Last updated on September 7, 2019
Neymar did not disappoint in his much-anticipated return, catching a second-half equalizer for Brazil at a 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia.
The Paris Saint-Germain celebrity was enjoying for the very first time for club country since suffering a foot injury in a friendly against Qatar in June, which ruled him out of the Copa America.
Ever since that time, the Brazilian star was embroiled in a long-running transfer saga that ended this week with the Brazilian remaining at PSG — a return to Barcelona eventually ruled out.
Though Neymar created a quiet beginning, it had been his cross from a corner which saw a towering Casemiro, who nodded past weak Lebanese keeper David Ospina to start the scoring.
The lead did not last long since Luis Muriel switched from the place from the 25th after having a high kick from Alex Sandro.
Less than 10 minutes after Muriel fired Colombia forward 2-1. Roger Martinez established the counter-attack, and Duvan Zapata played with a ball out wide to Muriel, who dared beyond Ederson.
Brazil nearly pulled seven minutes into the second half, but Philippe Coutinho’s effort went wide.
Coutinho was crucial to Brazil’s 58th-minute equalizer, discovering Dani Alvez in the halfway point. Alvez’s cross found Neymar, who had been at the ideal spot to play with a side-footed shot into an empty net.
The draw extended Brazil’s unbeaten run to 17 matches, a streak that dates back for their own 2018 World Cup removal by Belgium.
Neymar notched his 61st global goal, place him behind Ronaldo, who sits next to on Brazil’s record led by Pele’s 77.
Both nations will probably be back in action on Wednesday, together with Brazil hosting Peru at a Copa America final rematch at Los Angeles and Colombia carrying on Venezuela at Tampa, Florida.