'Phenomenon' Neymar scores on debut for PSG

 

Phenomenon Neymar scores on debut for PSG
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (left) celebrates after scoring a goal (AFP)

Paris - I play, I'm very happy, and football is the same. Only the country, the city and the team change, but football is the same, he said after the match

By AFP

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Published: Mon 14 Aug 2017, 8:39 PM

Last updated: Tue 15 Aug 2017, 1:37 PM

Neymar wasted no time in making an impact on the field for Paris Saint-Germain, scoring on his debut in a 3-0 win at Guingamp and declaring he felt "more alive than ever".
The Brazilian world record signing was handed a start by coach Unai Emery for the game in Brittany, two days after international clearance came through for his 222 million-euro ($261 million) switch from Barcelona.
The 25-year-old, at home in PSG's all-yellow change kit, played a part in the own goal scored by Jordan Ikoko that gave the away side the lead early in the second half.
He then set up the second goal for Edinson Cavani with a superb pass in behind the Guingamp defence before completing a comfortable victory with his team's third goal eight minutes from the end as PSG made it two wins from two to start the French season.
"People think that leaving Barca is to die, but no, it's the opposite," Neymar told reporters.
"I'm more alive than ever. I play, I'm very happy, and football is the same. Only the country, the city and the team change, but football is the same."
Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouare, a former PSG player, described Neymar as a "phenomenon".
"It's been a long time since I have seen such a phenomenon. All his teammates want to play with him and he brings competition," said Kombouare.
"Everyone gets more time because of him, he can accelerate and make a difference. We're happy that we don't have to play PSG every weekend."
Despite the many distractions of the last couple of weeks, including trips to China, Portugal and the French Riviera and glitzy presentations to the media and PSG fans, Neymar lasted the full 90 minutes.


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