Neymar escapes red card, despite appearing in the face of ELBOW Axel Witsel during the PSG Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund
- Neymar was lucky enough to escape a red card in the 2-1 defeat of PSG by Dortmund
- The Brazilian looked like Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel in the face
- He somehow escaped with a yellow card before he started scoring
- Erling Haaland scored astonishing support to give the German giants a head start
Neymar was lucky enough to escape a red card for an elbow on Axel Witsel in the Saint League defeat of Paris Saint-Germain by Borussia Dortmund.
The Brazilian was closely watched by the Dortmund midfielder for large parts of the opening game of their final-16 draw and his frustration boiled over early in the second half.
It was 58 minutes when Witsel fell to the ground by the sidelines as he tried to shield the ball with Neymar behind him.
Axel Witsel grabs pain in his face after Neymar seemed to elbow him on Tuesday night
The PSG star fell on the Belgian midfielder and then seemed to elbow him in the face
Witsel quickly felt the pain before Neymar stood up to plead his innocence with the referee
But when Witsel fell to the ground, Neymar dropped on top of him and then slid an elbow into his opponent’s face.
Witsel writhed on the ground when Neymar stood up to plead his innocence before the Spanish referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz showed the Brazilian a yellow card.
Former Liverpool midfielder and Dortmund new boy Emre Can ran to the fourth official to suggest that Neymar had thrown an elbow, but his protests were in line with Neymar.
To make matters worse, the former Barcelona striker scored a potentially vital away goal for the Ligue 1 side, despite Dortmund claiming a 2-1 win thanks to a brace of sensation Erling Haaland.
Neymar scored an important goal for PSG after Erling Haaland opened the score for Dortmund
Haaland is lying on the ground, delighted after scoring a sensational second goal to seal the win
Haaland put in a rebound after 69 minutes to give Dortmund the lead before Neymar tied the score shortly after tapping the cross from Kylian Mbappé.
But Haaland shot back just two minutes later when American teenager Gio Reyna fed him the ball on a fast counter and the striker struck a powerful shot into the top corner from a distance.
PSG now needs a win on March 11 to prevent it from being eliminated in the last 16 seasons in a row.
For Dortmund, that is “a difficult game, but we are a good team and we just have to keep going,” Haaland said.