Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Top Five, Round 20: Neymar stars in match of the weekend

The Brazilian was involved in all three PSG goals as the champions drew 3-3 with Monaco.

12:00pm on Monday 13th January 2020
Martin Macdonald
Neymar Jr.
AM (CL) - PSG - 27 yrs
Jan 12, 2020

Neymar was the best player on the pitch on Sunday evening as PSG and Monaco played out an entertaining 3-3 draw. From the get-go, you could tell the Brazilian was up for it and he took just a few minutes to score the opening goal with a slammed finish into the near corner inside the box. He was involved in PSG's second, too, as it would be his attempted pass to Kylian Mbappe which would deflect into the back of the net, while he was unlucky not to find the back of the net with a superb free-kick moments before. He did eventually score again, however, as he won the battle of wits against the goalkeeper from the penalty spot to slot into the left corner. He completed more dribbles than anyone in Ligue 1 this weekend, and sent more passes into the final third than anyone, too.

Maxwel Cornet
AM, W (R) - Lyon - 23 yrs
Jan 11, 2020

Maxwell Cornet scored an equaliser and then set up the winner within the space of four minutes for Lyon in their 2-1 win versus Bordeaux. After Lyon went behind after an awful defensive error, they toiled to try and get back into contention, which they did in fortuitous fashion after Cornet cut inside from the left wing before firing a deflected strike into the bottom corner. There was no fortune involved in his role for the second, though, as he opened up his stride with a run through the middle before picking out a perfect, slid pass into the feet of Moussa Dembele, who lashed home into the far corner. He was productive all game for Lyon in other areas, too, sending seven successful crosses into the box and sending 27 passes into the final third which was the second-most of anyone in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Gaëtan Charbonnier
S (C) - Brest - 31 yrs
Jan 11, 2020

Brest surprisingly put five past Toulouse this weekend, winning 5-2 away from home with Gaetan Charbonnier scoring two and assisting another. It took him a little while to get going in the game, though, as his goals would come in close proximity to each other towards the last 15 minutes. His first is in with a shout for goal of the weekend as he receives a lofted cross to the back post before picking out a composed yet powerful volley into the top corner. For his second, he emphatically finishes into the bottom corner. After being assisted by Irvin Cardona, he then returned the favour for the fifth and final goal.

Bafodé Diakité
D (C) - Toulouse - 19 yrs
Jan 11, 2020

It seems odd that a player who was in a defence that conceded five goals would make the top five but Bafode Diakite will be lamenting the performances of his team-mates in the loss against Brest as he actually played very well. In the first half, he scored two headers within the space of four minutes from set-pieces, but it wasn't just the two goals which provided the higher rating, as he was fairly solid defensively, too, winning 9/10 duels, 100% of his tackles, and 100% of his aerial duels. He really couldn't have done much more for Toulouse on the night.

Wissam Ben Yedder
S (C) - Monaco - 29 yrs
Jan 12, 2020

Even though Monaco have been toiling for most of the season, one bright spark so far for them has been the goalscoring form of Wissam Ben Yedder, who was again on the scoresheet this weekend against PSG. He was electric in the first portion of the game, as it would be his brave run through one-on-one with the goalkeeper that would see Gelson Martins score, with him getting clattered by Keylor Navas for his trouble. Then came his own goal, and it was a magnificent display of composure as he twice feigned to shoot before reversing a finish into the left corner.


Some love for the goalkeepers here as Alfred Gomis (8.6) of Dijon and Walter Benitez (8.5) of Nice just miss out on the top five after making 14 saves between them, with the former earning a clean sheet versus Lille.


Baptiste Reynet (4.8) only managed to make four saves for Toulouse in the loss against Brest, while he conceded from an additional five. Not the best ratio.

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