As Paris Saint-Germain fell to a 1-0 loss to Lyon in Ligue 1, Neymar sustained what seemed to be a serious ankle injury.
PSG, which started on the bench with Kylian Mbappe, is firmly in a title tussle this term, and the side of Thomas Tuchel endured their fourth league campaign defeat at a wet Parc des Princes and a first home loss to Lyon in Ligue 1 since 2007.
The only target was Tino Kadewere, bringing Lyon ahead after Karl Toko Ekambi pounced on Presnel Kimpembe’s mistake.
In the final minute of stoppage time, Neymar went off in visible pain on a stretcher after injuring his left ankle due to a challenge from Thiago Mendes, who was sent off after a VAR analysis. A lackluster performance was aggravated.
A confident Lyon began on the front foot, but when Alessandro Florenzi volleyed wide from a tight angle, PSG went closest in the opening stages.
3 – Lyon have 3 different players at 5+ goals in Ligue 1 this season (Toko Ekambi, Depay, Kadewere), more than any side in the Top 5 European leagues in 2020/21. Trio. pic.twitter.com/0WCbRzEMsA
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) December 13, 2020
Soon after, Abdou Diallo sparred the blushes of Danilo Pereira-the PSG defender clearing a risky right-wing cross after his team-error. mate’s
Yet in the 35th minute, Lyon’s pressure told as Kimpembe passed the ball directly to Ekambi, who threaded it through for Kadawere to slot home.
Just before the break, Florenzi launched another first-time attack, but Anthony Lopes made a superb stop.
Tuchel turned to Mbappe shortly after the hour, but if not for Keylor Navas’ fine save, Lucas Paqueta would have put Lyon two ahead.
Until Bruno Guimaraes and Mbappe both had opportunities to score, a disappointed Neymar was perhaps lucky to escape with a booking for a petulant shove on Marcelo.
In the closing stages, Things went from bad to worse for PSG, but with Mendes’ uncomfortable challenge on Neymar resulting in the star of Brazil, who was reduced to tears, needing to be carried off.
As Tuchel’s side fell to seventh, the fear was that a long spell of action could be met by the former Barcelona frontman.