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Neymar injury concern after Bordeaux end PSG's flawless run

AFP  |  Paris 

Paris Saint-Germain are again sweating on Neymar's fitness after the superstar attacker left the field at Bordeaux clutching his groin before Andreas Cornelius' late header ended the French champions perfect start to the season.

Brazilian was substituted 57 minutes into the hugely entertaining 2-2 draw the on Sunday, in which he had opened the scoring and had looked in great form before having to head to the dressing room with what looks to be an to the same adductor muscle that nearly stopped him from scoring the decisive goal in Wednesday's huge 2-1 win over

"I don't know at all (what his is). We have to be careful, he said it was not a problem to play tonight but the pitch was hard and I hope he will be in good shape after Strasbourg," said Thomas Tuchel, referring to his side's must-win final group game at Red Star Belgrade in nine days' time.

The leaders, who had won all 14 of their league matches going into Sunday's pulsating clash, had to wait until the last minute to see if and strike partner would be ready for the win over the Reds, who now face an uphill battle for qualification to the last 16 thanks to Neymar's first-half winner last week.

The pair twice put PSG in front on Sunday, but and Cornelius ensured that Bordeaux became the first French team to stop the runaway leaders this season.

However the result is unlikely to slow down PSG's march to the title, as they still stand 14 points ahead of nearest challengers Montpellier, who took advantage of drawing 2-2 at to sneak into second with a 2-1 win at Thierry Henry's struggling on Saturday.

PSG's arch rivals failed to make the most of their fellow chasers dropping points after a goalless draw at Reims on Sunday. Rudi Garcia's side stay fifth.

Meanwhile mid-table Toulouse drew 2-2 with with fellow relegation rivals and routed Rennes 4-1.

- Bordeaux fight back -

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Neymar's opener for PSG came after a spell of concerted Bordeaux pressure and at the end of a superb exchange with countryman Dani Alves, who on his first start of the season flashed in a powerful cross that was crashed home first-time by number 10.

His 11th league goal of the season took some time to be awarded however, as the VAR dithered over whether Mbappe was offside and interfering with the play as he flashed a leg at Neymar's shot.

That goal looked to have broken Bordeaux, and Angel Di Maria, who had fluffed a golden chance laid on for him by earlier in the half, then struck the post in first-half stoppage time as the home side rocked under pressure.

However the hosts fought back again after the break, and they got their first reward when Briand slotted home a fine cross from the lively Yann Karamoah.

Neymar was substituted shortly afterwards and Bordeaux smelled blood, but Mbappe turned the match in PSG's favour, latching on to Julian Draxler's through ball before crashing home what looked to be the winner and almost immediately asking to be substituted with an apparent muscle problem.

Tuchel didn't remove the 19-year-old however, and he was there to see Cornelius meet Maxime Poundje's cross with such force that PSG keeper couldn't stop his header from crossing the line and ending PSG's 100 percent start.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 09:30 IST
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