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Neymar scores ahead of three-match ban

Neymar scores ahead of three-match ban

Neymar helped Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain reach 88 points by scoring and assisting in a 2-1 away win against Angers at Stade Raymond Kopa on Saturday (May 11).

After his diving header opened the scoring in the first half, Neymar played in Angel Di Maria to double the lead just before the hour mark.

Those contributions meant Les Parisiens won for the 28th time in the French top flight this season, despite losing centre-back Marquinhos to a red card late on.

The skipper for the day was dismissed for bringing down Wilfried Kanga in the box. Flavien Tait saw the resulting penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon but soon found the net to ensure a nervy ending for Neymar and Co.

Neymar was this week given a three-game ban - which starts Monday - for lashing out at a fan following a loss to Rennes on penalties in the French Cup final. The French soccer federation's disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.

PSG and Neymar have announced they will appeal the ban, which rules him out of his team's last two games this season. The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3 if PSG's appeal is unsuccessful.

Already crowned champion, PSG had managed just one win in its last seven games in all competitions ahead of Saturday's trip to western France, and had failed to win its last three matches.

Under a bright sun, Thomas Tuchel's team did not impress but the result came as a relief.