Neymar held back from Matteo Guendouzi after pathetic dive creates carnage

Neymar had to be held back as carnage unfolded during PSG's fiery derby with Marseille tonight.

Tempers flared during El Classique as two of France's biggest teams clashed in a dramatic first game of football. Things really kicked off when Neymar was booked following a challenge on former Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in the second half after PSG started the second half with a 2-1 lead.

Despite the referee being adamant about the challenge being a bookable offence, the 30-year-old protested that he didn't even touch the French international. The situation quickly escalated as he screamed at the match officials in protest against the foul being given to Marseille.

The Brazil international was then held back as more players from all over the pitch got involved in the disarray, with former West Ham favourite Dmitri Payet stepping in to separate Neymar from the highly charged situation. PSG players were quick to swarm the referee, with Kylian Mbappe trying to explain that Guendouzi dived.

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At the time of the challenge, PSG were leading Marseille 2-1 after Neymar opened the scoring when he prodded home a weighted pass from Marco Veratti after 12 minutes. Marseille equalised through a Donnarumma mistake that gifted the ball to Duje Ćaleta-Car from a corner in the 31st minute.

The French giants didn't stay on level terms as Mbappe buried a penalty deep into added time in the first half after a lengthy pause to play whilst the referee had a look at the pitchside monitor to determine whether the ball was handled inside the area. Eventually, he gave the league leaders the spot-kick, giving PSG the lead heading into the break.

The second half proved quiet in comparison to the first, with the chaotic scenes around the 55th minute of the match. The win sees PSG extend their lead over second-place Marseille to 25 points as Mauricio Pochettino looks set to win his first league title with the club.

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