an injuryReuters
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.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr (C) vies with Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson (L) and Marseille's Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Marseille (OM) at theGetty Images
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.
OM have not won in Ligue 1 at the Parc des Princes since Qatar Sports Investments took charge of the Paris club in 2011.
In Lyon, French international Debuchy struck one minute into stoppage time to cancel out Mariano Diaz's first-half opener.
The win left Lyon, who are now on a five-match winless streak, in fourth place with 50 points with St Etienne 12th on 34 points.
Lyon scored after 20 minutes when Diaz volleyed home from close range but they ran out of steam and St Etienne, without a shot on target in the first half, came back into the game.
Debuchy found the back of the net when he latched onto Remi Cabella's cross to secure a point for the visitors.