Neymar Delighted for Gabriel Jesus to End Goal Drought
Brazil captain Neymar said he was delighted for Gabriel Jesus to end his Seleção scoring drought, having not scored in canary yellow since before the World Cup.
Jesus took a lot of criticism for failing to find the net in Russia, but he opened the scoring against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh after a wonderful through ball from Neymar.
The Brazil captain said the whole team were willing Jesus to score, “I was very happy today. I was wanting a goal from Gabriel. I would trade five of my goals to help him
“It was all very unfair what he endured at the World Cup, the criticism was above what was necessary. I was happy to help him score again. I was really thinking about it. We knew he needed it.”
The captain admitted that the game had been a low key affair with little excitement for the watching public in Riyadh, but said the conditions played a part.
“Nobody likes to play like that. It was complicated. There wasn’t much of a breeze. That ends up influencing the game. But we managed to play a good game anyway.”