Neymar shows usual signs of magic but is unable to dominate for Brazil

The world’s most expensive footballer lit up Wembley at times until England’s dogged resistance meant his influence faded as the game went on

With 23 minutes gone on a room temperature night at Wembley Neymar did something beautiful, delicate and almost entirely at odds with the rest of this game.

Taking the ball with a knot of white shirts in front of him Neymar eased into a tiny green pocket of space and produced a ludicrous pass, raising his right foot at an oblique angle to generate backspin and flicking off his little toe a perfectly floated ball between two defenders for Gabriel Jesus to wriggle in behind and almost get a shot on goal.

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