PSG start title defence with win, fans vent fury at Neymar

first_imgOn Sunday, coach Thomas Tuchel told Canal+ he had “no news” on Neymar’s future and that he would have to “find solutions without” him.Edinson Cavani’s controversial VAR penalty in the 24th minute set PSG on their way at the Parc des Princes, after supporters had made their negative feelings towards the absent Neymar clear.A fine second-half display from Kylian Mbappe — with a goal and an assist for Angel Di Maria — showed Tuchel the obvious solution to Neymar’s impending exit, and gave the capital club a perfect start to their bid for a third straight French title and ninth in total.“We are not going to lie. We will see what happens with Neymar — but it’s not the same team,” said Mbappe.PSG sit level with Lyon, who beat Monaco 3-0 on Friday, at the top of the fledgling table, and will be hoping to occupy that position for the rest of the season.Former Barcelona forward Neymar’s two years in the French capital since PSG made him the world’s most expensive player have been plagued by injuries and controversies.PSG fans unfurled a banner saying: “Neymar. Get out.” © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHome fans unfurled a banner before kick-off translating to “Neymar. Get out”.Other banners slammed his recent comment that his fondest memory in football was inspiring Barcelona’s stunning 2017 Champions League comeback against PSG, while one called Neymar “heartless”.Neymar has been linked with a return to Barca or a move to their arch rivals Real Madrid.Tuchel handed Ligue 1 debuts to centre-back Abdou Diallo, signed from Borussia Dortmund in the close-season, and midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who joined from Sevilla.The champions monopolised the ball from the off, with Mbappe shooting straight at visiting goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni after jinking through the massed Nimes defence.– VAR controversy –They were awarded a penalty by VAR midway through the first half, as a corner struck Nimes defender Pablo Martinez on the arm after Diallo ducked under the ball while standing right in front of him.Cavani slammed the spot-kick into the net, before Nimes coach Bernard Blaquart was booked for his protestations.A pedestrian affair, with Nimes happy to almost exclusively keep all 11 men behind the ball, had to wait until the 57th minute for a second goal when Mbappe slotted in to open his league account for the campaign.Di Maria came off the bench and drilled into the bottom corner after an excellent pass from Mbappe with 20 minutes remaining, and PSG played out the most comfortable of wins — finishing with 74 percent of possession as goalkeeper Alphonse Areola did not face a shot on target.Osimhen (L) scored both Lille goals on his debut © AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUENEarlier on Sunday, new signing Victor Osimhen marked his Ligue 1 debut with two goals as last year’s runners-up Lille kicked off their new campaign with a 2-1 victory over Nantes.Christophe Galtier’s hosts, who finished 16 points behind PSG last term, were indebted to Nigerian Osimhen, who scored a fabulous 80th-minute winner at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.“When I have opportunities, I don’t want to miss them,” said the 20-year-old. “I’m not yet 100 percent but I’m training hard and I know that with time I’ll be in top shape physically.”0Shares0000(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbappe starred as PSG cruised past Nimes © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 12 – Paris Saint-Germain brushed off the ongoing Neymar transfer saga by kicking off their Ligue 1 title defence with a straightforward 3-0 victory over Nimes on Sunday.The 27-year-old Neymar was left out of the squad the day after PSG sporting director Leonardo said talks about a possible sale of the Brazilian were “more advanced than before”.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin will call it a career after 14 NFL seasons, ESPN’s Jim Trotter first reported.In a statement, Boldin said he wanted to commit his time to humanitarian work and fight for human rights. He added that his “life’s purpose is bigger than football.” Statement from Anquan Boldin on his decision to retire: pic.twitter.com/z19jekK33R— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 21, 2017The news comes as a surprise and three days after Boldin caught a pass for the Buffalo Bills in the team’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Top Stories Buffalo Bills’ Anquan Boldin warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img 8 Comments   Share   Boldin, the 54th overall pick by the Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft, is second in Arizona’s record book with 586 receptions, behind Larry Fitzgerald’s 1,125. Additionally, Boldin is fourth in franchise history with 7,520 receiving yards and holds the second spot for most receiving yards in a single game with 217 yards against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 7, 2003 — his first NFL game.The 2003 Offensive Rookie of the Year — he still holds the NFL rookie record with 101 receptions that season — three-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion also won the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.He is ninth in NFL history in total receptions (1,076) and 14th in receiving yards (13,779).The 36-year-old spent the first seven years of his professional career suiting up for the Cardinals. He then joined the Baltimore Ravens from 2010-12 before playing for the San Francisco 49ers in 2013-15. Boldin played with the Lions last year. According to Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke, Boldin recorded 3,495 yards after the catch. That ranks third, behind Wes Welker and Fitzgerald. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more