Neymar was close to his brilliant best as his goal Paris St Germain beat bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille 1-0 on Sunday in the latest edition of Le Classique.
Neymar scored right on the stroke of halftime to put the Ligue 1 leaders in front when he steered Mbappe’s low cross out of Lopez’s reach. That was Neymar’s ninth goal of the season, putting him at the top of the scoring charts with Lille’s Jonathan David.
The assist from Mbappe was newsworthy as his relationship with Neymar has been questioned this season and the goal was Mbappe’s first assist to Neymar in over six months. The last time the Frenchman teed up his team-mate was in a 6-1 win over Clermont on 9 April.
It was always going to be difficult for Marseille in the second half and that task got even more difficult they had Sauel Gigot was given a straight red card for a rough tackle on Neymar.
The fact that the score ended up being just 1-0 was mainly due to Pau Lopez. The Marseille goalkeeper had a busy first half and was forced into saves from Mbappe, Neymar, Messi and Achraf Hakimi.
The stopper may not have been able to keep a clean sheet but it was certainly an impressive showing from the 27-year-old.
Still unbeaten this campaign, PSG posted its ninth win in 11 league games to move three points clear of Lorient at the top of the standings. Marseille slumped to a second straight loss and dropped to fourth place, six points behind PSG.