Ligue 1: Neymar turns boos into cheers with stoppage-time winner for PSG vs Racing Strasbourg

first_imgNeymar scored a spectacular last-gasp goal for Paris St Germain that was greeted with more cheers than boos in a 1-0 Ligue 1 win over Racing Strasbourg on Saturday on his first appearance of the season following a failed transfer to Barcelona.The Brazil forward found the back of the net with a bicycle kick two minutes into stoppage time, drawing mostly applause but a few boos from the Parc des Princes faithful as he appeared to have put the transfer saga behind him.PSG lead the standings with 12 points from five games ahead of their Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday, for which Neymar will be suspended.The result left Strasbourg in 18th place on three points.”It was sublime. It’s good for him and good for the team,” team mate Idrissa Gueye said.Neymar, who angered the PSG fans by saying his best memory as a footballer was PSG’s humiliating 6-1 defeat by Barca at the Camp Nou in the Champions League in 2017, was booed by part of the crowd in the first half as he put on a decent performance.He capped his return with a goal that did not mask PSG’s collective mediocrity.New keeper Keylor Navas made a couple of brilliant saves as the visitors threatened on a few occasions while Mauro Icardi was toothless after coming on as a second-half substitute.The Argentine striker, however, will be needed against Real on Wednesday in the absence of Neymar and the injured Kylian Mbappe.The French international was sorely missed, just like Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani who may come back for the Real clash.advertisementStrasbourg had the first clear chance when Navas stretched to tip away Ludovic Ajorque’s sudden strike in the 18th minute and PSG did not muster a single shot on target in the first half, struggling to unsettle a compact defence.The hosts stepped up a gear in the closing stages, with Neymar scoring his 21st goal in 20 Ligue 1 games at the Parc des Princes.He netted again two minutes later, only for the goal to be ruled out for an offside position.last_img read more

Texas Player Responds To Jalen Hurts’ Comments About Rivalry

first_imgJalen Hurts runs the ball against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners breaks free from the defense of Quentin Lake #37 and Osa Odighizuwa #92 of the UCLA Bruins during the first half of a game on at the Rose Bowl on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Saturday will be Jalen Hurts’ first and only Red River Showdown experience. Hurts is new to the rivalry, but said this week that his time at Alabama should help him be prepared for such a high-stakes contest.Texas defensive back BJ Foster disagrees. Foster told’s Anwar Richardson today that Hurts is about to experience something totally different this weekend.Foster said football is “more physical” at UT and added that the rivalry with Oklahoma is better than Alabama-Auburn.[Related Article: ESPN Releases Early Prediction For Oklahoma-Texas] Texas DB BJ Foster on Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts saying he played in the Iron Bowl and other big games at Alabama: “It’s very different. This is Texas. Texas is different. Football is more physical at Texas. The Red River Showdown is way better.”— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) October 8, 2019 Certainly, plenty of Crimson Tide and Tiger fans will disagree with this take. In fact, their disapproval of Foster’s quotes might be one of the few things ‘Bama and Auburn fans can agree on.Overall, Hurts shouldn’t be fazed by facing the Longhorns on Saturday. Like he said, he’s played in big games and hostile environments before.Every rivalry is unique though, so it will be interesting to hear what Hurts has to say after the game.Texas and Oklahoma will kick off at noon ET Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. FOX will broadcast the game.last_img read more