The great Paris Saint-Germain penalty soap opera took another twist on Saturday after the Ligue 1 pacesetters were awarded their first spot-kick since the infamous bust-up between Edinson Cavani and Neymar earlier this month.
For anyone not keeping pace, the world’s most expensive player and the former Napoli striker were involved in an embarrassing on-field feud over penalty-taking responsibilities during a routine win over Lyon.
Their actions were condemned by manager Unai Emery but the pair’s efforts to downplay the suggestion of a major fallout were undermined by stories of Neymar demanding Cavani be sold and PSG offering the Uruguay international a bonus to give up taking penalties.
All eyes were therefore on the Parc des Princes on Saturday when Bordeaux’s Otavio was adjudged to have hand-balled as he jumped to chest the ball out of the box.
With the home side already 3-1 to the good Cavani could, perhaps, afford to be in a charitable mood an allowed Neymar the chance to step forward and score his second goal of another one-sided encounter.
Moments later Julian Draxler scored a fifth to underline the fact that it really shouldn’t matter who is on penalty duties for PSG this season so utterly dominant are they at present.