Four years ago today, Neymar Jr. debuted on London’s Olympic Games
Neymar Jr. will soon be in the pitch to participate in the first game of his second Olympics. Four years ago today, the player went through a similar a moment when, on July 26, he debuted in London’s big competition, for the first time in his career.
The Olympic Football Team prepared throughout the whole month for the competition. A few days before its big debut, day 20, the team beat Great Britain by 2-0, in a friendly match at Riverside Stadium. Six days later, the long awaited moment arrived.
It was at Millenium Stadium, at Cardiff city, in a pitch with a capacity for 76 thousand people that the Olympic football players debuted against Egypt. Brazil was pressured during the first 10 minutes, but soon changed it all and opened the score with an assistance from Rafael and a goal from Oscar.
Leandro Damião scored with assistance from Oscar and Neymar Jr. also scored his goal on the first half, after a counter-attack pulled by the player himself. In the second half, the Brazilian team created chances, but Egypt did better and scored twice, almost making a draw. By the end of the game, NJr. Almost made his second with the help of Marcelo, but the goalkeeper El Shenawy prevented it.
It was a good debut back in 2012. Neymar Jr. kept on until the final, where he was defeated by Mexico and conquered the silver medal. Playing in Brazil this time, after the friendly match of day 30, against Japan, the team will debut in Brasília, against South Africa, where the number 10 will chase his second medal. And we hope it’s the golden one.
(TOP PHOTO: Glyn Kirk/AFP)