Brazil star Neymar appears to copy an outrageous Lionel Messi piece of skill by using the REFEREE to beat defenders in their World Cup thrashing of South Korea – in an echo of his PSG team-mate’s brilliant improvisation while at Barcelona
- Neymar pulled off a sensational skill move in Brazil’s 4-1 win against South Korea
- Tite’s side booked their place in the World Cup last 16 with Monday’s victory
- Neymar was excellent on his return to the team after an ankle ligament injury
- The Paris Saint-Germain star scored a penalty – and fans spotted something else
- Neymar used the ref to beat two opponents, like PSG team-mate Lionel Messi did
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Neymar channeled Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Lionel Messi as he pulled off a flamboyant skill move in Brazil’s thrashing of South Korea.
Tite’s men cruised past the Asian side 4-1 in their last-16 tie on Monday night, with the star forward on the scoresheet as he returned to the team after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the group stage.
And during the match, Neymar appeared to copy an outrageous Messi-esque piece of improvisation as he used the referee to beat two opponents, in an echo of the Argentine doing the same thing at Barcelona.
Neymar appeared to copy an outrageous Lionel Messi skill move for Brazil on Monday night
In a 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup last 16, he used the ref to beat two defenders
Neymar, with his back to the South Korea goal, received a pass from a team-mate, with official Clement Turpin a yard away and facing him.
The 30-year-old then deliberately took a touch towards Turpin, so that the ball was almost between the referee’s legs and the pair were face-to-face as defenders close in from both sides.
As the opposing duo sprinted closer and the ref backed away, Neymar dragged the ball back and with a quick flick had escaped the press and burst forwards.
Fans spotted that his PSG team-mate Lionel Messi (left) did the same thing while at Barcelona
Neymar scored from the penalty spot on his return to the side after an ankle ligament injury
A video on social media shows Messi also completing the same move while at Barcelona – and eagle-eyed fans on social media quickly spotted the comparison.
Vinicius Junior opened the scoring for Brazil against the South Koreans, with Neymar netting from the spot six minutes later, with Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta making it 4-0 at the interval, before Paik Seung-ho scored after the break.
Neymar’s return to the side, after missing the group-stage games against Switzerland and Cameroon, is a massive boost for the Selecao, who now face Japan’s conquerors Croatia in the quarter-final on Friday.