Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle

Neymar went off on a stretcher after twisting his right ankle late in league leader Paris Saint-Germain's 3-0 victory against Marseille. The Brazil striker was taken off with 10 minutes remaining, after going in for a challenge on Marseille defender Bouna Sarr. PSG coach Unai Emery is hopeful that Neymar will recover in time for the Champions League game against Real Madrid on March 6. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg in the last 16. "The first tests revealed a twist. We will do further tests," Emery said. "For the match against Real, if I had to say 'yes or no' right now, I'd say yes." Neymar had his head in his hands and appeared tearful as he was taken off. His standing leg jarred as he lost balance and the weight of his body went onto his ankle, which briefly buckled under him.

"Of course I'm worried about Neymar," PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola said. "His ankle was quite swollen. He's an important player for us and I hope he comes back quickly." PSG's game against fierce rival Marseille was heated, especially in the second half, with cheap challenges from both teams and 11 yellow cards — six of them for the hosts. "We were solid and we tried to control the game," PSG captain Thiago Silva said. "It's a shame that we lost an important player (Neymar) at the end." The win moved PSG 14 points clear of second-place Monaco, with only 11 games left. Marseille is two points further back in third. PSG's first two goals stemmed from Marseille's mistakes at the back.

In the 10th minute, PSG right back Dani Alves' pass behind the defense was easily read by left back Jordan Amavi. But rather than clearing the ball properly, his soft sliding tackle knocked it to Kylian Mbappe, who skipped past another defender before drilling a low shot into the bottom right corner. The second goal came from the other side, as midfielder Adrien Rabiot broke down the left and his cross found Neymar, whose side-footed pass was turned into his own net by center half Jorge Rolando in the 28th. PSG's third in the 56th owed nothing to fortune, as Cavani expertly controlled Neymar's pass from the left with the inside of his foot, easily turned Rolando and smacked in a powerful shot past goalkeeper Yohann Pele for his league-leading 24th of the season. Mbappe shook his head disapprovingly when substituted, with winger Angel Di Maria replacing him for the last 30 minutes. Marseille threatened mainly from midfielder Dimitri Payet's laser-like free kicks, but no one could get on the end of them.