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Neymar was in fine form against Lille on Friday night.

Mehmet Zeki Celik is booked for bizarre challenge on Neymar during PSG 2-1 Lille

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PSG made it 12 consecutive wins to start the new Ligue 1 season after scraping past Lille 2-1 on Friday night.

Thomas Tuchel's side struggled to break Lille down for large periods and the score was goalless going into the final 20 minutes.

But, they finally found a way through when Kylian Mbappe finished exquisitely from a Neymar through ball, before the Brazilian added his side's second six minutes from time.

Nicolas Pepe converted a penalty deep into stoppage time but PSG would hold on to claim another victory.

Tuchel praised his side following the result. "It was a magnificent performance," he said, per Goal. "There was a lot of structure, possession of the ball, we closed down space.

"We completely controlled counter attacks throughout and it was difficult, because I think Lille is one of the best teams in Europe in this aspect.

"I think it was our best game this season. It was necessary against this opponent and it will also be necessary on Tuesday night (in the Champions League)."

Neymar produced another fine performance as PSG became the first team to win all their opening 12 league games in one of Europe’s top five divisions.

The Brazilian forward has proven a nightmare for opposing players ever since he made the move to PSG in 2017.

Neymar celebrates with Kylian Mbappe against during PSG 2-1 Lille

He has scored 28 goals in 30 games in Ligue 1 since his arrival and he gave Mehmet Zeki Celik a torrid time on Friday.

The Turkish international clearly got tired in his bid to contain Neymar and resorted to desperate measures in order to stop him.

Neymar raced past his man 10 minutes into the second half. With Celik beaten, he knew he had to stop the 26-year-old breaking away, and so he reached for Neymar's hand and ripped his glove off.

Bizarre. That may be one of the strangest yellow cards in recent memory.

There has been a lot of speculation about Neymar's future at PSG, and former teammate Martin Montoya has claimed that the Brazilian wants to return to Barcelona.

"I think Neymar wants to go back because he was really comfortable and adapted the three years he was at the club," Montoya told Goal.

"He had a great connection with Luis Suarez and Messi, but I think it is very difficult for him to come back to Barca."

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