Neymar scores four, reopens Cavani feud


Paris Saint-Germain remain 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 after annihilating Dijon 8-0 at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

Neymar starred with four goals and two assists as the French capital outfit racked up their heaviest ever home win across all competitions.

The Brazilian superstar was joined by Angel Di Maria (two), Edinson Cavani (an all-time joint-record 156th goal) and Kylian Mbappe on the score sheet.

There are loads of postives to take away from the game.

First of all, Neymar’s performance obviously deserves special recognition. Four goals, some very special, and two assists, what more can you ask for? Les Parisiens No. 10 looks primed for a very important couple of weeks ahead.

Secondly, the insatiable appetite for goals shown against a traumatised Dijon side when they could have just called it quits 4-0 up at half-time was impressive. If Unai Emery’s men can save some of that hunger for Real Madrid in the Champions League, then they will be very difficult to stop.

Third and finally, Di Maria’s early 2018 form continues to make him something of a new signing for PSG. Two goals and an assist from a 60-minute outing was very good going.

That said, It would be foolish to take minor imperfections from an 8-0 home win — such as Thomas Meunier’s poor performance and Julian Draxler’s mute showing — and turn them into major criticisms but Neymar’s cold attitude towards teammate Cavani with the late penalty warrants comment.

Rightly or wrongly, the Brazilian appears to have usurped the Uruguay international as PSG’s main penalty taker and that seems to have been accepted too — possibly something to do with Cavani’s late return to Paris after the winter break.

However, 7-0 up at home, with a hat trick and two assists to his name already and knowing that Cavani was one goal away from being crowned the club’s all-time top scorer, letting El Matador score from the spot would have earned him almost as many — if not more — plaudits than he was going to receive anyway after his sensational showing.

Neymar took the penalty instead, and although he scored, he has kept alive a controversy that had seemingly died off a long time ago, missed an opportunity to emphasise the togetherness of this PSG squad and end the Cavani rift stories for good

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