Neymar Makes Up For ‘Hat Trick Of Misses’ With Dramatic Performance In PSG’s Champions League Win Against Atalanta

The first half of PSG’s Champions League quarterfinal against Atalanta was one that saw Brazilian superstar Neymar get into position to score numerous times, however, he came up empty.

Neymar had four total shots, and he put one on the frame, but he missed three fantastic opportunities to get his team on the board, including one from right in front of goal in the opening minutes.

He also had a wasted pass to Mauro Icardi for what looked set to be the opening goal. Here’s a look at his first half and comments by our Jamie Carragher in our London studio:

“There’s no doubt he’s looked [like] the sharpest player on the pitch,” Carragher said. “Look at the three centre backs from Atalanta that play that man-marking system. I felt there would be huge changes.

“He has absolutely killed them outside the box … Massively lacking inside the box. I think he’s been fantastic to watch … He’s certainly got to deliver one or two goals.”

It was certainly a half to forget. Now, Neymar did look sharp, got into great position and all, but it was the finishing that he still hasn’t encountered. Atalanta led 1-0 at the break, putting PSG on upset alert ahead of a vital second half.

“There’s no doubt he’s looked [like] the sharpest player on the pitch,” Carragher said. “Look at the three center backs from Atalanta that play that man-marking system. I felt there would be huge chances.

“He has absolutely killed them outside the box … Massively lacking inside the box. I think he’s been fantastic to watch … He’s certainly got to deliver one or two goals.”

In the second half, he was the man for his side. On Marquinhos’ equalizer in the 90th minute, he didn’t strike a shot well but it fell right to the goalscorer:

You can watch the match on CBS All Access.

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