Paris Saint-Germain had been waiting for Neymar, and Brazil more than he gave in the victory of the league champions Wednesday to Liverpool.
The most expensive player in the world scored what turned out to be the winning goal when the PSG beat the runners of the previous season to 2-1 to step back in an unimaginable group exit.
His 14th goal of the season reached the end of a movement that had begun with its blinding rhythm. Neymar was celebrated dancing by the corner flag with Kylian Mbappe and presenting the cameras.
But the night of Neymar was much more than that.
Just a short time after the opening goal of Juan Bernat, Neymar approached the touchline in front of the dugout to make a challenge and then shook his arms in a frenzy to calm the crowd.
He spent most of the second half running the socks to help the PSG defend the leadership, and also bothered the manager of Liverpool Jurgen Klopp for being "smart" in winning fouls and buying time.
"It was not 100 percent," Neymar told reporters, through L & # 39; Equipe. "But it was an important match so, injured or not, I had to be there."
"For us it was all or nothing. We kicked a bit but we are relieved that we won, we played well and showed the strength of our squad," Neymar said. "We need to celebrate it. After the game we're screaming, fluttering, dancing, so we're happy."
The PSG could be eliminated with a defeat, but now it is above Liverpool in Group C and directs Red Star to Belgrade in its last game in fifteen days with qualification for the last 16 in their hands.
"He was smart of the PSG, especially Neymar, but many other players fell as if it were really serious and we were not calmer," said Klopp. We were aggressive and, unfortunately, the negative aggression did not help in soccer, we were quite frustrated and angry.
"But we have to deal with this, that's our job. If the referee does this, we have to deal with it."
Asked about what the officers could do most, Klopp replied: "You could say 500.00 things. You can give yellow cards for everything. Do you act like you die and the next moment you get up again? It's not a sporty behavior. It's hectic and already It was not football. I do not say that Paris did not deserve (win). "
It was a great night personally for Neymar, in the most important game of the PSG Champions League since the last 16, the second leg against Real Madrid last season, that the Brazilian missed by injury.
This was probably the most important result of the French club in the competition since they beat Barcelona 4-0 in the last 16 two seasons.
However, Neymar was far from being solely responsible. There were great performances in everything, with Marco Verratti impressive in the middle of the field and Thiago Silva dominated everyone in the central defense.