Five red cards as Marseille beat PSG in bad-tempered game

Five red cards as Marseille beat PSG in bad-tempered game

"I went back to training, super happy #CORONAOUT", Neymar posted on Twitter on Friday, accompanied by a "zany face" emoji.

Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a shock 0-1 defeat against newly-promoted Lens.

PSG play Marseille, one of their arch-rivals, on Sunday followed by Metz at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Yet there was to be significant drama in stoppage time, as Benedetto provoked Parades, with both players receiving their second yellow cards.

Neymar, who earlier missed a golden chance, was among them, with the forward receiving his marching orders for hitting Alvaro, who he seemingly accused of racism when speaking to the fourth official as he left the field.

A tussle between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Paredes quickly escalated into an all-out brawl between PSG and Marseille players, with Neymar in the thick of things.

As a result PSG played out the final minutes with eight men and Marseille nine, the latter holding on to take a 1-0 victory having gone ahead in the first half thanks to Florian Thauvin's goal.

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Di Maria was one of seven PSG players - along with Neymar - to test positive for coronavirus before the season started, although he had since provided a negative test.

Apart from Mbappe all of them contracted the virus after holidaying in Ibiza after losing the Champions League final to Bayern Munich in Lisbon last month.

Right back Alessandro Florenzi made his PSG debut after signing on a season's loan from Roma this week and nearly set up a goal after two minutes, only for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda to palm away midfielder Marco Verratti's shot.

Mandanda denied Neymar on the hour mark and two minutes later Di Maria had a goal ruled out for offside.

PSG said several other unnamed players in their squad had also tested positive for Covid-19.

An error from third-choice goalkeeper Marcin Bulka gifted what proved to be the winning goal to Ignatius Ganago in PSG's loss to Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

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