NEYMAR returned to the PSG squad on Tuesday to inspire victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Whilst the 30-year-old was not on the pitch for long, he was certainly impressed with his performance.
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PSG was completely dominant throughout the game but did not seem to have the cutting edge to put away the chances that they were creating.
That was, until the 94th minute.
Neymar picked up the ball in the middle of the half before sending a back-heel to Kylian Mbappe on the left.
The Frenchman then drove into the box and skipped through Eder Militao and Lucaz Vazquez before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.
The Parisians went on to win the game 1-0.
Mauricio Pochettino introduced Neymar in the 72nd minute as the replacement for Angel Di Maria and it was undoubtedly the best decision he could have made.
The Brazilian injected his team with a new level of intensity and added more pace to the game.
His style of play put Real Madrid on edge, which forced them to make some defensive errors.
Within one minute of coming off the bench, he forced David Alaba to make a foul on the edge of the penalty area, winning a free-kick in the process.
It’s hard to believe that the Brazilian was just making his return after being sidelined with a ligament injury.
He looked like he was at his best and could prove to be a key asset going into the second leg of the fixture.
The second leg of the Champions League round-of-16 will take place on March 9.
Whilst PSG has a slim advantage, they will still have a tough task on their hands as they travel to Santiago Bernabeu to face Real Madrid again.
Source | The Sun