Napoli v PSG: Will French champions fail another stern test?

Neymar- cropped

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While waiting to take a free, Neymar was booked in the 90th minute after he motioned towards the referee, seemingly unhappy at how close the Napoli players were.

Post-match, he claimed that he was unhappy with how he was spoken to: "The referee told me something he shouldn't and it was disrespectful". "We should get the same in return".

The attacker was booked in injury time for dissent, as he waited to take a free-kick.

Neymar was also restrained at one point by team-mate Kylian Mbappe as he appeared to have an angry exchange with the experienced Kuipers.

Kuipers and Neymar have history.

However, after consultation with VAR he overturned his decision as the superstar had thrown himself to the ground unnecessarily.

At the 2018 World Cup, Kuipers awarded a penalty to Brazil in their 2-0 win over Costa Rica when Neymar was apparently fouled.

Neymar was not the only PSG star to be left fuming after the match, which leaves Group C wide open. Lorenzo Insigne stepped up and smashed his shot into the bottom left-hand corner past veteran keeper Gigi Buffon.

Considering Thomas Meunier's missed chance in the first half, the fact that top spot in the group was there for the taking and that they were the better side for more of the game than their hosts, PSG can feel frustrated at leaving Stadio San Paolo with only a point.

PSG's quest for victory against Napoli was hindered as contentious refereeing decisions went against them and Al-Khelaifi is pleased UEFA will introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in its flagship competition next season.

"We'll have to battle until the very end, we're holding on tight", said Ancelotti.

Lorenzo Insigne scored a second-half penalty to ensure that Napoli & PSG played out a feisty 1-1 draw on Tuesday evening.

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