Neymar produced one stunning touch for Brazil v Ecuador

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Gabriel Jesus deservedly dominated the headlines following his magnificent performance on his international debut for Brazil against Ecuador on Thursday night.

The 19-year-old, who will join Manchester City in January, scored two excellent goals as the Seleção ran out 3-0 winners in Quito.

However, it was Neymar who produced the best touch of the night. Brazil’s goalkeeper Alisson launched the ball to the left flank and Neymar somehow kept the ball in play with his head. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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The ball looked like it was going out of play but Neymar leapt high, twisted and headed the ball.

It initially looked as if he thought the ball had gone out for an Ecuador throw-in, until he realised the ball - which was rolling down the touchline - was still in play.

Video: Neymar's incredible touch v Ecuador

The Barcelona superstar then collected the ball and offloaded it to another blue shirt.

Good night overall for Neymar

It was an excellent night for Neymar, who helped Brazil win their first ever Olympic gold medal in football last month.

He scored his 47th goal for his country - yes, 47th - with a penalty in the 72nd minute.

The 24-year-old then setup Jesus for his second of the night in second-half stoppage time.

Tite praises Neymar's display

On Neymar’s performance, Brazil’s new head coach Tite was quoted by ESPN as saying: "The whole team was good, and so was he.

"The Neymar of Brazil, originating from Santos. A technical leader ... he has several facets, competitiveness, behaviour. He fulfilled his role, closed space.

"The team had this spirit of solidarity."

Neymar's first match after giving up captaincy

This was Neymar’s first match for Brazil after giving up the captaincy last month.

The armband is now in the hands of Inter defender Miranda after Neymar admitted he no longer wanted it following victory at the Olympics.

“I’ve already talked to my family and from now on I don’t want to be captain of the Brazilian team,” the forward said, per Eurosport, last month.

“This is a message to the new coach, Tite. I don’t want to be the captain.

“We all knew how important this gold was. I knew that, besides being their teammate, I was a role model for the lads, and so they looked at me differently, but we ended up becoming friends.

“I’ll have learned more from them than they have from me.”

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