Neymar sent off as sloppy PSG beats Bordeaux 4-3; Rennes 3rd
Neymar made a crude and needless two-footed lunge on midfielder Yacine Adli during injury time and was shown a second yellow card.
Even though he sent Adli flying, Neymar did not accept the decision and it took strike partner Kylian Mbappé to usher the angry Brazil star away from the referee and off the field.
“It’s not a reassuring win. We know we can do much better,” Marquinhos said. “It was an intense week where there were many talking points.”
PSG has conceded nine goals in three games and taken heavy criticism off the field in the past few days.
PSG lost 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game on Tuesday. Two days later, the players were scolded by coach Thomas Tuchel after a video of them dancing and wildly celebrating at a players’ birthday party circulated on social media.
Yet strangely it was Tuchel — and not the players — who was whistled when the teams took to the field at Parc des Princes.
Tuchel dropped former Real Madrid standout goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was replaced by Sergio Rico. But center half Presnel Kimpembe kept his place, despite his brother aiming an expletive-laced insult at Tuchel on his social network account following the Dortmund loss.
Center half Thiago Silva, so poor against Dortmund and also in the 4-4 draw at Amiens the game before, limped off with what appeared a leg muscle injury. But in amateurish scenes, he then came back onto the field because substitute Idrissa Gueye was not ready. Gueye took three minutes to prepare and, when he came on, Bordeaux scored immediately as South Korea forward Hwang Ui-jo headed in from a corner in the 18th.
Seven minutes later, Ángel Di María whipped in a good cross from the left and Cavani headed powerfully home for his 200th goal in 298 games since joining from Napoli in 2013.
Di María was involved again, three minutes into first-half injury time, when his free kick went in off the shoulder of center back Marquinhos.
But one minute later, a comical defensive error from PSG sent the teams in level at 2-2.
Marco Verratti sent a routine back-pass to Rico, but his botched clearance hit the knee of Bordeaux’s Brazilian defender Pablo and went in. The nervous Rico then made another hash of a clearance early in the second half, and PSG was lucky to see Samuel Kalu fluff a clear chance.
“We’re strong up front but we’re conceding a lot of goals,” Marquinhos said in a familiar refrain from previous seasons. “We need to play better as a team.”
In a match full of bad defending, Bordeaux failed to deal with a corner and Marquinhos prodded home the loose ball after Cavani’s header was saved by goalkeeper Benoit Costil.
Bordeaux was in charitable mode, when it should instead have been exploiting PSG’s weaknesses. Bordeaux lost the ball near the penalty area instead of clearing it, and Cavani played in Mbappé to score in the 69th.
Cavani missed a good chance before midfielder Rubén Pardo drilled a fierce shot into the left corner from 20 meters in the 83rd.
PSG striker Mauro Icardi had a late goal chalked off following a video review, with Mbappé given offside when the cross came in.
Then Neymar saw red, and he faces a suspension when PSG needs him to get in top shape for the return leg against Dortmund on March 11.
M’Baye Niang scored his second goal of the game near the end to help Rennes beat Nimes 2-1 and reclaim third place.
The Senegal striker headed in a cross from Hamari Traoré in the 89th minute, finally ending the resistance of 10-man Nimes — which had midfielder Anthony Briançon sent off in the 53rd for a violent challenge on 17-year-old Eduardo Camavinga.
Briançon caught Camavinga with a forearm to the throat as he was running past and flattened him. Referee Stéphanie Frappart changed the card from yellow to red after watching a video replay of the challenge which could lead to a lengthy suspension for the Nimes captain.
Nimes took the lead in the first minute through veteran forward Nolan Roux. But Niang equalized six minutes later, bundling the ball home following a goalmouth scramble.
Rennes remains one point ahead of Lille, with third place securing a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds next season.
Nimes is 18th in the relegation-promotion playoff spot.
Saint-Étienne is struggling in 15th, and only two points above Nimes after drawing 1-1 at home to eighth-place Reims.
Forward Boulaye Dia grabbed a point for Reims with a last-minute penalty after striker Denis Bouanga put the home side ahead in the 73rd.