Neymar was forced to watch Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 clash against Nice this evening from the stands after receiving a one-match ban for the red card he picked up against Marseille last weekend.
The Brazilian forward, who became the most expensive footballer of all time when he joined PSG from Barcelona in a deal worth £198 million in August, was sent off in the 87th minute after referee Ruddy Buquet showed him two yellow cards in quick succession.
Neymar was filmed this evening watching the action unfold from the stands of the Parc des Princes alongside teammate Hatem Ben Arfa.
Edinson Cavani, who Neymar hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with this season, led the line flanked by Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria.
And it took the Uruguayan just three minutes to make an impact, heading in a Di Maria cross at the near post.
Cavani shines in Neymar's absence
Cavani then doubled both his and PSG’s tally midway through the first half, scoring past Walter Benitez following another excellent pass from the impressive Di Maria.
You can watch both of Cavani’s first-half goals here…
Video: Cavani’s first goal
Video: Cavani’s second goal
Football fans react... by mocking Neymar
Those goals have taken Cavani’s tally to 11 goals in 11 Ligue 1 appearances this season - and football fans reacted to the 30-year-old’s match-winning performance by having a dig at Neymar on Twitter.
Check out these tweets…
PSG won the match 3-0
PSG then scored a third goal in the 52nd minute courtesy of a Dante own goal. Cavani was once again involved in the build-up.
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