While PSG is preparing to receive Angers, this Friday, at 9 p.m. at the Parc des Princes, its South Americans were mobilized in Brazil and Argentina by the last of the three matches of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers of this international break.
It was towards Neymar that all eyes were turned, while Marquinhos, him, had been left at rest.
Suspended for the first meeting in Venezuela, he had not found the solution against Colombia (0-0) and he was even called an idiot by the star commentator of TV Globo for having returned to the locker room as soon as the final whistle without greeting his opponents.
The number 10 of the Seleçao, was also expected after being questioned in a documentary on the rest of his international career after the 2022 World Cup.
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In Manaus, Neymar responded to criticism by achieving a very complete match: a splendid goal (chest cushioning on an opening from Fred, feigned to erase the goalkeeper and cross strike at the back of the net), two assists and a festival of dribbling and of high-class technical gestures.
All his actions or passes did not succeed but the smile and the joy of Neymar after his goal, the 70th in the selection which brings him closer to the record of Pelé (77), said a lot about his state of mind.
[🎞️GOAL] 🏆🌎 Qualif.
🤩🤩🤩 The splendid goal of Neymar !!!
👏 Well served by Fred, the Parisian plays Muslera and slides the ball into the goal, between the legs of a defender! Https: //t.co/otZGmTzoeX
- beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) October 15, 2021
"I see him as someone strong at 29," Mauricio Pochettino said this week.
Since he was little, he has been under pressure to do great things on a football pitch, he has incredible mental strength, an incredible character ”.
At the end of the match, Neymar fell into the arms of his former MSN accomplice at Barça, Luis Suarez.
The M of the trio, Lionel Messi, was on his side in Buenos Aires, to face Peru.
In a closed match made very rough by the commitment of the Peruvians, the Albiceleste signed a 25th consecutive game without defeat.
The last setback of the winner of the Copa America 2021 dates back to the semi-final of the Copa America 2019 lost (2-0) against Brazil, the future winner.
So omnipresent during the clear victory against Uruguay, Lionel Messi tried to combine with Angel Di Maria, tenured to his left, without success.
Peru got a penalty to equalize but Yotun hit the bar.
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The number 30 of the PSG then evoked a “hard match, difficult to play” against Peruvians “all behind leaving little space”.
But he also attacked Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio: “Every time he leads us, does the same.
He seems to be doing it on purpose.
But hey, three important points that bring us closer to the goal ”.
Argentina remain second in the Amsud zone six points behind Brazil.