After five-times FIFA World Cup champions Brazil were held by England at the Wembley on Tuesday night, PSG star Neymar said the South American giants tried their level best to breach Three Lions’ defence in their intriguing International friendly match. It was Liverpool youngster Joe Gomez who stole the spotlights from South American stars including the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Tottenham Hotspur’s old boy Paulinho and the Reds very own Philippe Coutinho, who embarked his return on the international stage after his thigh injury. “We tried everything,” Neymar said. “We had possession, we had chances to score, but we knew this was a squad used to defending more than other teams,” the PSG star added.
Gabriel Gomez, who made his international debut for England against a free-scoring Brazil was declared the man of the match for his sizzling performance as the 20-year old was pivotal in giving Tite’s side a frustrating goalless draw at the monumental Wembley Stadium in London. Although the former Barcelona star was satisfied with Brazil’s performance as the pliant visitors according to Neymar didn’t provide any chances to Gareth Southgate’s injury-struck side and evenly made the contest difficult for the home side. “But I’m satisfied with our game. We didn’t give chances to our opponents, we tried to create some,” Neymar said in a statement. “We made things difficult for them and that’s a good thing for us,” he added.
The 25-year old former Santos player said his side always has room for improvement and is hoping to reach new heights with Brazil (who are beaten just once in 11 games) by the end of this year. “It’s a good way of training, of working, of seeing what’s lacking so that we could win, score,” the Olympic gold winner for Brazil said. “But I’m happy with the year we’ve had, that we will end it in a good manner, and that’s all that matters,” he concluded.
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