Kean bags brace as PSG win Basaksehir but Neymar leaves the pitch injured

Paris Saint-Germain’s new signing Moise Kean scored twice as the Les Parisiens beat Istanbul Basaksehir 2-0 in the Champions League group stage second fixture on Wednesday, but Neymar limped off with a groin injury.
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Neymar left the field just after 26 minutes of play and was replaced by winger Pablo Sarabia. 

“I hope it’s not a serious injury and we’ll wait to see the results of his scan tomorrow. It’s his adductor,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “He had to come off. He wasn’t in real pain but he felt uncomfortable. In a packed schedule, he could be out for a few games. But I’m not sure.” 

Having netted twice in previous game against Dijon domestically last weekend, the 20-year-old Moise Kean got his first Champions League goals in the 64th and 79th minutes as PSG got back to winning ways following the defeat in the opening fixture of the competition at home to Manchester United. 

The former Juventus forward headed in Mbappe’s cross following a corner kick situation from the left for his first goal. He then controlled Sarabia’s pass on his right foot before turning to shoot with his left to put his side 2 nil up. 

Champions League newbie Basaksehir sustained their second consecutive defeat, but threatened PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas several times. 

“We can improve the way we play, we need to get better,” Tuchel said. “We knew we would be up against an aggressive side. Maybe we didn’t talk enough in the first half but we improved things in the second, and that’s what won us the match.” 

“Towards the end of the first half we suffered. But we played a good game and held out until the end,” Kean said. “We played away, which isn’t easy. We held firm and got the win.” 

A small number of spectators were present in Istanbul because of covid 19 restrictions. 

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