x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Substitute Neymar denied victory on Barcelona debut in Poland

Friendly at Polish side Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday ends in a 2-2 draw with Brazilian forward being brought in late in the game.

Neymar came on in the 78th minute for Barcelona against the Polish side Lechia Gdansk.
Neymar came on in the 78th minute for Barcelona against the Polish side Lechia Gdansk.

Neymar, Barcelona's new signing, was denied a win on his debut when the Brazil forward came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-2 draw in a friendly at Polish side Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday.

The stand-out performer in his nation's triumph at last month's Fifa Confederations Cup, Neymar joined up with his new teammates on Monday and made the trip to Poland to feature in a Barca squad for the first time since joining from Santos.

He replaced Chile forward Alexis Sanchez in the 78th minute, just after Lionel Messi, the World Player of the Year, had been substituted, and was welcomed with a series of robust challenges from the home players.

Gerardo Martino, the new manager, did not make the trip to Poland and will make his debut on the bench when Barca host Neymar's former club in a friendly at the Nou Camp on Friday.

A minute's silence was held before the match in Gdansk after Barca announced earlier on Tuesday that Antoni Ramallets, their former goalkeeper, had died at the age of 89.

Ramallets made 473 appearances for the Catalan club between 1946 and 1961 and won six Spanish Primera Liga titles and five Spanish Cups.

He was awarded the Zamora trophy for the top goalkeeper in La Liga five times and was part of the Spain squad that finished fourth at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

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