PARIS: Neymar’s French nightmare continued as the Brazilian superstar was sent off in champions Paris Saint-Germain’s 4-3 victory.
Neymar, 28, was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Bordeaux’s Yacine Adli in stoppage time at the Parc des Princes.
He appeared to sarcastically applaud referee Willy Delajod and the match officials as he left the pitch. He will now miss PSG’s next Ligue 1 fixture at home to Dijon on Saturday.
Coach Thomas Tuchel said: “He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human.”
PSG secured the points after a chaotic win thanks to two goals from Marquinhos and one apiece for Edinson Cavani – his 200th in all competitions for the club – and Kylian Mbappe. They thus increased their lead to 13 points over second-placed Marseille at the top of Ligue 1.
Tuchel acknowledged the win helped boost morale as they produced a positive reaction to a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
He said: “The victory is the most important thing now because there are things to improve, it is clear. The players lack a little confidence after a defeat. It’s like that. We can see that a lot of teams in Europe after a defeat it’s always a little difficult to regain spirit and confidence.”