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Week 6 Review: Neymar does it again!

Publish on 23/09/2019 at 12:30


For the second weekend running, Paris Saint-Germain were indebted to Neymar as the Brazilian scored a late winner; second-placed Angers are the top scorers in the division and Les Aiglons of Nice are flying high.

Leaders PSG were 1-0 winners at Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday evening thanks to a wonderful 87th-minute Neymar winner as the world's most expensive player wriggled away from Kenny Tete before dispatching a precise shot into the bottom corner. Neymar had also got PSG out of trouble with an even more last-gasp winner at home to Strasbourg in Week 5.

Now with 36 goals in 39 career Ligue 1 Conforama games, the world's most expensive player didn't speak to the press after his latest heroics but his coach and team-mates were full of praise for the forward, who secured the points for his side in a game fellow attackers Kylian Mbappé, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi missed through injury.

Tuchel: "Ney is always decisive"

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said: "Neymar can do better! That was only the second or third game in four months for him and he's not at 100%. He hasn't reached his limits. He can do better and will do better. Matches and decisive goals like the ones he's scored will help him. Ney is always decisive and his job is to score goals and do decisive things."

On 15 points from six games, PSG are three points clear of Angers and Nice. Angers are the sharpest shooters in the division with 13 goals including four on Sunday afternoon as they came from behind to record a first home win over troubled Saint-Etienne since October 1976. Chad international forward Casimir Ninga stepped off the bench to help himself to a hat-trick.

Ninga hat-trick 

Nice are full of confidence heading into Tuesday evening's Côte d'Azur derby at Monaco following a 2-1 win at home ro Dijon, the bottom club, who had taken the lead through Julio Tavares. Danish international forward Kasper Dolberg netted the equaliser with his first goal for Nice since joining from Ajax and Youcef Atal scored a fine winner for Patrick Vieira's side.

A point apiece for Rennes, LOSC, OM and MHSC

Rennes recovered from falling a goal down at home to LOSC as Jonathan Ikoné's opener was cancelled out by a terrific header from home substitute Adrien Hunou. The 1-1 draw left both clubs lodged in the top six. At Orange Vélodrome on Saturday afternoon there were more red cards than goals as Olympique de Marseille drew 1-1 with Montpellier. A Bouna Sarr own goal had the visitors in front but Valère Germain responded for OM. André Villas-Boas' side finished with nine men as Boubacar Kamara and Dimitri Payet were sent off, while Jordan Ferri was given his marching orders for Montpellier.

In action in the first game of the weekend, Nantes missed out on going provisionally top of the table as they allowed a lead given to them by Kalifa Coulibaly to slip at La Meinau as Strasbourg won 2-1. Ludovic Ajorque's late penalty gave the club from Alsace a much-needed first win of the season. Monaco are still without a win and under pressure, although at least they kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 at Reims, looking more solid for Leonardo Jardim's switch to a three centre-halves system.

Evergreen Briand

Jimmy Briand moved onto 95 career Ligue 1 Conforama goals with the opener for Bordeaux in an exciting 2-2 home draw with Brest. Serhou Guirassy starred for Amiens as they collected an important 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Metz and Romain Philippoteaux scored a delightful winner as Nîmes beat Toulouse 1-0 at Stade des Costières.