Pa­per­work de­lays de­but of record-set­ter Ney­mar


The star was miss­ing but the party went ahead suc­cess­fully at the Parc des Princes on Satur­day as host Paris Saint-Ger­main won its French league sea­son opener.

With­out Ney­mar on the pitch, Edin­son Ca­vani and Javier Pa­s­tore took on the scor­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to en­sure PSG got a win­ning start by beat­ing pro­moted Amiens, 2-0.

World record sign­ing Ney­mar was in­el­i­gi­ble to play be­cause of pa­per­work is­sues. PSG Coach Unai Emery opted for a 4-3-3 for­ma­tion with Pa­s­tore and An­gel Di Maria sup­port­ing Ca­vani.

Just like the fans, Ney­mar watched from the stands. The French league did not re­ceive his international trans­fer cer­tifi­cate from the Span­ish fed­er­a­tion be­fore Fri­day night’s dead­line, de­spite his $263 mil­lion move from Barcelona be­ing com­pleted the pre­vi­ous day.

“All I know is that the club did ev­ery­thing to have the player’s trans­fer rat­i­fied,” Emery said. “He pre­pared for the game with the group, we waited un­til the very end. I don’t know if Spain did ev­ery­thing, but PSG did all it could.”

Ney­mar did not play but he gave fans some­thing to cheer about dur­ing his of­fi­cial pre­sen­ta­tion be­fore the game. Ney­mar was un­veiled at a cer­e­mony in­volv­ing fire­works and did a lap of honor.

The 25-year-old Brazil international is ex­pected to make his de­but Aug. 13 against Guingamp.

GER­MANY: Sven Ul­re­ich saved two penal­ties as Bay­ern Mu­nich de­feated host Borus­sia Dort­mund, 5-4 in a shootout, to win the sea­son-open­ing Ger­man Su­per­cup.

The game went straight to penal­ties af­ter Bay­ern scored late in a goal­mouth scram­ble to earn a 2-2 draw in reg­u­lar time.

Amer­i­can Chris­tian Pulisic had fired Dort­mund into an early lead. How­ever, Robert Le­wandowski equal­ized against his for­mer club shortly af­ter­ward. Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang thought he’d won it for the home side, only for Joshua Kim­mich’s shot to be de­flected in via Lukasz Piszczek and Ro­man Buerki.

MLS: C.J. Sapong started and fin­ished the scor­ing for the Philadel­phia Union in a 3-1 vic­tory over FC Dal­las in Chester, Pa. It was the first-ever win for Philadel­phia over Dal­las.

The Union came in 0-5-4 against Dal­las, which had a league-low two de­feats away from home.

Sapong scored in the 17th and 68th min­utes . . . .

The Chicago Fire scored the fi­nal three goals in a 4-1 vic­tory over the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion in Bridgeview, Ill. Jun­inho Gomes broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 39th minute to start the spurt . . . .

An­thony Jack­son-Hamel scored the win­ning goal in the 84th minute in help­ing the Mon­treal Im­pact to a 2-1 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Or­lando City SC . . . .

Clint Dempsey scored twice, in the 18th and 73rd min­utes, to lead the Seat­tle Sounders to a 4-0 vic­tory over Min­nesota United FC in Min­neapo­lis.


Ney­mar is not ex­pected to make his de­but for Paris Saint-Ger­main un­til Aug. 13 against Guingamp.

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