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European roundup: Neymar stretchered off in tears after nasty ankle injury and Griezmann scores Atlético hat-trick

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Paris Saint-Germain may have won Le Classique against Marseille on Sunday, but in the end, it may have lost its top player Neymar was carried off on a stretcher in Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 game against Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night. The world’s most expensive player rolled his ankle in the final quarter of the game and was in some discomfort as he was carried away by medical staff.

PSG were leading at the time and set to extend their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to 14 points. The head coach, Unai Emery, was hopeful on Neymar’s condition. He told the club’s official website after the 3-0 win: “The injury to Neymar was the only black mark. We hope it is nothing serious, we will wait for the scans.”

In Spain Antoine Griezmann scored his first hat-trick this season as Atlético Madrid hammered Sevilla 5-2 away in La Liga to keep the pressure on the leaders Barcelona, while fourth-placed Valencia beat Real Sociedad 2-1.

Diego Costa gave Atlético the lead against the run of play in the 29th minute, chasing down Ever Banega just outside the area, scoring for the eighth time against Sevilla in all competitions.


Griezmann then showed his class with a magnificent solo goal in the 42nd minute, waltzing past two players outside the area to drift into the middle before whipping the ball into the far corner. The France forward scored the third with a penalty after Costa was fouled before Sevilla were careless again when Gabriel Mercado’s pass to Rico was intercepted by Griezmann, who backheeled for Koke to tap home in the 65th minute.

Griezmann completed his treble nine minutes from time, although the Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia scored late on to end Atlético’s run of four games without conceding and Nolito struck another consolation goal for the hosts in the 89th minute.

Atlético are second, seven points behind Barça, and they go to the Camp Nou next Sunday, although both sides are in action during the week.

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Valencia withstood a late wave of Real Sociedad pressure to maintain their push for Champions League qualification by holding on to fourth spot in the standings. Santi Mina headed Valencia in front after 34 minutes and the striker restored their advantage from close range in the 68th after the Spain international Mikel Oyarzabal had levelled earlier in the second half.

The Valencia goalkeeper, Neto, made a jaw-dropping save with 10 minutes left from Sergio Canales, stopping the shot with his shoulder as it was about to cross the line. Valencia are fourth, eight above fifth-placed Villarreal, who beat visiting Getafe 1-0 with a goal after three minutes by Enes Unal.

In Serie A Milan sent a reminder to their rivals that they are still a force to be reckoned with after a vintage performance gave them a 2-0 win at Roma.

Goals from Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria left Milan seventh on 44 points, seven behind fourth-placed Internazionale, whom they meet next weekend.

Fifth-placed Roma suffered a setback in their attempt to finish in the top four after a tepid performance. After a dour first half the game sprang to life when Cutrone fired Milan ahead three minutes after the break when he applied the lightest touch to steer in a lovely through-ball by the former Liverpool forward Suso.

Roma’s keeper, Alisson, produced two fine saves to deny Nikola Kalinic and Franck Kessie but was powerless when Milan’s right-back Calabria scored his first goal for the club and one of the highest quality.

The livewire 21-year old beat Alisson with a superbly dinked finish after his one-two with Kalinic left Roma’s entire defence flat-footed and sealed Milan’s win. Roma were jeered off the pitch by their fans after failing to carve out a single clear-cut chance.

Juventus against Atalanta was called off after heavy snowfall made the pitch in Turin’s Allianz Stadium unplayable. The leaders, Napoli, can go four points clear of Juve if they win at lowly Cagliari on Monday.

Lazio’s midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored twice in a 3-0 win at Sassuolo. The 22-year-old Serbian international, who is reportedly being sized up by several European giants, fired his team ahead with a rasping shot from 25 metres and headed home the third after Ciro Immobile made it 2-0 with a penalty.

Immobile, the league’s top scorer, scored his 23rd league goal of the season with the spot-kick awarded for handball after match officials consulted the video assistant referee amid furious protests by the home side. Lazio moved up one place to third, one point in front of Inter.

Neymar cost PSG a huge £200million to sign from Barcelona in the summer but has repaid his price tag by plundering 28 goals from 30 appearances across all competitions.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say the 26-year-old has confided in Messi about whether or not he will face Real.

Their talisman has supposedly told Messi he is willing to play through the pain against Real.

Neymar is determined to show his class after being outshone by Ronaldo in the first leg.


Madrid ran out 3-1 winners and Neymar, for all his hard work, was unable to get on the scoresheet.

Don Balon say Neymar is hellbent on playing against Madrid as he wants to put them to the sword and keep his dreams of winning the Champions League for a second time alive.After the match, PSG coach Unai Emery said, “If I had to pick my Real Madrid side now, I would say that Neymar could feature. The first look says it is a sprain. There will be further tests to be totally sure. We are optimistic.”

According to Globo, Neymar went to the hospital and those who went with him told the publication that he has a lot of swelling in his ankle. Edinson Cavani also said that Neymar was still crying in the locker room.

We’ll keep you updated on the situation over the coming days.

 

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