Neymar Sets Up Goal for Santos with No-Look Flick (Video)

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterApril 11, 2013

While the best in Europe were competing Wednesday night, Neymar and Santos had a big game of their own against Flamengo in the first round of the Copa do Brasil.

And much like the Champions League quarterfinals, the Brazilian match produced some top-class skill. In Spain, FC Barcelona's Andres Iniesta impressed with a slick 180-degree turn inside the Paris Saint-Germain box (GIF here, h/t Who Ate All The Pies).

And in Brazil, Neymar pulled off a no-look, backheel flick to set up a goal. Here's what happened.

Setting up about 10 yards outside the box, Neymar received a pass in the middle with his back to goal. Then, spotting the run of his teammate Giva, Neymar used his first touch to flick the ball into Giva's path.

Giva, a 20-year-old Brazilian forward, took care of the rest, rounding the keeper and scoring the opening goal in the 26th minute. A clip of the goal appears above. It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Thursday. Watch and enjoy.

Santos went ahead 2-0 five minutes later through Walter Montillo's header (Neymar supplied the assist again), but couldn't hold the lead. Flamengo responded with goals either side of halftime to claim a 2-2 draw. Edson Di did the honors both times, scoring in the 34th (from the penalty spot) and 55th minutes.

Full highlights of the match can be seen here.

The second leg of the tie will be held next Wednesday in Santos' Estadio Vila Belmiro.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)

 

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