Neymar goal beats Brest as Slimani misses penalty
The Brazilian striker Neymar moved up to the fourth-best scorer in Paris St-Germain history as the French champions hung on to defeat Brest at home.
The 30-year-old claimed his 110th goal to move in front of ex-Portugal striker Pauleta on PSG’s list of scorers.
PSG was unable to extend their lead, and on the 70th minute, Brest was awarded a penalty. However, Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Islam Slimani’s weak penalty shot.
Victory sent unbeaten PSG back above Lens at the top of the Ligue 1 table.
Lens led Ligue 1 after winning 1-0 at home to Troyes on Friday, but Marseille will go level on points with PSG if they beat visitors Lille later on Saturday.
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Lionel Messi chipped the ball forward for Neymar to score his eighth goal from seven Ligue 1 game this season.
The Brazil forward took a touch with his right foot before firing in with his left.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is next on PSG’s all-time scorers list with 156, while Neymar’s team-mate Kylian Mbappe is second with 180.
Neymar was tackled by Christophe Herelle, who was given a red card, but the decision was reversed when a review revealed that the PSG forward was offside prior to the contact.
Both Messi and Mbappe missed opportunities either side of halftime, and it appeared as though they would be made to pay when Presnel Kimpembe made the mistake that led to the penalty.
However, when a cross deflected off the shoulder of the Brest forward and toward goal, Donnarumma again produced a diving save to save Slimani.