Neymar’s Flying Backheel Assist Is The Moment He So Desperately Wanted In The UCL
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With the halftime whistle approaching and PSG nursing a slender 1-0 lead over RB Leipzig despite a dominant opening 45 that included seven shots and 70 percent possession, a horrible turnover from Péter Gulácsi presented the Parisian side with a chance to double its advantage.
The Leipzig keeper’s pass initially went straight to Leandro Paredes, who rifled a ball at Neymar just inside the area. For the normal footballer there’s not a lot that can be done with Paredes’ pass, but Neymar is not a normal footballer.
With one instinctive touch, Neymar flicked a left-footed backheel directly into the path of Ángel Di María, standing unmarked on the penalty spot.
Di María made no mistake with the close-range finish, but it’s truly absurd how simple Neymar makes his contribution look. Most players would still be attempting to control that ball from Paredes.
That's two!A costly error gives PSG a two-goal lead through the Di Maria finish. pic.twitter.com/p7VTBLfekL
— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 18, 2020
That Neymar touch pic.twitter.com/QD3numqTPO— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 18, 2020