Former Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu believes Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain in order to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi. The Brazil star moved to PSG for a world-record €222million fee in August and has enjoyed a spectacular start to his time in Ligue 1, registering five goals and five assists in six appearances in all competitions. Neymar said he left Barca to seek a new challenge after four hugely successful years at Camp Nou, while his father and agent admitted he was eager to join a club where he would become the undisputed star.
The big issue coming in the wake of the Romelu Lukaku chant controversy is not simply that some sections of the Manchester United support deemed it funny or acceptable in the first place but that they are steadfast in their refusal to countenance that it could be described as racist. It’s one thing for a fan to make a monkey chant or unleash the N-word on a black player. The footage was described as “hilarious” on YouTube and all the usual banter content sites were asking permission to use it on their own Twitter feeds.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women's national team concluded a two-game series against New Zealand with a 5-0 victory at Nippert Stadium on Tuesday night. The Americans improved to 9-3-0 this year. There are four more games left on the team's 2017 schedule. The U.S. defeated the Ferns 3-1 in the first game last Friday night in Commerce City, Colorado. Julie Ertz led the way with two goals. Lindsey Horan got the Americans off to a nice start in the rematch, scoring on a header in the 36th minute after coming in for Rose Lavelle. Mallory Pugh made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Pugh also finished with two assists. Lavelle, who is from Cincinnati, played the shortened shift