(EFE) – Paris Saint-Germain finished first in their Champions League group, propelled by a Neymar in a state of grace, author of a triplet against Basaksehir of Istanbul (5-1), in a game played in two days by an interruption caused by an unprecedented racist insult.
The performance of the Brazilian, seconded by Kylian Mbappé who ended a series of 9 games without scoring, emerged from a duel that ended this Wednesday, but which had begun on Tuesday and which will go down in the notebooks as the racist insult of the fourth referee .
The word “black” pronounced by the Romanian assistant of the contest in the 13th minute of the match in the direction of Pierre Webo provoked the indignation of the Cameroonian, a member of the Turkish team’s coaching staff, and dragged other players from both teams who after the outrage initial they headed to the changing rooms.
The anger did not subside and UEFA decided to postpone the match one day and change the referee team.
In this context, the duel was restarted, where it had left off, with the players and referees around the central circle, knees on the ground, fists raised against racism, in a game with a vocation for the point and end of an era that trivializes certain behaviors.
The episode did not disappear completely, not even with the monumental performance of Neymar, determined to lead his team to a victory that would place them at the top of their group and put an end to the doubts that PSG had sown in the competition, in which they have swam off the cliff.
There is no trace left of that trembling Paris that was narrowly saved, but that arrived with everything in its favor to the last duel, with only to beat an Istanbul that no longer aspired to anything and that has already accumulated six games without knowing victory .
PSG prevailed under the baton of a Neymar, who invented the first goal in the 21st minute, after a great shot to Ponck and a no less beautiful volley to Günok’s squad.
In minute 38, a chain of errors by Istanbul allowed Neymar to score the second and five minutes later, after a penalty signaled by the VAR after canceling a Bakker goal for offside, it would have been the third if not for the Brazilian He gave it to Mbappé.
He did it so that the young French promise, who just signed his hundredth goal with the Parisian shirt, ended a bad streak in the Champions League It was his twentieth goal in the maximum European competition, which makes him 21 years and 11 months in the youngest to achieve that figure, unseating the Argentine Lionel Messi from Barcelona for 9 months.
After the break, Neymar completed his triplet with a series of dribbles and a wall with the newcomer Ángel Di María.
Topal reduced distances in a corner kick and after several rebounds, but the luck of the duel was cast and Mbappé achieved the fifth in an internship of Neymar and Di María, which served for the French to permanently bury his bad streak.
Neither that news, nor his condition as the youngest player to score 20 goals in Europe, nor Neymar’s third treble in the competition, nor the classification as first in the group of PSG, nothing made us forget the true story of a match that was won featured prominently in history books.