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Neymar absent again as PSG lose

Neymar once again failed to make it onto the pitch, having also sat out their 0-0 draw with Ronaldo's Al Nassr Tuesday

Update : 28 Jul 2023, 11:31 PM

Former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa added to Paris Saint-Germain's woes Friday, earning J-League side Cerezo Osaka a 3-2 win over the Ligue 1 champions in the second game of their Japan tour.

Hugo Ekitike and Vitinha found the net for PSG, but Jordy Croux and Sota Kitano replied for Cerezo before Kagawa struck to seal Cerezo's comeback win in Osaka.

Neymar once again failed to make it onto the pitch for PSG, having also sat out their 0-0 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr Tuesday.

Kylian Mbappe was sensationally left out of the squad on the eve of PSG's departure for Asia, with a source close to negotiations telling AFP Monday that the club have received a world record bid of 300m-euro ($333m) from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal.

Ekitike opened the scoring for PSG in the 17th minute, beating the offside trap to tuck home Warren Zaire-Emery's cross.

A mix-up between Milan Skriniar and Danilo Pereira gifted Cerezo an equalizer five minutes later, the pair both missing a long punt forward from Cerezo goalkeeper Yang Han-been before Croux capitalized with a slick finish.

Ekitike then turned provider in some style for PSG four minutes after the break.

After receiving the ball from Vitinha on the edge of the area Ekitike back-heeled into the path of the Portuguese, who had continued his run forward and gleefully steered home.

Carlos Soler lashed over the bar after breaking in behind in the 66th minute, and one minute later PSG were made to rue that miss.

Ryo Watanabe pressed high to win possession for Cerezo, before crossing for fellow substitute Sota Kitano to slam beyond Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Kagawa then struck the hammer blow for Cerezo in the 79th minute, arrowing into the top corner after Cher Ndour was robbed by Haruki Arai on the edge of the penalty area.

PSG's next game is against Champions League runners-up Inter Milan in Tokyo Tuesday, before they travel to South Korea to take on K-League side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.


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