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Neymar in focus

Neymar in focus
By PA Sport

13/08/2017 at 22:36Updated 13/08/2017 at 22:46

Neymar played his first game for Paris St Germain on Sunday night following his world-record transfer from Barcelona.

The Brazilian, the most expensive footballer after his 222 million euros move, finally ran out for his new employers in their 3-0 Ligue 1 victory at Guingamp.

Here Press Association Sport takes a look at how the 25-year-old fared on his debut.


Operating in a free role, the Brazilian used different tricks in an attempt to break down a stubborn Guingamp outfit. Backheels, nutmegs and flicks were all on show during the opening half when the scores were level.


Neymar almost made an impact with his first few touches, nearly picking out Angel Di Maria with a floated through ball in the first minute. The 25-year-old laid on a chance for Edinson Cavani, which was well saved, and then produced a stunning curling cross for Marquinhos to head against the bar. Neymar helped Unai Emery's side kill off the hosts in the 62nd minute, making a sensational pass behind the centre-half for Cavani to latch on to and curl home.


Neymar missed a great chance to work the Guingamp goalkeeper in the 19th minute, firing over the crossbar from 20 yards after creating the space to shoot by wriggling free from a couple of defenders. He was guilty of taking too many touches, rather than shooting early, on a couple of occasions. But he sparked into life in the final 10 minutes, seeing a shot saved before tapping home from close range following a smart cutback from Cavani to get his account up and running.


A goal and an assist represented a fine start to life in France for Neymar, who fitted seamlessly into Emery's starting line-up. Given licence to roam behind Cavani, Neymar produced a series of tricks, passes and dribbles that gave PSG fans glimpses of what they can expect from him on a regular basis.