Paris Saint-Germain desperately needed an early goal against Borussia Dortmund as they attempt to advance to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League and they got it in the 28th minute.
Neymar Jr., who is on record saying that he does not like to head the ball, got on the end of an Angel Di Maria corner and scored a fabulous diving header to put PSG in the lead 1-0.
It was the type of goal that you would expect from Erling Haaland or Edinson Cavani, but no, it was Neymar who put his body on the line and scored for PSG to give level the aggregate score at 2-2, which would see Les Parisiens go through on away goals.
Even Kylian Mbappé, who started the match on the bench, enjoyed that goal:
Find someone who cheers for your success like Mbappé does for Neymar's 👏 pic.twitter.com/c6n65hr9NE
— Bleacher Report Live (@brlive) March 11, 2020
After the goal, Neymar celebrated by running to his bench and hitting the same celebration Haaland did after his second goal against PSG in the first leg.
Neymar scores. Puts PSG in front. Runs straight to Mbappe. Hits Haaland's celebration 🧘♂️ pic.twitter.com/qx4JRojVqo
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 11, 2020
Neymar imitating Haaland’s celebration 😂 pic.twitter.com/DmUHPkSJ1Z
— Neymar Stuff (@NeymarStuff__) March 11, 2020
Neymar recreating Haaland's celebration 👌
Savage 😂 pic.twitter.com/fbwlkHSZf1
— Oh My Goal (@OhMyGoalUS) March 11, 2020
It was an excellent start from PSG but they need to keep up this level of execution for the full 90 minutes. Dortmund can score in a flash and PSG has a history of giving up leads in the Champions League.
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