How Neymar failed to put off Dominik Szoboszlai in key Champions League moment

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Neymar gauntlet answered by Szoboszlai

Brazilian star Neymar was his usual self during Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with RB Leipzig in Saxony last night during the 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena.

RBL went 1-0 in just 8-minutes through French midfielder Christopher Nkunku before former Liverpool standout Georginio Wijnaldum hit a brace before half-time to give the Parisian’s a 2-1 lead that would hold until the dying moments in the second half.

Hungarian starlet Dominik Szoboszlai, who came on for Swedish midfielder Emil Forsberg in the 59th-minute, was presented with a chance to peg RBL back into a position to take a point at home with a stoppage-time spot-kick but not before Neymar tried his best to put the Székesfehérvár-native off before his effort from the spot.

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Despite Neymar doing as much as he possibly could in an exchange that was picked up on pitch-side microphones, the 21-year-old Hungarian kept his cool to beat Gianluigi Donnarumma from 12-yards and to earn Jesse Marsch’s men their first point of the competition as they sit bottom of Group A with their only hope of progression coming through results on matchday’s five and six which may net them passage into the Europa League.

Brazilian star struggling in 2021-22

The failed attempt by Neymar to get into Szoboszlai’s head is perhaps a microcosm of how unfortunate the Brazilian star has been in 2021-22.

With just a goal and three assists to his name across all competitions this season in ten appearances, the former Barcelona starlet and Santos academy graduate has fallen far away from how effective he is on a perennial basis.

How Neymar tried and failed to put off Dominik Szoboszlai before last minute Leipzig penalty

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 10: Neymar (R) of Brazil greets Lionel Messi of Argentina during a match between Brazil and Argentina as part of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifier at Mineirao stadium on November 10, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The Brazilian is well of the pace of his usual data returns during his Parisian adventure after his move from Barça in 2016, while having failed to replicate the dominant performances he regularly put in alongside Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou after they were reunited this summer.

His recent strong performance against LOSC Lille was a reminder of exactly how good – and influential – he truly can be when he is in the mood, but with that level of performance being an outlier this season, one has to wonder if his spell in the French capital has hit a wall that will not be shrugged off as just a short-term issue.




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