Champions League

Champions League Top Five, Matchday Six: Neymar and Jesus perfect 10s

The last remaining 16 teams have been confirmed for the next round.

 
10:35am on Thursday 12th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Neymar Jr.
AM (C), W (L) - PSG - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Dec 11, 2019
1Goals
2Assists
4Crosses
37Final third passes
5Touches in box
5Dribbles
7Ball recovered
110Touches

PSG were in devastating form against Galatasaray even though they had already qualified, eventually putting five past the Turkish side to win 5-0. Neymar was at the heart of most of the home side's play, scoring one and setting up another two. His goal came just after the break after he ran in behind the defence to receive a pass into space before lashing a left-footed strike home. The Brazilian's first assist was a simple pass to Pablo Sarabia, but the second was anything but simple as the threaded a magnificent ball in between the Galatasaray defenders for Kylian Mbappe to score. He had 110 touches throughout the game, and completed five dribbles.

Gabriel Jesus
S (C), AM (R) - Man City - 22 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
66'
10
Dec 11, 2019
66Minutes played
3Goals
4Total shots
19Final third passes
7Touches in box
4Duels won
25Passes completed
45Touches

With Sergio Aguero still out injured, Gabriel Jesus continued to deputise with gusto as he scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday, as they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 4-1 away from home. All of his goals displayed aspects of his predatory instinct inside the box. His first and third goals showed the benefits of running ahead of the defender as he glanced a header home and then peeled away to the back post to side-foot a strike expertly into the net. The second was the most impressive of the three, though, as he exchanged a lovely one-two with Phil Foden before dribbling into the area to curl a lovely finish into the bottom corner.

Phil Foden
M (C) - Man City - 19 yrs
90'
9.8
Dec 11, 2019
1Goals
1Assists
4Total shots
31Final third passes
5Dribbles
10Duels won
92Successfull passes %
101Touches

Speaking of Foden, the young Englishman was superb against Dinamo Zagreb scoring one and assisting another and generally looking bright for the whole game. His assist came for Jesus' second goal as he cleverly played the ball back inside for the Brazilian with a one-touch one-two. He eventually got on the scoresheet himself, showing determination to get on the end of a low cross into the box to score from close range. He exuded confidence all night, enjoying 101 touches of the ball and completing 72/76 attempted passes.

Kylian Mbappé
F (C), W (L) - PSG - 20 yrs
90'
9.5
Dec 11, 2019
1Goals
2Assists
6Total shots
4Crosses
18Final third passes
13Touches in box
33Passes completed
58Touches

You could tell Mbappe and Neymar were enjoying their game against Galatasaray, with the pair looking dangerous pretty much every time they went forward. The Frenchman, like his team-mate, scored one and set up another two. His first assist came for the opener for Mauro Icardi as he unselfishly played the ball square for his team-mate to pass home while through on the keeper, while a lovely, slid pass through for Neymar earned him his second. To score his goal, he gave the goalkeeper the eyes to reverse a strike into the bottom corner, and also won a penalty which was converted by Edinson Cavani.

Arkadiusz Milik
ST (C) - Napoli - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
78'
9.4
Dec 10, 2019
3Goals
4Total shots
11Final third passes
6Touches in box
2Duels won
2Clearances
93Successfull passes %
39Touches

Carlo Ancelotti may have got the sack following Napoli's win over Genk, but one player who arguably played for his boss was Arkadiusz Milik, who bagged a hat-trick to send his team through to the last-16. His first goal was thanks to the opposition goalkeeper who took one-too-many touches in front of goal, allowing the Pole to sneak in and smash a strike home. The second was a fantastic finish at the front post after a cross in from the right-hand side, while he earned his hat-trick goal from the penalty spot. A pass completion of 93% is not to be sniffed at, too.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Atletico Madrid squeezed through to the knockout stage after defeating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-0, with Thomas Partey (9.4) dominating the midfield with 16/25 duels won, and 99/108 passes reaching their target. He also had more touches than anyone else in the competition this week with 131.

ROUND TO FORGET

Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt (4) conceded four against Napoli, with him directly responsible for the opener after trying to dribble his way out of trouble while just a yard or two in front of his own line. The home side pounced on his awful touch to score.

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