Brazil star Neymar arrived in Russia admitting he would not have paid the £200million Paris St Germain did for his services, but ready to show the world his quality.
Here, FP takes a look at how he fared in his side’s 1-1 Group E draw with Switzerland in Rostov.
Looked lively in the early stages, but tired as the game wore on having missed the final three months of Paris St Germain’s season with a fractured metatarsal. His cause was not helped by some tenacious tackling which cost both Stephan Lichtsteiner and Valon Behrami bookings.
Lined up on the left side of a three behind lone striker Gabriel Jesus and was asked to link up with playmaker Philippe Coutinho and target the space between full-back Lichtsteiner and central defender Fabian Schar. His readiness to take runners inside also gave marauding full-back Marcelo the opportunity to add another supply line.
Initially caused the Swiss defence major problems with his movement and ability on the ball. His influence waned as time ran down with his lack of recent action and a series of crunching challenges on him taking their toll, but he kept going manfully until the final whistle and might have won it at the death.
Created a series of chances for others, but also had a handful of opportunities to score himself. He saw a 58th-minute shot deflected into the side-netting by Lichtsteiner, but might have done better with two minutes remaining when he headed Willian’s cross straight at keeper Yann Sommer.
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