In France, the intrigue this year holds until the last round – and Lille approached it as the favorite. But PSG is unaccustomed to catching up – for the championship the Parisians need to beat Brest and hope for a misfire of Lille.
All this makes Neymar and company a little nervous. Already in the 18th minute Angel Di Maria was brought down in the penalty area, and the penalty went to Neymar. And now look at how the keeper Gauthier Larsonner destroyed all the confidence of the Brazilian – yes, yes, Ney blurred the important shot.
In case you didn’t get it, the Brest keeper stood closer to the right corner and pointed to his left. Neymar shot there, but poorly, hesitantly and very inaccurately. Larsonner outplayed everyone.
For the French goalkeeper it is his fourth penalty kick in Ligue 1 in two seasons: last year he was denied by Jonathan Bamba of Lille and Serou Girassi, then playing for Angers, this year by Neymar and Wissam Ben-Yedder of Monaco. A respectable bunch.
“PSG” did score – Angel Di Maria put in a direct kick from a corner (credited to a Brest player who touched the ball). But it did not help in the fight for the championship, because in the parallel match Lille led 2-0 after the first half – where Burak Yılmaz converted a penalty.